Each year, the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals represents a chance for those that can’t make the Spring Break Shootout opener to catch up in points. Whether their car isn’t ready, or they just can’t make the trip to Florida, many racers start out the NMRA season in the hole. Thankfully, racers get to throw out a race so it’s not like the season is a waste if they don’t make Bradenton, but with that race already thrown out, the first couple races is extremely important to making a championship run. If they fumble and stumble at Atlanta, that’s a big hole from which to climb out.
For that reason, many racers, if they can’t make Bradenton, use that missed time to test…test…test, so they’re ready to answer the bell at the All-Star Nationals. Right before the race, though, there were a couple obstacles that came about before racing could begin. First, a part of I85 north collapsed, which wreaked havoc on Atlanta traffic weeks following the All-Star Nationals. Then right before the event, Mother Nature came through and dropped rain and dangerous winds into the area. The stifling wind continued to linger for the first couple days of the event, but thankfully, the weather cleared out for the weekend so that the race could go on.
Once the winds calmed down, the cars of the NMRA and NMCA didn’t disappoint. Some of the faster cars struggled early to figure out the track, but once they found what the surface needed, racers went back and forth running quicker elapsed times with each run. With the All-Star Nationals being a combined race, there’s no shortage of action, but check out the captions to get the complete details.
We caught up with the Eichorn family in the Starbucks parking lot on Sunday morning before the second round of eliminations. When Tyler and his dad Tim told us he had Tim Matherly in round two, we almost told him he better be on the tree. We didn’t, and it turns out Tyler didn’t need us to tell him anyway; Tyler was out first in his matchup with Tim with a .030 light compared to .082 reaction time. Even though Tim ran a 10.28 against Tyler’s 10.32, the damage was done at the tree, and Tyler moved on with a semi-final bye to the final round against Jacob Lamb. With Jacob about a tenth quicker than Tyler all weekend, he knew he had to push the tree, but he pushed too hard with a red light start to hand Jacob the event win.
The great thing about NMRA/NMCA combined races is we get to see Mustangs that exclusively run with the NMCA. In Radial Wars there are several Mustangs that compete in that class, Josh Klugger being just one of them in the Fiscus/Klugger machine. The coupe relies on a Proline 540-inch combination with a pair of Precision 94mm turbos for NMCA competition, and a Fueltech computer management. Behind the big-block is a Proformance Racing Transmission Turbo 400 with a ProTorque converter, while the chassis is a Racecraft 25.2 example with Menscer Motorsports suspension components. Josh and the crew had a fuel cable issue during qualifying, but fixed that in time for eliminations. In the final round against DeWayne Mills’ Golden Gorilla, Josh says, “the left lane bit us with the dip at sixty-feet.”
Depending on when you come around Bill Tumas’ Factory Stock pit, you could probably buy his ride for pretty cheap. Of course, this car will never be for sale since it’s his buddy Andrew ‘Krimpet’ Bauer’s old ride, but since going racing fulltime in the car, and trying to figure out the combination, he’s probably thought about it. Of course, if we know Bill, he’s not going to give up, and as soon as he does, Bill will be a force to be reckoned with in Factory Stock.