Return to Sea Level Boosts Koretsky's Confidence Going to Seattle Race Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Driver Coming Off Excellent Qualifying Effort KENT, Wash., July 21, 2004 - For the first time in, well, perhaps his entire drag racing career, Ken ...
Return to Sea Level Boosts Koretsky's Confidence Going to Seattle Race
Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Driver Coming Off Excellent Qualifying Effort
KENT, Wash., July 21, 2004 - For the first time in, well, perhaps his entire drag racing career, Ken Koretsky knows how it feels to drive a competitive Pro Stock car.
And, to be perfectly honest, he's loving it.
Primarily a part-time driver due to business commitments, Koretsky will get more seat time in his Nitro Fish Wear Dodge Stratus this year than in any other. He's already attended all 13 previous NHRA POWERade Series races and plans to be at the remaining 10, starting with the CarQuest Nationals, Friday through Sunday, at Pacific Raceways.
How different is that?
Well, the Richboro, Pa., driver has never hammered the throttle at the Kent track in the 16 previous national events there. "I've been to the track, a long time ago, but I was a car owner and not racing," Koretsky recalled.
Last week, for the first time since 1989, Koretsky competed in the Mile-High Nationals in Denver.
"I'm excited with the way things are going," he said. "We are coming off a great qualifying effort at Denver and we are looking forward to racing again at sea level. We qualified third at Denver in that high altitude and we expect to be fast this weekend."
The lack of oxygen in the air last week slowed the cars. This weekend Koretsky and crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia expect to be running much quicker.
"We have good horsepower and I think we'll see the big numbers come up again in Seattle," Guarnaccia said.
An example of the differences: Koretsky ran 7.179 seconds en route to his No. 3 position at Denver. Beginning with qualifying Friday, they are likely to drop into the 6.70s
"Qualifying as well as we did last week was a confidence booster," Guarnaccia continued. "We have good horsepower, thanks to (engine builders) Larry Morgan and Bob Glidden. The car has been doing what it was supposed to do and it is reacting to the changes we've been making. We had the quickest 60-foot time and the best time in the right lane in Saturday's last qualifying run.
"When you have horsepower, you can do your job. The crew is working hard and we're making hard work pay off."
Although Koretsky was upset in the first round, he was nonetheless happy with the improved performances.
"We want to get into to the top 10, and we're getting closer," he said. "Maybe we can make it this week." He's 11th with 442 points, 51 behind Rickie Smith.
This is the second of three consecutive races in the NHRA's Western Swing. The next stop is Sonoma, Calif., July 30-Aug. 1.
Koretsky begins his quest for a place in the top 16 with qualifying Friday at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.