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Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
Indianapolis, Ind.
(August 27-September 1)

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Richie Stevens
Nitro Fish Pontiac GXP

Koretsky will be watching instead of competing

Indianapolis, pre-race: It has been four years since Kenny Koretsky made his first NHRA Pro Stock final-round appearance at the 50th U.S. Nationals and finished a close second to Greg Anderson.

“I was probably the happiest loser that day just because my first final came in NHRA’s premier event,” Koretsky said at the time.  He kept trying for that first victory and now it’s certain he won’t be in contention for this weekend’s 54th Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Motorsports Park because he will be watching his cars run.

Richie Stevens, who turned in an excellent performance at the most-recent race in Reading, Pa., will be at the controls of Koretsky’s Nitro Fish/Indicom Electric Pontiac GXP when qualifying gets underway Friday night.

Crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia and Stevens spent two days testing at St. Louis to get the car dialed in for the five qualifying runs at ORP. A hot track Tuesday and a large turn out of Pro Stock cars in testing mode limited Stevens to two runs.  But he was able to come back Wednesday and make a few more laps.

“It’s good to test because I’m able to get more seat time,” said the New Orleans-based driver who was sidelined most of the season.  “Indy is a big race for us and Eddie wanted to make sure he has the car running as good as possible. 

“I hope we get everything together.  I’m excited.”

Koretsky also will be cheering for Clay Millican, driver of the Hope4Sudan/Lend America/Nitro Fish Top Fuel dragster, and Matt Smith, rider of the Nitro Fish Wear Buell.  Smith is the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion and current POWERade Series leader.

“I’m excited to be going to the U.S. Nationals and watching our Nitro Fish drivers,” Koretsky said.

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