High Hopes Set in for Performance by Fisher Racing

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Lima, OH

*Kathy Fisher, of Lima Ohio, driver of the Boulton 482 c.i. Alcohol Injected Dragster, is a part of drag racing's ever growing female driver population. Her short term goals for 2007 is to acquire that first IHRA Iron Man in Quick Rod, win the 2007 IHRA Division 3 Pro-Am Championship all while finishing in the top 10 IHRA National points.

*Drag Racing is nothing new to Kathy. She has been a part of the drag racing world from a very young age, with her father heavily involved in IHRA class racing in the early 70's, setting numerous IHRA speed & E.T. records, along with winning IHRA National Events. When it was finally her turn to take the wheel in 1986, Kathy began her racing her Dad's 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS. As part of the Hague Racing team, Kathy competed in the Street ET Class at various tracks throughout Indiana & Ohio, earning her first win at the age of 15.

*While building her career in broadcasting, Kathy's pursuit of racing had to take a backseat.

*In 1999, Kathy came out swinging with her 1999 Camaro Z28 and began racing again, and this time there was no taking a break. With countless round wins under her belt in not only Super Sport, but also in Modified No Box Class, she knew she was ready to take the next step.....acquire a Competition License.

*In February 2003, Kathy completed the Super Comp Dragster course at Frank Hawley's NHRA Drag Racing School in Gainesville, Florida. She now joins the ranks of many graduates who have moved on to the professional ranks of NHRA & IHRA.


When not racing in 2008 Kathy can be found in front of the TV camera for various shows such as, Inside Drag Racing, Bidding Wars, World of Trucks, LoCar Car Show Series and many more. She also works for Frank Hawley's NHRA Drag Racing School and handles PR for various IHRA Drag Racing teams. All of this in addition to her duties at Performance by Fisher Inc and Performance by Fisher Racing.

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Kathy's 1998 Boulton Dragster is currently in the process of a total makeover for the 2007 season.


Runner-Up - IHRA Div 3 Quick Rod US 131 Motorports Park - August 12
Best Appearing Car - NHRA Div 3 - Norwalk

Runner-Up - IHRA Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals Quick Rod - Grand Bend Motorplex
WINNER - IHRA Div 3 Quick Rod Pittsburgh Raceway Park - August 6
Runner-Up - IHRA Div 3 Quick Rod Pittsburgh Raceway Park - August 7
#3 Finish IHRA Quick Rod
Division 3 Points
2011 IHRA TOC Quick Rod Qualifier Only Female in Class!

WINNER - IHRA Div 3 Quick Rod Pittsburgh Raceway Park - May 7
Semi-Finals IHRA Div 3 Pro-Am Clay City, KY
Best Appearing Crew - NHRA Div 3 - RT 66
#5 Finish IHRA Quick Rod
Division 3 Points

Runner-Up - IHRA Mopar Canadian Nationals Quick Rod - Grand Bend Motorplex
Semi-Finals IHRA Div 3 Pro-Am Martin, MI
#6 Finish IHRA Quick Rod
Division 3 Points
Featured in book "Drag Racing - The World's Fastest Sport" by Timothy Miller

Licensed NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster @ Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School - Dec 2008
Nominated "2008 IHRA Sportsman of the Year" IHRA's Highest Overall Honor
Runner-Up - IHRA President's Cup Nationals Quick Rod - Maryland Int'l Raceway
Semi-Finalist - IHRA/Summit All-Stars QR Shootout

Winner - IHRA Canadian Nationals - Quick Rod - Toronto Motorsports Park
Runner-Up IHRA Div 3 Quick Rod Kanawha - Motorsports Park Pro-Am
Runner-Up IHRA Div 9 Quick Rod Piedmont - Dragway Pro-Am
#8 Finish IHRA Quick Rod National Points
Top 5 Finish IHRA Quick Rod Division 3 Points
Participated on ESPN2's "King of the Strip"

Runner-Up IHRA Div 3 Quick Rod Quaker City Pro-Am
Top 25 Finish IHRA Quick Rod National Points
Top 5 Finish IHRA Quick Rod Division 3 Points
Best Appearing Crew - IHRA World Finals - Rockingham, NC

First Year IHRA Quick Rod #9 Finish in Division 3


2008 Schedule

April 18 – 20 IHRA National – NitroJam Spring Nationals. Summit All-Star Shootout (Qualified from 2007) Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, NC

May 23 – 25 IHRA National - Suzuki Motor City Nationals, Milan Dragway, Milan, MI

May 30 – June 1 IHRA Div #3 Pro-Am Double Event - Milan Dragway, Milan, MI

June 13 – 15 IHRA National – Torco Racing Fuels President’s Cup Nationals, Maryland International Raceway, Budds Creek, MD

July 4 - 6 IHRA Div #3 Pro-Am Double Event - Mountain Park Motorplex, Clay City, KY

July 11 – 13 IHRA Div #1 Pro-Am Double Event – Pittsburgh Raceway Park, New Alexandria, PA

July 18 – 20 IHRA National - Mopar Canadian Nationals, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada

August 1 - 3 IHRA National - Torco Racing Fuels Northern Nationals, US 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, MI

August 8 –10 IHRA Div #3 Pro-Am Double Event - US 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, MI

August 15 – 17 IHRA Div #1 Pro-Am Double Event – Quaker City Raceway, Salem, OH

August 22 – 24 IHRA Div #3 Pro-Am Double Event - Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada

September 5 – 7 IHRA National - Amalie Oil North American Nationals, New England Dragway, Epping, NH

September 19 – 21 IHRA National – IHRA Canadian Nationals, Toronto Motorsports Park, Cayuga, Ontario, Canada

October 17 - 19 IHRA National - IHRA World Finals, Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, NC


“Tech In” for Motor City Nationals

With only one race in the books for Kevin and Kathy Fisher of Performance by Fisher Racing, they are more than ready to get their season into high gear. That one race was the all important Summit All-Stars shootout for Kathy and IHRA Knoll-Gas Spring Nationals event held at Rockingham Dragway last month.

While Kevin waits for delivery on his new Cannister Motorsports Top Dragster, Kathy looks forward to the Milan National event and finally getting to compete with her new 548 BBC in her Quick Rod entry.

‘We were all ready to start the year with my new combination at the Rockingham event, but that wasn’t to be,” Kathy said. “We didn’t get to do much testing at all prior to that event. Luckily, because of my participation in the Chamber Day that was held on Thursday at Rockingham, we found a problem with the new motor.”

Because Kevin’s new car is not complete yet, meaning there was some extra room in the trailer, the team decided to bring Kathy’s old motor along for sale. Since it seemed that there was no “quick fix” for the new engine, that move proved to be a smart one as the team spent the next twelve hours swapping power plants. This feat would not have been possible without the help of the entire Kalbones Grill’n Sauce AFC crew including the Cannister’s.

“That was a first,” said Kevin. “We have been lucky all these years to have never changed a motor at the track. What made it so tough is that many parts had to be changed over as well. It wasn’t a matter of pulling one out and just sliding the other in. We couldn’t have done it without a few more hands.”

The team encountered a few problems trying to get the Quick Rod dragster dialed in during qualifying since the transmission and converter were meant for a larger engine combination.

“All-in-all it could have been a much worse weekend,” Kathy explained. “I couldn’t get the car out of the nine’s during qualifying but come race day I was able to manage a couple of round wins. Plus I was able to learn a little of what this new tranny and converter want. The information will help a little going to the next event.”

The next event, at least for Kathy, is the upcoming IHRA Motor City Nationals at what Performance by Fisher Racing consider their home track, Milan Dragway.

“We usually make it up there at least four times a year. We use the track for testing and always compete in the national and divisional events,” said Kathy. “Every time we go there we are always treated very well by the entire track staff. They call us by name and work with us to make sure we get the track time we need. You just can’t beat that. You would think we raced there every weekend.”

Although it’s been a month since the last event, the team has been anything but idle. Kathy and Kevin made a trip to Gainesville, Florida last week along with Dale and Laurie Cannister to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School. During their stop, both Kevin and the Cannister’s sat in on the classroom portion of the two day Super Class.

While they were brushing up on their skills, Kathy began to coordinate a new promotion that is soon to kick-off with the school and IHRA. “I’m very excited to get this (promotion) underway. We have some great things in store for the IHRA racers and fans and we will be releasing the details very soon,’ she exclaimed.

High Hopes Set in for Performance by Fisher Racing

Before competition has even started in 2008 for the husband and wife duo, Kevin and Kathy Fisher of Performance by Fisher Racing, IHRA Quick Rod competitor Kathy Fisher has already been quite the traveler. Since leaving her radio career in late 2006, many things have changed for the Western Ohio Pro-Am racer, including what she does off the track. She has added a few more lines to her business card, so to speak, all having to do with drag racing. These include race team PR for Laurie Cannister and Kalbones Grill’n Sauce, additional TV shows as on-camera talent for Ted Jones and Masters Entertainment and more recently being added to Frank Hawley’s staff.

It was just last month that Kathy began working for the legendary Hawley and his Drag Racing School in Gainesville. She spent ten days working at the Florida facility in conjunction with the Gatornationals. This time also allowed her to attend the classroom portion of one of the Super Classes that was held while she was there.

“I attended Frank’s school in early 2003 for my SC/QR license and have used many of the fantastic techniques that he teaches during the classroom portion since. It was a pleasure to sit in again and get a refresher course of sorts, especially when I need all the help I can get heading into this first race of the year,” Kathy said.

The first race is none other than the IHRA Spring Nationals in Rockingham, NC this upcoming weekend. (April 18-20) While Kathy has competed in many IHRA National events, it’s the prestigious Summit All-Stars shootout that has been on her mind.

“There is not one other driver in the top 8 that didn’t work their tails off in 2007 to get in the position that they are in. It’s really like a “who’s-who” in the IHRA Sportsman ranks. To be a part of the Summit All-Stars is just amazing and it’s another great program that IHRA has put together for us to aim for and I know we’re all aiming high,” Kathy explained.

While Kathy will compete in the same Boulton/Cannister dragster that got her to the All-Stars last season, what is behind her is a different combination. Kevin Fisher, who builds the engines for the team’s Quick Rod entries, worked with Stan and Ohio Crankshaft and Kathy’s dragster will now have a 548ci BBC.

“I’m pretty darn excited about what I have to work with this year. Kevin has always built all my power plants, as he did this year, but being able to team up with Ohio Crankshaft is fantastic,” said Kathy.

When the team arrives in Rockingham later this week, Kathy will have many other hats to wear other than that of driver. She will continue her work with the Kalbones Racing AFC team along with working the Performance by Fisher Inc vendor display and just maybe a few interviews for 1320tv.com.

“For those that know me, I’m not much for being an idle person. Keeping busy is also very good for me because it doesn’t allow me time to dwell on things too much and I feel that will be extra important this weekend,” she said. “

Round one for Kathy in the Summit All-Stars will find her racing number four qualifier, Tony Helms. To date, Kathy doesn’t remember meeting up with him in a round of competition, but she does remember her husband Kevin and Tony squaring off last fall in Budds Creek. “I know Tony will be tough. I’ve watched him and he can really dial a car to run dead-on. There will be no “gimmes” and just being on your game may not be enough.”

“Thanks to Kevin, I will have a great horse under me and I feel really good about my driving skills thanks to a little classroom update from Frank Hawley. I have all the tools anyone could ever need to do well not only this weekend but the entire season, including all the help from our new and returning sponsors. I have never had quite this kind of arsenal heading into a new year. It’s just amazing,” she added.

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