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Brian Fischle Scores Runner-Up at NHRA National Open

Brian Fischle 3 29 2018

Fontana, CA (March 29, 2018) – Team Fischle would battle a stacked 42-car field to secure First round and Final-Round finishes at the NHRA National Open at Auto Club Dragway.Team Fischle would battle a stacked 42-car field to secure First round and Final-Round finishes at the NHRA National Open at Auto Club Dragway.

Returning to action after a nearly two-month break, team drivers Matt and Brian Fischle would make strong qualifying runs in a deep 41-car Super Comp field to slot themselves in the 3rd and 9th positions on the ladder. While both came into final eliminations with high expectations, Matt's day would come to an unusually early end.

Matt would lineup against Bobby Mirizio in the first round and the close matchup would result in a double-breakout for the pair. Mirizio would ultimately edge out the Lucas Oil dragster by a scant .004 seconds, ending Matt’s day and leaving him to wonder what could have been. “I really feel like if we could have got past the first round, we would have been hard to beat,” said Matt. “This really was a missed opportunity. We drew a tough first round matchup and we just fell short today.”

Shortly after Matt’s first-round exit, Brian would experience an odd race of his own when his first-round opponent double-bulbed him during the staging process then proceeded to red-light to hand Brian the first round win. Brian would then advance past Steve Parsons, Rich Lash and Eric Reyes to ultimately reach the final round where he would face Super Stock standout Ryan McClanahan. The two would wage a close battle and while Brian would come up just .010 seconds short of the win, his final round run was impressive considering how close he was to complete disaster due to an unexpected moment half-track when he nearly lost control after the car got out of shape on his run. Fortunately, Brian was able to skillfully guide his Lucas Oil Racing TV dragster to the finish line intact while nearly pulling off the win. Despite the loss, his valiant effort was still the talk of the pit area after the event.

“I have to admit, that was the first time in a while that I was almost worried while driving a race car,” said Brian. While the moment would have rattled lesser drivers, Brian admirably refused to use the incident as an excuse. “If you’re not first, you’re last. No excuses,” said Brian matter-of-factly. “Mclanahan is a good driver and he was dead on with his light. Simple as that.”

While a runner-up finish is nice, Team Fischle wants to get into victory lane and the team will get their next chance at Auto Club Dragway on April 28-29th for round 2 of the K&N 8.90 series.

Team Fiscle would like to thank all of their sponsors for their continued support including Lucas Oil, Lucas Oil Racing TV, Protect the Harvest, Canidae Pet Foods, Alarmco Security, Crest Chevrolet, Madcap Racing Engines and Mesa Hose.