Ricky Smith retunrs to Pro Stock wars at Houston

Houston, Texas - - Rickie Smith, driver of the KPK Motorsports Pro Stock Camaro, owned by Pro Stock campaigner Kenny Koretsky, will return to the fray at this weekend’s O’Reilly Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park in...

Houston, Texas - - Rickie Smith, driver of the KPK Motorsports Pro Stock Camaro, owned by Pro Stock campaigner Kenny Koretsky, will return to the fray at this weekend’s O’Reilly Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, about 30 miles from the heart of downtown Houston.

Smith sat out last weekend’s inaugural event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The time off was spent testing new equipment so that the team might be competitive in the Pro Stock division, a class many call the most competitive in NHRA drag racing.

“As owner it is my job to provide this team with the most competitive equipment available to us,” said Koretsky. “We have been testing a new engine from the shop of noted engine builder Frank Iaconio and are pleased with the results. We feel we will see the same results here at Houston.

“In addition, we are planning to debut a new Jerry Bickel-built Camaro at the same time we announce our primary sponsor. Our plans call for us to have the best equipment and to be a viable force for the remainder of the 2000 season. With proper attention to detail, we should position ourselves for a run at the top spot in 2001,” added Koretsky.

Smith’s last victory came on this very same Houston Raceway Park track in October of 1999 at the Matco Tools SuperNationals. It was his second career win in eight final rounds. The 46-year-old King, N.C., driver is also a five-time IHRA Pro Stock champion and campaigns in the Pro Mod class on that circuit when his NHRA schedule allows.

Koretsky, 42, of Richboro, Penn., has driven both Top Fuel and Pro Stock in a career that dates back to 1976. He is the answer to the trivia question: “Who was the first and only driver to qualify both a Top Fuel dragster and a Pro Stock car at the same national event?”. Koretsky accomplished the feat at the 1989 Phoenix national event.

KPK Motorsports plans to run all remaining races on the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series for 2000. In addition, Koretsky will drive a second car in selected events as his business schedule permits.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Koretsky , Rickie Smith