Pomona: Kenny Koretsky preview

Koretsky & Nickens ready for NHRA POWERADE season-opening. POMONA, Calif. -- It's time to go racing -- NHRA style! The 2003 NHRA POWERADE® Drag Racing Series kicks off this weekend (Feb. 6-9) with the 43rd annual K&N Filters Winternationals...

Koretsky & Nickens ready for NHRA POWERADE season-opening.

POMONA, Calif. -- It's time to go racing -- NHRA style! The 2003 NHRA POWERADE® Drag Racing Series kicks off this weekend (Feb. 6-9) with the 43rd annual K&N Filters Winternationals at Pomona Raceway in Pomona, Calif. One Pro Stock team to keep an eye on and the surprise of the preseason is the newly formed union between KPK Motorsports and Nickens Brothers Racing.

In what is arguably NHRA's most competitive professional class, the recently formed racing program between Kenny Koretsky, from Richboro, Pa., and former driver and engine builder David Nickens, of Conroe, Texas, shocked the Pro Stock community with their preseason showing at the 10th annual Pontiac Excitement Pro Stock SuperBowl at Houston Raceway Park. With engine power supplied by Nickens, who worked with crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia, Jr. on tuning and setup operations, Koretsky raced to a runner up position.

Numbers from last weekend's SuperBowl in Houston gave Koretsky, driver of the KPK Motorsports/Nickens Brothers Racing Dodge Neon R/T, reason to be optimistic about the K&N Filters Winternationals. Although career best elapsed time and speed can only be set at a NHRA POWERADE Drag Racing Series national event, Koretsky ran an unofficial career best time and speed by recording a pass of 6.781 seconds at 203.52 mph at Houston. Both bested his official career best of 6.833 seconds at 201.52 mph established at the 2002 NHRA Matco Tools SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J.

"The results at Houston have me pumped. I've never been this excited entering the start of a season," said Koretsky. "The goal of this team is to be in contention each and every race. With Nickens' power and tune up and the chassis expertise of Eddie Guarnaccia, I look for us to be a threat every time we take to the track. It not going to be easy though. There are too many good competitors and the competition is too close. We're ready and I can't wait to get started."

Nickens feels that the new team has potential. "I'm excited about working with Kenny and Eddie Guarnaccia. It's going to be a joint effort between Eddie and I to tune and ready this for competition. I think between the two of us we should have a pretty good team. The main thing is that we work very well together. I think Kenny can win races if he has all the right ingredients. As a team we're going to try to give him everything he needs.

"We've got a great opportunity here and our job will be to make the most of it. I know Kenny can do the job driving. Our goal is to go out and beat everybody at each race be it Chevrolets, Dodges or Pontiacs. No matter who's in the other lane you got to turn the win light on. I'm ready for Pomona."

-kpk-

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