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05162017 fishertsrWords Phil Hutchison/Photos Ian Tocher

NHRA Southern Nationals Top Dragster champ Joe Fisher was in one enviable position after his win at the NHRA Southern Nationals. Not only was his name on the Wally, his company was on the trophy as well.

“Pretty cool,” Fisher said. “At the end of the day I was looking at my Wally and my company’s name is on it. How cool is that? How many people in history have their own company name on their Wally?”

When asked about how his company, got involved with the NHRA Fisher said, “The first year of Top Dragster racing on the national level, my good friend and transmission guy Marco Abruzzi and I discussed the possibility of giving something back to the racers and sponsor Top Dragster and Top Sportsman. I talked it over with NHRA and now the racers in these two classes are treated the same as the other Sportsman classes. They get the year end trophies, jackets and the rings and everything else associated with winning an NHRA World Championship.”

Fisher, who took out some of the best racers in the class, had an interesting first round against Howard Bowman’s dragster. “Bowman had run a best of 8.20 during qualifying and you have to dial of 7.70 so we went into ultra-safe mode by putting a lot of delay in the box and I wanted to be 0.45 or so on the tree. Like each round, there was strategy involved.”  

In his semifinal matchup against multi time champ Steve Furr, Fisher said, “We were both racing Super Gas and we literally kept seeing each other and we both lost in Super Gas minutes before our semifinal round in Top Dragster.  Against me, Steve made a mistake that I have made before as these ProCharger cars carry a lot of momentum and he was up in front of me and he pumped it a few too many times and he lost momentum and I was able to pass him.”

In the finals, Fisher was racing the similar dragster of Kevin Brannon and his competition had troubles from the start. “Brannon has a ProCharger motor like mine built by Scott Duggins and basically they lost their boost,” Fisher said. “There is a line there to give the motor the boost and there was a problem with it and they ended up just running on the motor.”

Fisher ran a 6.391 in the finals on a 6.35 dial as Brannon ran a slowing 7.729 on his 6.09 dial.

The winning dragster is an American Race Car built chassis was customized by Chrome-Worx. The motor is a 540-cubic inch Chevy built by PAR Racing and Scott Duggins, using the ProCharger for motivation.

Fisher added, “I have been racing my whole life and we just started racing NHRA a few years ago mostly part time but it’s been great being there and support the racers and actually have inventory at the races that they can purchase. I have been wanting to win one of these Wallys since I was a ten-year old kid. I didn’t want girls or money; I wanted to win like the guys I was reading about in National Dragster.”

“My wife Patty is my right hand and fittingly I won on the 22nd anniversary of our first date so it was cool to win on that special day.” Fisher said. “I also have to thank my dad Tom who built half of our motors and gave me guidance throughout my racing career. Also, Keith and Tonia Lynch who are our travelling guys and help on the race car and also my sons Zack and Ethan who are getting into racing too.”

Fisher would also like to thank PAR Racing, Abruzzi Transmission, Jim Boitnott at Boitnotts Custom Paint along with John Parkes from Chrome-Worx, along with sponsors Mickey Thompson Tires and Moser Axles.

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