Nine times out of ten, life happens while we're busy making other plans. Case in point, Kathy Fisher, the K&N sponsored drag racer from Lima, Ohio. Kathy's team runs two cars, her Super Comp and her husband Kevin's Top Dragster. The typical plan is to attend events where they both can compete, but this particular event at Bristol Dragway didn't offer a Top Dragster class.
Fisher says her experience on the special episode of Inside Drag Racing was priceless.
K&N's second generation Carbon Fiber Dragster Scoop not only looks awesome, they produced over two more mph in Fisher's very first event.
"One of the reasons we wanted to go was just to see the track," said Fisher. "Bristol has always been on our list of places we must race and we were not disappointed in the least with the breathtaking views and the outstanding facility. It didn't take much convincing to get Kevin to go and just take my car either." Bristol Dragway is nestled between two bucolic mountains adjacent to Bristol Motor Speedway.
When Ted Jones, of Bristol, Tennessee based Masters Entertainment became aware of Fisher's trip to the NHRA National event, he asked her to be a part of a special sportsman episode of "Inside Drag Racing" which airs nationally on Fox Sports.
The car ran a little better than was planned for, and Fisher took a little too much stripe, running an 8.88 on the 8.90 index.
"I was just floored," commented Fisher. "Being included as a racer in a show the caliber of Inside Drag Racing is huge! An absolutely phenomenal opportunity and truly it was a whole lot of fun too."
And by fun Fisher takes into account the steamy, hot sauna, kind of amusement as well. "It was very hot, track temperatures were almost 140 degrees during some of my passes. We haven't run in conditions quite that extreme yet this year, so we were very pleased to get lots of good hot weather and track information. We pay for our education one pass at a time, not only for tuning purposes but also as a driver."
With the team looking at qualifying, or time trial runs, Fisher's car was right there. They made a very good pass in the final session on Friday and they felt strong going into the first round Saturday morning. Saturday morning though the track temperature was down and the air wasn't as thick as in the final pass the day before.
"The car ran a little better than was planned for, and I just took a little too much stripe and broke out, running an 8.88 on the 8.90 index. That was even after knocking off well over two-hundredths of a second. I should have made it a little tighter at the stripe," reflected Fisher.
Fisher says the concept of indexing could truly be a whole book in itself. But in the most basic terms, cars can all run ET's much quicker than their class index, therefore they all use various forms of throttle stops. Most are programmed based on weather and track conditions well before cars are staged, and many times right down to the thousandth of a second. The idea is to get to the finish line first and not go quicker than your class's index. In Fisher's case it was 8.90 in a quarter mile.
Regarding the overall experience Fisher remarked, "We know that having the opportunity to participate in an entire episode of Inside Drag Racing is a nice shot in the arm for all the folks who work with our team and help us get to each event. We know our time on the track is just a small drop in the bucket, and we work diligently for all our sponsors where it counts the most, and that's in our ‘off-track' marketing. The Inside Drag Racing show is part of what we hope will show our current partners and future ones, how serious we are, even as a sportsman team."
"I am really looking forward to seeing all the different camera angles. There were two cameras in, or on my car, plus two camera guys filming each pass. I would have to say I'm most looking forward to seeing what the in-car camera picked up, could be interesting to study," chuckled Fisher.
Fisher and her two team cars have an intense race schedule over the next several weeks. They are in the middle of a seven week swing, with a total of eight races, from NHRA National events to the IHRA Double Divisional.
"We are excited to be competing with both team cars this weekend, my Super Comp and Kevin's Top Dragster, for the very first time together at a NHRA National event, the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Next week it's off to an IHRA Double Divisional three event in Clay City, Kentucky, and on from there."
The Fisher's have utilized K&N oil filters and high-flow race specific air filters for years. This season they have been very pleased with their newest addition to both cars, K&N's second generation Carbon Fiber Dragster Scoops.
"In my very first event of the season, I picked up over two mph in my Super Comp Dragster. It was that easy. And not only do they look awesome, but they are so much lighter than our old scoops and trays," says Fisher.
The special episode of Inside Drag Racing, filmed with Fisher and her Dragon Racing Fuels/K&N/Ohio Crankshaft/Amalie Oil Super Comp Dragster at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, will air on Fox Sports Sunday July 11th and repeat Monday July 12th.
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