Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
October 13, 2016

If you’re trying to have a nice car, you focus on keeping the car clean. If it’s a fast car you’re concentrating on, most likely that will be the result. Very few racers are able to combine both into one race car. However, Shane Fisher is one racer that has been able to bridge the gap between a nice race car and a fast race car. His list of accomplishments in 2016 is long, but it wasn’t always this way.

Shane purchased the car in 2012 as, “Somewhat of a race car,” as he puts it. The 1993 LX coupe was already an X275 car when he bought it, and he ran it at a couple local races before breaking the 8.8 rear. Over the winter of 2012 he sent it up to Racecraft, Inc. for a Fab rear, new K-member, and a redo of the car’s fuel cell and water box. Racecraft also redid much of the rear suspension, and rear bracing. “It had a backyard 25.5 roll cage in the car,” Shane says, “But not really anything in the trunk.”

With the Racecraft improvements, Shane brought out the car in 2013 and ran it at a couple races with mixed success. At this time is when Shane’s racing program took a giant leap forward. Shane hooked up with Bennett Racing for an engine, and John Kolivas came on board as the car’s tuner and crew chief. That year he won the No Marcy race and also raced the car at the Fall Brawl at Holly Springs, setting the X275 record with a 4.59. “We were the first turbo car to go 4.50s,” Shane says.

Under the Schoneck carbon hood is a Bennett Racing 400ci combination with Yates D3 heads, a Bennett intake, a Wilson Manifolds throttle body and elbow, and Precision injectors. The turbo is a Precision ProMod 85mm single with a Pressurized Solutions front-mount intercooler, and piping. Crew chief John Kolivas tunes the combination using a Big Stuff 3, VP Racing Fuels’ Q16, an MSD ignition, and an AMS 2000 boost controller. Behind the Bennett combination is a Mark Micke (M&M) Turboglide with a ProTorque EV1 converter, a Precision shifter, a PST carbon fiber driveshaft, and a Racecraft Fab rear with Strange Engineering components. Shane also sourced Strange for the coupe’s brakes front and rear, while Menscer shocks live at all four corners.

Unfortunately, Shane also wrecked the car at the Fall Brawl, which also meant a trip to Pressurized Solutions for a redo of the car’s front half. Also over that winter Bennett made some engine changes, and for 2014 he reset the X275 record with a 4.49 at the Spring Fling, also held at Holly Springs. “Other than that, we kinda struggled the rest of the season,” Shane says. Those struggles continued in 2015, but Shane and the team were able to salvage a few runners-up to keep 2015 from totally being a down year.

Working with Bennett Racing, KBX, and Pressurized Solutions on some changes for the car, 2016 has been a good year for Shane. “We’ve won 5 events this year, and been top qualifier at 7 events,” he says. “Right before No Mercy 7, the engine had 90 passes on it so Bennett freshened it up, and we picked it up the Wednesday of No Mercy 7. Off the trailer it ran a 4.44,” Shane tells us. In the final, Shane ran a 1.08 short time on the way to a 4.42, and the big win at what has become arguable the most prestigious race in small-tire racing.

“We’re really fortunate to have KBX, Bennett Racing, and Pressurized Solution on our side, they have this X275 stuff figured out,” Shane says. “Mark Micke, his transmissions, in my book are the best,” he adds. At the track, Shane’s team consists of his dad Russell as the pit man, John Kolivas as the crew chief, and “I drive,” he says.

For the rest of 2016, Shane is running this weekend’s Fall Brawl at Holly Springs, and then the race at Denton, Texas. “Depending on how much gas we have in the tank, we may hit the PSCA event in November,” Shane adds. Wherever he chooses to race, Shane’s hoping to keep the winning ways intact. “We have set, and reset the X275 record like 7 times,” Shane says.

If you’re able to take in any X275 races in the near future, just look for Shane’s really nice, and really fast, black Fox coupe. You’ll have roughly 4 seconds to catch it in action.