Kyle Koretsky has yet to compete in his first career NHRA Mello Yello Series national event in the Pro Stock class.
However, the son of longtime Pro Stock driver Kenny Koretsky, already has a strong fan following.
Look no further than the Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association (VRHRA) founded by CompetitionPlus.com.
The VRHRA launched last week on CompetitionPlus.com with an online, fan-vote style competition complete with multiple rounds of qualifying and eliminations.
The VRHRA season opened with round one, round two and round three eliminations March 19-21 at Orange County International Raceway, a well-known facility in the drag racing community until its closure in 1983.
In Pro Stock, Kyle Koretsky lost in the finals to Aaron Stanfield by a narrow margin of 51 percent to 49 percent.
“This is a dream come true on my end,” said Kyle, 30. “My dad has been doing this for a long time and we own Nitro Fish Racing Apparel and a lot of people know that name. I think they are excited to see the younger generation come into the class and I feel we are teamed up with a great group in KB Racing and we are excited. There’s all this crazy stuff going on in the world, but we remain positive. The guys are at the shop making more power and we’re ready.”
Koretsky is running a Chevy Camaro for KB Racing with Nitro Fish as the primary sponsor.
“My dad has known Greg (Anderson) for a long time and Bo Butner (a KB Pro Stock driver) took over Nitro Fish (as sponsor) a couple of years ago so we are always talking to Bo,” Kyle said. “Dave Connolly (a KB crew chief) is a bracket racer who I bracket race with once in a while and we bought our first car from Dave. We just thought it was a good fit (with KB Racing). They have a good group of guys.”
Kyle is a 15-year veteran bracket racer, who competes in Super Pro and foot brake with dragsters and door cars.
Race two of the VRHRA begins March 27 at the first-ever indoor drag strip at the fictional CompetitionPlus.com Thunderdome in Spartanburg, South Carolina – home to Competition Plus.
“I think we have a great fan following, believe it or not, not ever being at a national event, but just as a bracket racer,” Kyle said. “A lot of guys don’t really pay attention to the NHRA stuff anymore and I’ve had hundreds of phone calls from people saying they are going to watch NHRA again now that I’m racing. That’s super cool to have people rooting for me. No matter how we do, I’m doing what I dreamed about doing. This is a blessing no matter how you look at it. It would be awesome if we could win (at the Thunderdome).”
Kyle has only competed in one Pro Stock race, that being at the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals presented by Elite Motorsports, March 6-8 at Orlando (Fla.) Speed World Dragway.
He qualified No. 7 with a 6.480 elapsed time at 212.29 mph. He lost in the first round to his Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson.
“I got into the 40s, which was cool in the EFI era,” Kyle said. “I got a holeshot (on Anderson), but we missed the set-up a little bit. In Pro Stock everything has to fall into place. You have to make that perfect run every run. I feel good in the car and every run I feel better. I’m real confident. I think we are going to have a good year.”
Kyle said he was scheduled to compete in 10 NHRA Pro Stock races this season. But that changed with the revised NHRA 2020 season schedule because of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
The series is tentatively planned to resume June 5-7 with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The season will conclude with the crowning of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions Nov. 13-15 at the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.
The revised schedule will consist of 19 total events, with 17 of those being contested when the series resumes in June. Of the 19 total events, Pro Stock drivers will compete at 14 of them.
“Gainesville was going to be our first race,” Kyle said. “As of right now, with all the schedule changes, we are looking to run the rest of the season. KB is excited and they are confident they have the power and we are going to go for it. This is amazing. We try and bracket race as much as we can, but we own our own construction company as well and that’s our main focus and the hardest thing for us. My brother (Kenny Jr., 33) and I run the company, so it is hard for me to leave for long periods of time. I have to juggle my schedule and sometimes I don’t fly into the races until Friday morning just so we can work all day Thursday.”
Kenny Jr. and Kyle run the KPK Development Corporation construction and recycling company based in Fairless Hills, Pa.
“My dad is really big on hard work, and in his eyes I didn’t earn it yet (the right to compete in Pro Stock),” Kyle said. “I had to keep working and build a company and we built a company and built a good business. We have great employees and my brother is the main asset to the company. He has taken the company to a whole new level the last five years. This year, 2020, we thought was the best year to do it (race Pro Stock) and we are all in.”