This weekend was the 3rd stop for the Pro Mods on the NHRA schedule. It was the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. For Kevin Fiscus, it was the most amazing weekend in his NHRA Pro Mod career though.
Kevin, who is now in his third season with the NHRA in his beautiful Jim Geese built Pro Mod Mustang. The car is normally powered by his Pro Line Racing 481x with a pair or Precision Turbochargers bolted up to it. What you may not know is that this weekend Kevin was actually using a fellow racers engine.
Last weekend Kevin was in Texas racing at the American Outlaws Live event, where he won the race in on Friday. After falling short on Saturday in the big show, they headed back to Florida from Texas to get ready for the Southern Nationals. As we previously talked about, Kevin and his teammate Josh share a 481x engine between the Pro Mod and their NMCA Radial Wars Car. Well as fate would have it, there was an NMCA race this weekend in Bowling Green, KY that Josh was entered in. So once the rig rolled into Florida, Johnny Drama started getting everything swapped out of the Pro Mod and into the Radial Car.
That got all completed so that Josh could roll out to Bowling Green, and then Kevin's car headed to Pro Line in Ball Ground, GA. To everyone's surprise that reason to head to Pro Line was so that Drama could go ahead and install a borrowed engine into the Pro Mod. That's right, the engine is actually one of the 481x engines owned by radial car owner Willard Kinzer from Kentucky.
When we caught up with Johnny Drama at Pro Line racing on Wednesday night he let us know that everything was ready to go and that he would be heading the rig over to Commerce and put the finishing touches on the car before Kevin was able to come up from Florida on Thursday night.
Things were not looking great for Kevin this weekend though. He ran a 6.318, 5.995, & a 6.025 in the three qualifying rounds. Luckily though the 5.995 was good enough to get him into the show at number 15. While he did get in the show, he was going to have to face off against Troy Coughlin in the first rd of eliminations. Lights came down and Troy had the jump on Kevin but then something happen to Troy and he had to peddle it. Kevin was able to catch up and drive around Troy before the 1/8th mile and take the win.
In rd 2 Kevin was going to have to face off against Kenny Lang who took out Von Smith in the first round. Kevin had a slight advantage off the line and then both Kenny and Kevin went into tire shake. Both peddled it and Kevin was the one to get the car to come back. He was able to drive off and take out Kenny who never got the car to fully recover.
In the Semi Finals Kevin was going to line up against the former NHRA Pro Mod World Champion Khalid AlBalooshi. Kevin got loose and so did Khalid, but Kevin caught Khalid sleeping on the tree and was able to take the holeshot win. Kevin's .059 light to Khalid's .427 light was enough for Kevin's 6.206 to take out Khalid's 5.880.
In Kevin's first even NHRA Pro Mod Finals he was going to be taking on the IDG sponsored, Musi Powered, Nitrous Equipped Camaro of "Trickie" Rickie Smith. For Rickie, this was his 3rd final in 3 races. Kevin had Rickie on the tree but just didn't have enough to pull around him when Rickie cracked off a 5.873 to Kevin's 6.072 giving Rickie his second win of the season.
We would like to congratulate Rickie on another win this season and extending his points lead. A huge congrats to Kevin for making his first ever final in the NHRA and doing so in a way that proves enough hard work and the help of some great friends can get you where you need to be.