The formidable Can-Am BFR Pro Modified team emerged victorious during last night’s conclusion to the PSCA event at St. Louis…..
The racing duo of Kevin Fiscus (Jacksonville FL) and Jim Bell (Edmonton AB) tuned up rather nicely for next weekend’s marquee season stop NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis when that 2-car team placed a 1-2 finish at the independent 2nd annual PSCA “Anarchy at the Arch” event.
Driving the “BFR” turbocharged Mustang, Fiscus scored in the event’s Pro Boost category when he ran a final round 5.945 secs at 232.75 mph to hold back Bell’s “BFR” turbo Camaro, which ran at 5.996 secs at 233.08 mph.
That match in fact paired off the #1 and #2 qualifiers – with Fiscus’s 5.881 secs during time trials earning the pole and setting low ET of the event.
Runner-up Jim Bell, was the defending event Champion, having earned a win at the Inaugural “Arch” event held at Gateway Motorsports Park last year.
Regrettably, as was the situation in 2014, the field of Pro Boost cars entered at St. Louis was once again a light affair with only 5 machines making qualifying runs.
Wins in other categories contested went to Frankie Taylor (Outlaw Pro Mod), Mark Lutton (Outlaw 10.5), Jason Collins (Outlaw 8.5) and Lamar Swindol (M/T 275).
BELL / FISCUS RACING (BFR) – POST RACE REPORT
BFRdominated the Precision Turbo Pro Mod class with both a win and runner up finish at the Pacific Street Car Association (PSCA) Street Car Super Nationals “Anarchy at the Arch” race at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Missouri on August 27-29, 2015.
During pre-race testing, Jim Bell put down a monumental run. He went 5.88 at 238 mph in the quarter mile and established a new personal best elapsed time, despite having lifted at the 5.6-second mark as the car was moving around a bit. Based on the data, and a 1.93-back half split, Bell expects the car could have run 5.83 had he not had to lift.
In the first round of Pro Mod qualifying, Kevin Fiscus immediately set the standard with a 5.931 at 245.40 mph pass and claimed the top spot with his twin turbo, PLR-powered 2012 Ford Mustang. Meanwhile, teammate and 2014 event winner Bell went 6.224 at 222.55 mph in his twin turbocharged, Pro Line Racing 481X-powered 1969 Chevrolet Camaro to land in fifth. Fiscus improved upon his performance in round two, and his 5.916 at 247.16 mph run ensured he stayed in the number one position. Bell improved significantly as well, and put down a great 5.940 at 233.36 mph run to move into second, merely one-hundredth of a second behind Fiscus. Round three saw an even quicker and faster run for Fiscus who stopped the clocks in 5.881-seconds at 249.12 mph and held strong to his number one ranking. Bell remained in the number two slot, and after the fourth and final qualifying session, the results were made official with Bell/Fiscus Racing taking the top two positions in the field.
Fiscus’ flawless performance in qualifying earned him a bye run in the first round of eliminations. Bell, however, put down a mean 5.974 at 243.33 mph run to defeat the number five qualifier, Jim Whiteley, who had run 6.034 at 240.17 mph. In round two, which also served as the semi-finals, it was Bell’s turn to enjoy a bye. Fiscus defeated Sidnei Frigo, the number four qualifier, going 5.872 at 248.84 mph to Frigo’s 5.943 at 244.92 mph pass.
The Bell/Fiscus Racing teammates were paired in the finals for an all-BFR finale. Both drivers wanted the win and the $7,500 prize, and the battle began at 1:30am. Fiscus had a great 0.025-second light and Bell’s was a decent 0.050. The cars ran side-by-side, and as they approached the stripe, it was hard to tell who was in front. Finally, the scoreboards lit to show Fiscus had won with a 5.945 at 232.75 mph pass over Bell’s 5.996 at 233.08 mph.
“I lost in the final round to my team mate, but we couldn’t have asked for a more picture-perfect weekend with Bell/Fiscus Racing getting both the win and the runner up finish, the top two qualifier spots, and me running a new personal best ET during testing,” said an elated and proud Bell.
Both Bell and Fiscus will be competing in the Pro Mod class at the NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 4-7, 2015 as the Bell/Fiscus Racing team continues their 23-race commitment for the 2015 season.
Posted with files from Bruce Biegler & Ainsley Jacobs
Photos courtesy of Chris Simmons