FISCUS/KLUGGER RACING (FKR) driver Josh Klugger continued his domination of the radial tire racing world when he scored his second Pro 275 win in a row while racing at the Donald “Duck” Long’s “Lights Out 9” event at South Georgia Motorsports Park over the weekend of February 16-18, 2018.
Klugger, the 2017 NMCA Radial Wars champion, switched from his usual Mickey Thompson 315 drag radial tires to a set of smaller 275 ones, then won the Pro 275 category at the “No Mercy 8” race at SGMP in October of 2017. In early 2018 in Orlando, Florida, he also made history as the first man to break into the 3-second zone in Pro 275 trim when he ran a 3.975 at 198.85 mph eighth-mile elapsed time.
Never one to shy from a challenge, Klugger stepped up for the LO9 event to defend his title with his entry once again in Pro 275. Racing his Racecraft-built, twin Garrett turbocharged FKR ’93 Ford Mustang featuring Pro Line Racing 481X power, Klugger was a favorite to win. Joined by his usual team of tuner Jamie Miller to handle the FuelTech FT500 system and crew men Kevin Fiscus and Steve Cooks, Klugger qualified number one with his 3.983 at 197.71 mph run which set the top speed for the group and also marked him as the only driver in the 3s.
Round one of eliminations saw Klugger power straight down Broadway to the tune of a winning 4.160 at 192.14 mph pass. A bye in round two ensured he would move on once again, but the guys opted to get some data on the launch and to the 60-foot before cruising the rest of the way to the 660-foot mark. For round three, Klugger showed why his Mustang wears the #1 on its side – his 4.146 at 183.99 mph hit dispatched J.R. Lazic’s 4.299 at 173.87 mph effort. The semi-finals started off with Chris Patrick double-bulbing Klugger at the tree, but karma kicked in and Patrick’s car quickly shut down. Ever the sportsman, Klugger waited patiently for him to restart, and when the green lit, Klugger took the win with a 4.197 at 185.54 mph hit while Patrick struggled at the line.
Greg Powrie appeared next to Klugger for the finals, and when the start was signaled, Powrie struck the tires while Klugger continued with a 4.212 at 184.04 mph trip. As he crossed the finish, Klugger made the big win official with back-to-back victories at two of the largest, most prestigious radial tire races on the planet.
With an awesome new state-of-the-art car in the works for Klugger’s 2018 season, his championship-winning and record-setting blue Fox body is currently listed for sale. In the meantime, though, Klugger will continue to campaign the Racecraft car at the NMCA season opener and the $101,000-to-Win “Sweet 16” race in March.
Fiscus/Klugger Racing is known for being among the best in both radial tire and Pro Mod racing. Marketing partnerships and sponsorship opportunities are available with this record-setting team for 2018 and beyond.