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Koretsky Close to Pushing Nitro Fish Wear Dodge into Pro Stock Top 10 He's Hoping to Make It Happen at Mid-South Nationals MEMPHIS, August 17, 2004 - In homage of the home of Elvis Presley, Kenny Koretsky says he felt like he was in the ...

Koretsky Close to Pushing Nitro Fish Wear Dodge into Pro Stock Top 10
He's Hoping to Make It Happen at Mid-South Nationals

MEMPHIS, August 17, 2004 - In homage of the home of Elvis Presley, Kenny Koretsky says he felt like he was in the "Heartbreak Hotel" Sunday at Brainerd, Minn.

Koretsky and his Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Stratus have been diligently pursuing a position in the POWERade Series Pro Stock top 10. He appeared on his way when a mechanical malfunction dashed his opportunity in the opening round. He was eight points out of 10th place at the time.

The driver from Richboro, Pa., is a mere four points behind Rickie Smith and gets another opportunity in the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park, Friday through Sunday.

"There are seven races to go (in the 23-race schedule) and we have a lot of rounds of racing left," said Koretsky. "It was really disappointing, but we continue to run well and we know this was just a freak thing."

Two rocker arms in the Larry Morgan-built engine broke in Koretsky's race against Kurt Johnson.

"I left the line first (.043 to .051 seconds) and when I shifted into third gear it sounded like the ignition went sour. I didn't want to hurt the engine so I shut if off immediately," recalled Koretsky, who had qualified fourth overall (6.756 seconds). "It was a great weekend until then."

"You don't usually break two rocker arms in a motor," said Morgan. "It was a freak thing."

Morgan took the engine to his Newark, Ohio, shop for repairs and they don't expect anything like that to happen this weekend.

"We are anxious to get to Memphis," said Koretsky. "We are hoping to take care of business so we can leave there in the top 10. Fortunately for us, Rickie also lost in the first round at Brainerd so we're just four points behind (558-584).

"I'm proud of the way Eddie (Guarnaccia, crew chief) and the crew are preparing the car," he added. "We have qualified in the top half of the (16-car) field in nine of the last 12 races."

Koretsky has run his quickest time (6.723 seconds) and speed (204.42 mph) in the last three races.

Qualifying will be Friday at 4:30 and 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 and 6 p.m. Eliminations will begin at later-than-usual 3 p.m. Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Larry Morgan , Kenny Koretsky , Rickie Smith