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Ken Koretsky Excited about Getting First NHRA Win at Reading, Pa. Maple Grove Raceway Is Richboro, Pa., Driver's Home Track READING, Pa., Sept. 13, 2004 - What some may have thought as idle boasting just may become reality at Maple Grove Raceway...

Ken Koretsky Excited about Getting First NHRA Win at Reading, Pa. Maple Grove Raceway Is Richboro, Pa., Driver's Home Track

READING, Pa., Sept. 13, 2004 - What some may have thought as idle boasting just may become reality at Maple Grove Raceway during the 20th annual Lucas Oil Nationals, Sept. 17-19.

Pro Stock driver Ken Koretsky has been telling everyone his Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Stratus is capable of winning a race before the 2004 POWERade season comes to a close.

"We can win a race . . . I know we can," is what the Richboro, Pa.-based Koretsky says.

It isn't an opinion the affable veteran competitor has been able to voice many times in his NHRA driving career, but there's a lot of credence behind it now. Koretsky came within 17-thousdandths of a second of winning that elusive first national event at the 50th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the sport's oldest and most prestigious race, at Indianapolis Sept. 6.

About two feet is all that separated Koretsky from Greg Anderson and the milestone victory at the quarter-mile finish line.

"It took a couple days for it to sink in," Koretsky said of is first title round appearance in 159 NHRA Pro Stock outings. "I was probably the happiest loser around. To get to the finals of the 50th U.S. Nationals is just fantastic. I left the starting line first and we gave him a run for it," Koretsky continued. "We were ahead of him almost all the way."

Should that all-important triumph come at Maple Grove, it would bring more jubilation to Koretsky. Maple Grove is one of two national event tracks close to his hometown. The other is Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.

"To win anywhere would be terrific, but to win at Maple Grove would be incredible because there will be a lot of friends and family there cheering for me," he said. "It would be quite a celebration. My phone was ringing off the hook after Indy with people calling to congratulate me.

"That was exciting an exciting race. I thought our team - crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia, co-crew chiefs Jerry Eckman and Joe Cunningham and transportation director Denver Black - was poised and professional. No one made mistakes."

His career-best showing also took him to another level in points - 10th. Never before had Koretsky been among the top 10, and his 709 points put him only 12 behind No. 9 Warren Johnson. He trails No. 8 Steve Johns by 76 points with five races remaining. Each round win is worth 20 points.

"We think we can run fast at all the tracks remaining on the '04 schedule," Koretsky said. "Larry Morgan's motors have a lot of horsepower and Eddie has been doing a great job fine-tuning the clutch. We want to win as many rounds as we can before the season ends."

Koretsky also praised Eckman for working to improve his starting line reaction times. "He helped me get my self confidence back and it really showed at Indy," said Koretsky, who had reactions of .027, .003, .033 and .037 seconds (.000 is perfect).

"We'd like to make a good run during Friday night qualifying at Maple Grove and finish in the top half of the (16-car qualified) field," he concluded. "Then our goal is win rounds on Sunday - preferably all of them."

Qualifying runs are scheduled for 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Eliminations begin Sunday at 11 a.m.

Glick Fire Equipment Joins Koretsky for Reading Race

Ken Koretsky's Nitro Fish Wear Dodge will carry a one-race sponsorship from Glick Fire Equipment Company for the Lucas Oil Nationals, Sept. 17-19, at Reading, Pa.

"Kenny Koretsky's hometown is in nearby Bucks County. He is familiar with our business and acquainted with many local firefighters," said David Glick, president of Glick Fire Equipment. "We are excited to have the opportunity. We believe this is an excellent way to promote our dealership and the products we represent."

Glick Fire Equipment is located in nearby Bird-in-Hand, Pa., and is an authorized sales and service dealership in Pennsylvania for Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wis. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, custom and commercial tankers, aerials, rescue trucks, homeland security vehicles, wildland trucks and minipumpers.

Kyle Koretsky Wins Junior Dragster Race

Kyle Koretsky, 15, beat his dad to the winner's circle. Kyle won the McDonald's Challenge and McDonald's King of the Hill NHRA Junior Dragster event at Englishtown, N.J., recently. This is his first year driving a Junior Dragster.

"Kyle went seven rounds to win his class and then won another three rounds to take the King of the Hill title," said his proud father. "I'm proud of him. He really understands that kind of racing."

Kyle had been to two final rounds and one semifinal in three earlier races.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Greg Anderson , Larry Morgan , Kenny Koretsky , Steve J