Not many people will ever replicate what Ron Fassl accomplished in a AA/Fuel Altered over the years. Born in 1943, Ron lived quite a life behind the wheel of his long line of “Phoenix” Funny Cars and the famed “Pepsi” Fuel Altered that Ron raced at Firebird many, many times over the years. Ron passed away on March 28, 2014. Ron was a winner of the Pepsi Nightfire four different times, more specifically in 1993, 2000, 2001, and 2004. He set the track record numerous times, too, and still holds the Fuel Altered speed mark at a mind boggling 276.41 miles per hour. He was a real character that truly loved the speed, danger and excitement of the “awful-awful” breed. Assisted for many years by “Famous Amos” Satterlee, the two even orchestrated for Firebird founder Bill New to get behind the wheel of their Fuel Altered following their final Fuel Altered Nationals title in `04. Not only did they have him celebrate his 70th birthday and crawl behind the wheel of their roadster in the Pepsi Winner’s Circle, but Amos fired the car up following Ron’s big win in one of the more astonishing things to happen in the life of the Firebird patriarch. God speed, Ron. You will never be forgotten by all your friends in Idaho! Classic Fassl launch complete with “unbelievable header flames” from the 2003 Nightfire by ace photographer Jim Sorenson.