By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Kyle Koretsky is the co-owner of Maple Grove Raceway. And he went to the final round at his home track.
However, his day to hold the Wally at the facility will have to wait. Total Seal Pro Stock driver Matt Hartford defeated Koretsky in the final round at the 38th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at the track in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
The Arizona native went 6.532 at 208.91 mph to get the win. Koretsky, who resides in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, and purchased the track with his family in 2022, went 7.133 at 208.26 mph in the losing effort.
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“The last week and a half has not been fun until today,” Hartford said. “Our team had to work harder this weekend than they have in years and they really pulled together. Things went our way and we had a really good day today. We’ve got a good car and a car that can run well in all conditions.
“It was a grueling weekend for everybody and the emotions were high. Our team never gave up and now there’s 20 win lights left in the year. If I just keep doing my job and keep my head on straight, I think we walk out of here with a white (world championship) hat after five more races.”
This weekend was brutal for Hartford. He had problems with his car — and even had to use Rob’s Automotive & Collision Center (from Bristol, Pa.) to tow his car to an off site parking lot.
The team worked on his car to eventually get it right for Sunday. Hartford even gave Rob his Wally after the win.
This was the second time that these two drivers have faced each other in a final round. Hartford won the previous meeting in St. Louis in 2020.
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Koretsky had a better reaction time. However, he had severe tire shake and then pedaled it the rest of the way.
Hartford claimed the lead by the time the two teams went by the Christmas tree. He then never trailed again.
This is Hartford’s third win of the season. He now has eight Pro Stock wins.
Hartford claimed his first win at Reading.
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