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Fiscus Qualifies #2 and Takes Points Lead

2015 07 21 Fiscus MDIR
BELL / FISCUS RACING (BFR) qualified at the top of the pack in the Pro Boost class at the PDRA North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Maryland on July 16-18, 2015 and Kevin Fiscus retained his lead in championship points.

Pro Boost qualifying began on Friday afternoon, and Kevin Fiscus’ first hit with his twin turbo, PLR-powered 2012 Ford Mustang resulted in some tire shake early on in the run. Fiscus pedaled briefly, and was able to drive through the shake to pilot the Mustang to a 3.926 at 203.09 mph pass in the heat of the day to end up second after Q1. He slipped into fourth after Q2, despite a slight improvement with a 3.925 at 203.58 mph run. Fiscus improved again in Q3, and his 3.864 at 204.79 mph pass put him back in second. For the fourth and final round, Fiscus went 3.949-seconds at 202.18 mph and was still number two in a highly competitive field of thirty cars.

The first Pro Boost qualifying pass for team owner Jim Bell and his twin turbocharged, Pro Line Racing 481X-powered 1969 Chevrolet Camaro went fairly well. His car moved around about 400 feet out, so Bell lifted and went 4.034 at 182.13 mph which initially ranked him twelfth. In Q2, another wiggle had Bell’s Camaro loose mid-track. The seasoned driver steadied the car and clocked a time of 3.934 at 200.95 mph which moved him up to eighth. For Q3, Bell had his best qualifying pass of the weekend. His 3.883 at 202.64 mph run bumped him into the number five spot. Bell went 3.921 at 201.19 mph in Q4, but his ET from Q3 ensured he was still number five.

Saturday evening marked the start of eliminations. Fiscus was paired against David Monday, the #15 qualified driver, in the first round. Fiscus’s Mustang struggled to come up on boost so he left the line down on power, and then ran into tire shake which cost him the win. Bell was up against Kevin Rivenbark who had qualified #12. As soon as Bell staged, Rivenbark left the line and went red which gave the win to Bell. Bell got on it hard at the launch and was on his way to another strong pass, but the top off his intake manifold blew off just past the 330-foot mark and he aborted the run. Back in the pits, the team thrashed on the Camaro; they swapped intakes off Bell’s spare bullet and repaired the car’s damaged front end. They fired up the car twice to confirm everything was working properly, and brought to the car to the staging lanes for E2 to face Tommy Grey’s blown Corvette.

“Unfortunately, my car wouldn’t start for the second round and we lost,” said a disappointed Bell. “When we got back to the pits, we discovered the problem was that the mag wire connector had disconnected. Most likely the connector was loose already, and the intermittent spark is what blew off the top of the intake during E1 but we missed seeing this in the pits during the intake swap. Since the car fired right up after we replaced the intake, we weren’t looking for bad connectors.” Bell’s confident that he and the team will get them next time out.

Fiscus lead the Pro Boost class championship points going into this event stayed at the top, while Bell moved into fourth overall. Both Bell and Fiscus will be competing in the Pro Boost class at the PDRA Memphis Drags at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tennessee on August 20-22, 2015 as the Bell/Fiscus Racing team continues their 23-race commitment for the 2015 season.
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Sidnei Frigo's C7 Pro Mod

2015 07 08 Artivinco C7
Feast your eyes on this brand new C7 Corvette Pro Mod built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars! The owner and driver, Sidnei Frigo, is making his Pro Mod debut at the PDRA North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway! Many racing fans may recognize Frigo and his Artivinco Racing team from the NHRA Top Fuel and Top Alcohol Dragster ranks. His sights have now been set on the Pro Mod world, specifically the PDRA's Pro Boost class, where the Brazilian native will face some of the biggest names in Pro Modified drag racing. 

The Artivinco Racing C7 is powered by the new PLR Hemi Pro Mod combination, featuring our 520ci Hemi,  a FuelTech FT500 EFI system, and twin Precision Turbochargers.  With the 2nd half of the racing season remaining in 2015, we can't wait to see what Artivinco Racing is capable of!

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Troy and TJ Coughlin at NHRA Norwalk 2015

NHRA Norwalk 2015
NORWALK, Ohio (July 5) – Troy Coughlin Sr. and Troy Coughlin Jr. had a successful day in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event presented by the Real Pro Mod Association on Sunday, putting Troy Sr.'s car in the final round and Troy Jr.'s in the semifinal.

Plus, Troy Sr. moved into second place in the Pro Mod points standings, only five out of the lead.

Father and son faced each other in the semis, with Troy Jr. getting the jump on dad at the start, but Troy Sr. powered through to the victory.

In the final, Troy Sr. had problems and had to lift early, handing the win to Mike Janis.

Still, after qualifying No. 16, Troy Sr. had a strong rebound during eliminations.

"We knew once we got the gremlins fixed, we've have a good, fast racecar," Troy Sr. said. "When it ran good in the first round against Rickie (Smith) and came back and repeated in the second round, we were like, 'All right, cool.'"

But in the semifinal against Troy Jr., Troy Sr. had engine problems at the finish line. The Corvette slid in its own oil in the shutdown area as Troy Sr. fought to slow it down. He was able to get it stopped, but the team had a big task to change engines for the final.

"In the semis, we had a snafu and hurt some parts and pieces, but that's all part of racing," Troy Sr. said. "The guys came back - Kyle Pettus, Mike Rees, Justin Beaver, Brandon Stroud – and did a nice job. They got this thing all back together.

"We're not sure what happened in the final, but runner-up's not bad. There's only one other guy who wouldn't want our spot, so we'll take it."

Troy Sr. slowed to a pass of 7.120 at 137.43 mph as Janis went down the track with a 5.902-second run at 247.34 mph for the victory.

Troy Jr. is sixth in points in what has been a solid rookie season. But Troy Jr. is a racer and isn't satisfied with semifinal finishes.

"It looks good on paper, but not in my heart," Troy Jr. said. "Our potential was a lot higher than our results, but at least we got Pops in the final."

Troy Jr. qualified No. 12 and beat No. 5 qualifier Jim Whiteley in the first round Saturday. Sunday, he knocked out No. 4 qualifier Bob Rahaim in the second round, cutting a .044-second reaction time before having to pedal his car as Rahaim sped ahead.

But Rahaim had trouble down the track, and Troy Jr. caught him with a pass of 6.061 seconds at 249.39 mph.

Against dad, Troy Jr. had a .036 light to his dad's .049, but he had trouble almost immediately and slowed to a pass of 10.875 seconds at 78.03 mph. Troy Sr. sped to the win with a 5.948-second run at 247.66 mph.

Still, it was a treat to race his father.

"Wish we would've had something for him," Troy Jr. said. "It's pretty neat, it's majestic. I grew up watching him by the fence, so it's pretty cool. I cheer for him, and he roots for me, but deep down, if you ask us when we're about to stage, it's a little different."

Troy Sr., too, treasures being able to race his son.

"It was pretty cool," Troy Sr. said. "It was cool to race T.J. We just need to get his car picked up a little bit."

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Bell in the Finals at PDRA Martin

2015 07 06 PDRA Martin Bell
BELL / FISCUS RACING (BFR) had an awesome weekend at the PDRA Summer Drags at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan on June 26-27, 2015 as Jim Bell scored a runner up finish in the Pro Boost class and Kevin Fiscus took the lead in points.

Jim Bell, team owner, made his first qualifying pass in Pro Boost with his twin turbocharged, Pro Line Racing 481X-powered 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and clocked a 3.862 ET at 201.97 mph. He was ranked first overall, then slipped slightly down into third after running an almost identical time of 3.865 at 202.70 mph in the second round of qualifying. Bell then went 3.842 at 203.53 mph in the third and final qualifying round, and retained his position in the number three spot. Teammate Kevin Fiscus mimicked Bell’s performance very closely with his twin turbo, PLR-powered 2012 Ford Mustang. Fiscus was the number two qualified driver after round one of Pro Boost with a 3.870 at 204.92 mph pass, but moved into the lead at the end of the second round of qualifying when he went 3.840 at 205.39 mph. After the conclusion of the final round, Fiscus’ name was posted in the number two slot.

In the first round of eliminations, Bell was able to drive around Tylor Miller to take the win with a 3.865 at 202.70 mph run. Fiscus was also victorious, as he got the hole shot advantage over Tony Williams. Round two brought yet another win for Bell with a 3.892 at 203.34 mph run and a killer 0.012-second reaction time against Brian Hicks, who red lit. Fiscus, too, was successful and took out Andy Jensen, with a 3.836 at 205.29 mph hit. In the semi-finals, the ladder resulted in the two Bell/Fiscus Racing drivers being paired against one another. Bell had a great launch off the line and cut a 0.013-second light which gave him a big advantage over Fiscus. Bell held the lead all the way to the stripe and triggered the win lights in his lane. The race couldn’t have been any closer, as Bell crossed the finish line just four inches ahead of Fiscus with a 0.001-second margin of victory! Bell was confident that he was going to be the Pro Boost winner with his solid performances and great lights in his march to the finals but, unfortunately, it was not meant to be. In the finals, both Bell and Alan Pittman pre-staged, and then Pittman moved in quickly and lit the stage bulb. Bell flickered the stage bulb but waited just a touch too long to bump in again and got timed out which resulted in a red light and automatic win for Pitman.

“I couldn’t be happier with how this weekend turned out,” said Bell. “Yeah, it’s a bummer that I timed out in the finals, but for both Kevin and me to have qualified so well and to have made it so far in eliminations – especially with Kevin having the quickest and fastest run of the weekend – is really rewarding.” In addition to Bell’s runner up finish in Pro Boost, Fiscus also set the low ET and Top Speed of the weekend for the class with his 3.836 at 205.39 mph run in two of eliminations. Fiscus is also the new Pro Boost series championship points leader with five of ten races now completed, while Bell is ranked third in the series.

Both Bell and Fiscus will be competing in the Pro Mod class at the 9th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio on July 2-5, 2015 as the Bell/Fiscus Racing team continues their 23-race commitment for the 2015 season.
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Mills Wins RTRA Radial Rebellion

2015 06 16 mills rtra
DeWayne Mills and the Mills Racing Team had a career best showing in one of the fastest radial classes we've ever seen at the RTRA Radial Rebellion at Northstar Dragway in Denton, Texas! He faced a tough radial field where 4 of the 7 entries were running 4.0X's! 

 Round1/8 Mile ET @ MPH
Q1 4.11@196mph
Q2 4.08@196mph
Q3 Aborted
Q4 4.07@197mph
E1 4.04@197mph
E2 4.03@199mph
E3 4.02@199mph

Mills and Jamie Miller, his tuner, once again had the car running with super consistency and only one aborted pass in qualifying. Ever since they got the car back together, the Golden Gorilla seems to be working better than ever! It is powered by a PLR 481X engine combined with the FuelTech FT500 EFI System, and ProTorque EV1 torque converter. In addition to a well deserved victory, Mills brought home Low E.T. and High MPH bragging rights with a 4.024@199.65mph in the final round!

Here we go! WIN for the gorilla team! 4.02 @ 199!

Posted by Mills Racing on Sunday, June 14, 2015
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Jeff Doyle's '67 Firebird ProMod


A new PLR 670 will power Jeff Doyle's new 67 Firebird Pro Mod/Top Sportsman car! Definitely loving that grey paint job! Nice job RH Race Cars!

Posted by Pro Line Racing on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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Big Daddy DeWayne Mills is Back!

2015 06 08 mills holly springs
Look who's back! "Big Daddy" DeWayne Mills and the Golden Gorilla made a comeback at the Spring Shootout at Holly Springs Motorsports Park in Mississippi last weekend! Considering the damage taken from his wild ride at Lights Out 6, they were able to get the Camaro back to its original shape very quickly, and the new front end looks perfect!

Mills and crew dished out the low E.T. and MPH of each round of qualifying and eliminations. Check out the table below to see how Mills and crew chief, Jamie Miller had the Golden Gorilla dialed in.

 Round1/8 Mile ET @ MPH
Q1 4.22@194mph
Q2 4.18@194mph
Q3 4.13@197mph
E1 4.12@195mph
E2 4.12@197mph
E3 4.10@198mph

Though he lost on a holeshot in the final round, his dominant performance at Holly Springs proved that Mills Racing is back and you can bet that they will be hard at it this year!


This video is the semis against our friend Frankie the mad man Taylor and Alepha racing!! We are going to the final against Daniel Pharris! Ran a 4.12 first and second round! Finals here we come!!

Posted by Mills Racing on Sunday, June 7, 2015
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Bell/Fiscus In Quickest-Ever Pro Mod Field

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Edmonton, Alberta – June 08, 2015 – BELL / FISCUS RACING (BFR) proved they’ve got what it takes to compete with the top Pro Mod teams as both BFR drivers qualified well in the quickest field in history at the 46th annual Toyota NHRA Summernationals race at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey on June 5-7, 2015.

Jim Bell’s first Pro Mod qualifying run with his twin turbocharged, Pro Line Racing 481X-powered 1969 Chevrolet Camaro was a clean 6.011 at 232.43 mph blast which showed a lot of promise. For round two, Bell launched hard off the line and recorded a 1.002-second 60-foot time. He kept the car hooked up well and continued on to trip the beams in just 5.925 seconds at 236.88 mph, which his best run of the weekend. For his third and final qualifying run, Bell showed a lot of consistency and went 5.941 at 238.22 mph to rank fourteenth overall, just 0.15-seconds off number one qualifier Mike Janis’ 5.775 ET.

Teammate Kevin Fiscus also had some great runs in Pro Mod qualifying with his twin turbo, PLR-powered 2012 Ford Mustang. For his first hit, Fiscus went 5.949 at 248.16 mph. He improved significantly in round two, and the resulting 5.861 at 249.26 mph run also included a fantastic 0.989-secong 60-foot time. Although his 5.873 at 250.32 mph pass in round three didn’t best his earlier numbers, Fiscus went straight down the grove and showed that his car was performing exactly as he wanted it to. As a result, he qualified seventh overall in the extremely competitive field, a mere 0.086-seconds behind the class leader.

In eliminations, Bell faced off against Bob Rahaim in round one. The two drivers cut almost identical lights, and left the line together. Rahaim, the #3 qualifier, held a slight advantage over Bell and continued on to finish in front of the BFR driver by approximately fourteen feet. Fiscus, however, gave spectators an “edge of their seat” performance in the first round. His opponent, Eric Latino, qualified in the #10 position. Latino left the line first and held the lead for most of the run, but Fiscus was able to chase him down at the last second for the win. It was an incredibly close race – Fiscus won by 0.0024 seconds, which equated to approximately ten inches! Unfortunately, Fiscus’ luck wore off in round two when he was paired against a fellow turbocharged driver, Don Walsh Jr., who had qualified #2. Walsh had the starting line advantage, but Fiscus rallied to regain the lead. Walsh was able to make up the difference, though, and passed Fiscus as they neared the stripe.

“It was so exciting to have both of our cars perform so well, and to say that we were a part of the quickest qualifying field in NHRA Pro Modified history,” said Bell. “The numbers the cars ran, and the data we recorded, proves that we are definitely on the right path and all of our hard work is paying off. That’s a great feeling.”

Both Bell and Fiscus will be competing in the Pro Mod class at the 15th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, TN on June 19th-21st, 2015 as the Bell/Fiscus Racing team continues their 23-race commitment for the 2015 season.

Headed into E2 against D. Walsh! NHRA ETOWN Driver Introductions!

Posted by Bell Fiscus Racing on Sunday, June 7, 2015
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Pharris Wins at Spring Shootout 2015

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Daniel Pharris went from well known X275 racer to major Drag Radial player overnight after debuting his new combination and bringing home a win at the postponed Holly Springs Spring Shootout in Mississippi!

Pharris was able to make huge strides, pass after pass with help from his brand new PLR Outlaw Drag Radial turnkey package! Including a PLR 481X assembled by Jeff Burns Racing Engines, FuelTech FT500 EFI system with pre-loaded tune-up managed by Wade Hopkins at Southern Speed Racing, twin Precision 98mm turbochargers, and Pro Torque custom torque converter.

Pharris qualified #2 in the Radial Wars class with a 4.23@185mph! In a 1st round bye he went 4.23@188mph! Round 2 matched Pharris against Enzo Pecchini, his 4.21@189mph pass was enough to send the Pharris Motorsports team to the finals!

In the finals, Pharris would face one of Drag Radial's biggest names, "Big Daddy" DeWayne Mills. Wade Hopkins of Southern Speed Racing turned the power up for this matchup! Pharris went 4.13 to Mills' 4.10, but took the win on a holeshot!

Congrats to the whole Pharris Motorsports team, Daniel, Tyler, Wade Hopkins and Southern Speed Racing, Jeff Burns Racing Engines! They really put on a good show and showed the drag radial world that there is a new powerhouse in town!

Photo thanks to Drag Illustrated

Now this is the way to end the week! Teamwork pays off once again!

Posted by Pharris Motorsports on Sunday, June 7, 2015
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EKanoo Racing RC-F Announced

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Our friends at EKanoo Racing, in Bahrain, have already begun working on their next drag racing creation! The rendering shows their new Lexus RC-F built for Super Street 8. The RC-F will feature the same engine that has powered some of the fastest doorslammers in the world, the PLR 481X!  

The team over at EKanoo Racing is known for creating some of the cleanest, most unique rides in the world. We will share updates on this build as they become available.
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