Mohnton, PA –
Competition Eliminator and Super Comp driver Kyle Cultrera, who temporarily resides in North Carolina while he attends UNC Charlotte but considers Eliot, Me., home, will be returning to his Division 1 roots this weekend to race the Professor Dave H/EA entry at the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.
After enjoying some success at the facility earlier this year at the Lucas Oil Series event, the Mechanical Engineering student is more than a little excited to return to the historic facility and see what he can do at the national level.
“I qualified really well in the Comp car at the divisional event in May, and I went to the semis,” said Cultrera. “I beat some really good people, including Frank Aragona Jr., and I lost to a very good racer, Charlie Greco. That was also the last race that I did really well in the Super Comp dragster – I got down to the quarterfinals and lost a good race, but I’m hoping to take what I learned and the success that I had and parlay it into another good race.”
Cultrera is also looking forward to hosting Rick Pollard of Independent Boat Haulers, a long-time backer of his Super Comp program.
“We couldn’t do this without the support of people like Rick Pollard, as well as Arnie Martel, Al Ackerman and Dave Ring,” said Cultrera. “I love it that Rick will be there – the last his Super Comp dragster, the Maple Grove event has been split due to an excess of moisture in the sportsman pit area. Comp will be run during the originally scheduled national event, but Super Comp, along with Super Stock, Stock and Super Gas, will be contested the following week, Oct. 7-8, at Maple Grove Raceway, with time runs on Friday and eliminations on Saturday.
That means that there won’t be much rest for Cultrera in the immediate future as he races for those final points; the weekend directly following the rescheduled Super Comp portion of the race is the divisional event at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, Ga., the Southeast Division’s closer, and Cultrera is planning to attend. Despite the full plate before him, the 21-year-old driver is optimistic.
“I haven’t won a national event in the Comp car yet, but I’ve been driving decent and – giving credit to my dad, who works on it – the car is consistent,” said Cultrera, the Super Comp winner at the Charlotte national event this spring and the Atco Raceway victor in Comp at the divisional event two months ago.
“There is a lot of luck involved in Comp, and so far we have just run into the wrong person when we needed things to go our way. But the fact that Maple Grove is a Division 1 track and I’ve raced on it many times before is in our favor. I’ve had pretty good luck there in the dragster, and we know the Comp car is going to be running good. Hopefully, I can get into the right situations and catch a break when I need to. I’ve been flirting with the top 10 for the last few months, and I’d really like to secure a spot.”
Cultrera thanked all of his supporters, including Carl Robinson at Mickey Thompson, Adam Lambert at Penske, Arnie Martel at Speedco, Aeromotive, K&N Filters, Bruce Deveau of The Racer’s Mind, Abruzzi Racing Transmissions, Rick Pollard, Dave Ring, Al Ackerman, Joe Pando at MSD and Todd Paton at Racepak.