With the 2016 racing season coming to an end, and the 2017 season right around the corner, Cultrera Racing recaps and reflects on another successful season.
After a later than normal start, the team hit the road running with a huge $20,000 win at Atco Dragway in June. Kyle surpassed his 2013 $10,000 Big Money win in stellar fashion with a repeat final round appearance in another $20,000 to win race the following day. More impressively, both final round appearances occurred in different cars as he won with Lauren’s Undercover dragster then runner upped in his own Undercover dragster the next day accumulating a 17 round win streak.
In late August the team took on another challenge getting the opportunity to tune and drive Victor Cagnazzi’s 2015 LSX powered, manually shifted five speed transmission, COPO Camaro. Being a rookie in the stock class didn’t phase Kyle as he achieved a quarter finals finish in his first race at Cecil County Dragway with a .008 total package in his eighth run in the car. The success continued at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in September when Kyle achieved a semi-final appearances in the Stock class with the COPO Camaro and in the Top Dragster class with his dragster.
Personal bests were achieved by both Lauren and Kyle this season in their dragsters. The team dabbled with Nitrous Oxide on their race cars which escorted Lauren to a 7.04 ¼ mile pass at Lebanon Valley Dragway in July at 184 mph. That experience, gained with the power adder, will be put to good use in 2017 as the team plans on breaking into the six second zone. Lauren and Kyle attended just five NHRA Division one events that resulted in a 7th place finish in the division for Kyle and a 15th place finish for Lauren.
Back on the big money bracket race scene in November, the team rolled into SFG promotions 50k/100k/25k to win three day bracket race in Darlington, South Carolina. Long days of racing until 3-4 AM every morning resulted in Kyle achieving his first perfect run in his nine years of racing. He went .000 on the tree and 4.720 on the 4.72 dial on his 1/8th mile pass. This feat earned Kyle free entries into all three weekends of SFG’s big money races next season. Kyle capped off the weekend making it down to five cars in the $25,000 to win race on Sunday night before it was time to call it a season.
The team was blessed with great luck over the season. 2017 looks to be even better as the team plans on attending a full NHRA Division One schedule along with more National events and big money bracket races. With a full season of Top Dragster competition under their belts, Kyle and Lauren feel confident in the progress made and will continue in search of the teams 5th championship.
A 20+ weekend schedule will start in late March in 2017 and will conclude down in Darlington South Carolina in November.