The potent Bell/Fiscus Can-Am Drag Racing team has claimed a prestigious Championship points title for 2015…..
BELL / FISCUS RACING (BFR) driver Kevin Fiscus secured the 2015 PDRA Pro Boost season points championship with his great performance in the Pro Boost class at PDRA Brian Olson Memorial World Finals race on October 22-24, 2015 at Virginia Motorsports Park just outside of Richmond, Virginia.
Kevin Fiscus had a great first round run in qualifying with his JB’s Power Centre sponsored PLR 481X-powered 2012 Ford Mustang, and his 3.889 at 204.66 mph pass put him unofficially in fifth. Fiscus went even quicker and faster on his second qualifying run, and while his 3.871 at 206.29 mph pass was good, the extremely tough class pushed him down into twelfth. Fiscus rallied for his third and final qualifying run, and his 3.845 at 206.48 mph pass allowed him to land in seventh once the qualifying results were finalized.
Teammate and (Edmonton Alberta-based) Bell/Fiscus Racing owner Jim Bell’s Pro Line Racing 481X-powered 1969 Chevrolet Camaro also ran well right off the trailer with a 3.901 at 201.31 mph pass in the first qualifying session. The effort ranked him seventh going into the second session, and Bell improved on his next hit with a 3.863 at 202.73 mph run. He remained in seventh, and continued with his clean and consistent passes during the third round of qualifying. Bell’s 3.873 at 202.45 mph run was good, but it was a hundredth of a second slower than his round two run. The final order revealed Bell had secured a great position in ninth in a highly competitive field of almost thirty cars.
Going into eliminations, Fiscus was just over eighty points (less than one round) behind Kevin Rivenbark for the series championship. Fiscus was acutely aware of this when he lined up face Doug Winters, the number ten qualified driver, in round one. Fiscus cut a great light and got the lead over Winters to take the win with a stellar 3.839 at 207.18 mph pass. Rivenbark red lighted in his first round run, and with that bobble, the championship was guaranteed to go to Fiscus. In his match, Bell got the holeshot advantage over Anthony DiSomma, the number eight qualifier driver, and held the early lead. DiSomma got ahead near the half-track mark, and Bell tried to chase him down, but crossed the finish just four inches behind and lost by an incredible 0.001 seconds.
For round two, Kevin Fiscus went up against a fellow turbocharged driver, Sidnei Frigo who had qualified fifteenth. Frigo got the jump on Fiscus at the start, and the small hole shot advantage allowed Frigo to get in front. Frigo crossed the finish merely sixteen inches ahead of Fiscus and got the win, despite Fiscus running a quicker 3.823 at 207.53 mph pass, his best of the weekend.
“I had wanted to go more rounds in eliminations, but I definitely can’t complain considering I won the championship after I got the win in round one,” said Fiscus, who was thrilled with the outcome of the race. “I’m very proud of my team’s performance all year, and extremely grateful for their help in getting me to this point. I’m so happy to have won the championship and to have been able to do so well for Jim.”
Both Bell and Fiscus will be competing at the 15th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals Pro Mod season finale race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada on October 29-November 1, 2015.
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BFR Joins Forces to Promote Navy Seal Foundation Project Jeep
BELL / FISCUS RACING (BFR) drivers Jim Bell and Kevin Fiscus will be promoting the NSF 1 special project to support the Navy SEAL Foundation at the 15th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals on October 29-November 1, 2015 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada.
While competing at the event, both of the Bell/Fiscus Racing Pro Mod cars will proudly have NSF1 decals on board to support the Navy SEAL Foundation, and Bell and Fiscus will be signing special NSF1 hero cards. Established in 2000 to serve U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) support personnel, and their families, the Navy SEAL Foundation provides a comprehensive set of programs designed to reduce the stressors associated with the tremendous amount of uncertainty and pressure that comes with life in Naval Special Warfare (NSW) by improving health and welfare, building and enhancing resiliency, empowering and educating their families, and providing critical support during times of illness, injury, and loss.
Knowing that SEALs spend up to 270 days away from home each year to execute our nation’s toughest military missions, Bell wanted to find a way to show his support of these special men and women. Bell’s automotive wholesale division of the JB’s Power Centre, Dix Performance North, is one of twenty members of AAM USA, Inc., the largest largest marketing program for retailers in the specialty automotive equipment marketplace. AAM has built a fully customized 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, known as NSF1, which was built to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation, and Bell was very proud to get involved.
AAM partnered with more than two dozen manufacturing partners to purchase the Jeep and outfit it with the latest aftermarket products showcasing the full power of AAM’s Jeep aftermarket lineup. AAM’s Special Markets Manager Greg Griffith oversaw the project’s concept, design and implementation with additional installation help from RPM Offroad (Edelbrock supercharger), Atomic City 4×4 (ring and pinion gears and chromoly axles) and Autopro of Nashville (custom Katzkin leather seat covers and KICKER audio upgrade).
Intended to represent the spirit of the Naval Special Warfare community, the NSF1 Jeep will be on display in the SEMA Show’s Central Hall. The show takes place on November 3-6, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. After completing a national circuit of appearances and Jeep events, including the 2015 SEMA Show, NSF1 will be handed over to the Foundation during a special ceremony at AAM’s 2016 Membership Meeting. The Foundation plans to use the vehicle at its various recruitment drives, publicity events and outreach engagements.
“I’m really proud to be able to support such a great project, such a great cause, and the Navy SEAL Foundation,” said Bell. “The U.S. is like a second home to me since I’m here so often for racing, business, and pleasure, and I’m especially grateful to the brave men and women who protect the country and its people.”
Posted by: Ainsley Jacobs
Photos by: Bruce Biegler