KYLE KORETSKY READY TO ROLL IN PRO STOCK IN 2021
After a solid first season in NHRA’s Pro Stock class in 2020, Kyle Koretsky will be back for more in 2021.
“As of right now, we are good to go and committed to a full season as long as NHRA is racing,” Koretsky said. “We will be with KB Racing again and we will be backed by Nitro Fish and KPK Development and a few sponsors we are working on.”
KPK Development Corporation and recycling company based out Fairless Hills, Pa., is run by run by Kenny Koretsky Sr., Kenny Jr., and Kyle.
“Kenny Jr., my brother, is my biggest supporter,” Kyle said. “He does a lot with the whole company and I’m pretty much his right-hand man.”
Kenny Koretsky Sr., Kyle’s father, was a longtime Pro Stock racer.
In 2021, Kyle will be driving a 2019 Chevy Camaro, the one Jason Line drove last year. Line retired from driving following the 2020 season.
“I sat in that car once at the last race of the year in Las Vegas,” Kyle said. “It fits me a lot better. I’m more comfortable in it than the car I drove last year. It is a lot more comfortable which I think is going to help me a little bit. I feel confident. We’re ready to go. Hopefully, we can go testing here at the end of the month.”
Kyle, in his first year in Pro Stock, competed in all eight of the NHRA national events last season in a season abbreviated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He posted a 7-8 elimination round record and made it to the finals at the season-ending event in Las Vegas, losing to 2020 world champion Erica Enders on a red light. The race before Vegas – Houston – Koretsky advanced to the semifinals before falling to Aaron Stanfield. Koretsky finished 11th in the points standings.
“The experience I got last year was huge,” Koretsky said. “This was my dream, and it came true last year. Even with the pandemic going on and it was a crazy short season, I felt like every race I drove at I got better. The team got more confident in me and got more comfortable. We all worked better as a team toward the end of the year because everybody got acquainted with each other. It all started to come together toward the end of the year, and I think that will really give us a good start for this season.
“The hardest part for me (last year) was trying to make consistent runs and really hitting that shift point within the window they want to hit it at every run. Everything just comes with time. Every time I got in the car and made a lap, I got more comfortable.”
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“Between Greg (Anderson), Jason (Line), Bo Butner, and of course my dad, I had some amazing teachers,” Kyle said. “I was very fortunate to jump into a great group of guys who have turned into good friends. I feel like I have a big advantage over a lot of people because of the experience that was behind me to push me and tell me to do this now instead of learning bad habits.”
Kyle has high expectations for his team in the upcoming season.
“I one hundred percent believe we can make a run at a championship,” he said. “I’m not that cocky guy, but I believe if the stars align, I think we have just as good a shot as anybody. It is so competitive, and everything just has to fall into place with a little bit of luck and a little bit of skill and performance anyone can win. But I feel deep down inside that I’m confident in myself going into the year and I think if everything aligns, we will have a good shot.”
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