The Barry Nats
Dave Schultz – May 20, 2013
This was a first time Nostalgia race & show held last weekend in Memphis, TN. The NSS racers refer to it as the "Barry Nats" because Barry Camp was responsible for the NSS Class of the race — but a shout out should go to Jimmy Ray for all of his involvement with details, sponsor, and the Driver's Dinner on Friday night.
My wagon was still waiting for another head gasket to finish putting the engine together after a freshen up following a issue during qualifying in Atlanta — so the Vitamin C (our backup car) was again pressed into action for this non-points race. Dallas was driving the Big Red Ram.
We left Thursday at 6Am and drove through the remnants of a bad storm that tore up the Fort Worth area the night before. We arrived at the track at 6PM. It rained all night and until about noon Friday. The track was dried and went hot at about 3PM, and we were able to make a Time Trial and a pair of Qualifying passes. Saturday we made two more Qualifying hits at noon and 2PM, and then went into Eliminations at 4:30.
Dallas Qualified 8 and I qualified 11 of 22 cars. Dallas won his first two rounds, but Barry Camp has his number this year — and took him out in the third. My guy was running too fast — so my plan was to push him to break out and give him the stripe at the last minute. It was a good plan, and I gave him 5' — but my light sucked worse than his (by.020) and I should have given him 7'-8'. We had a double break out with his 10.967 to my 10.961 on a 11.0 Index. I'd been chopping the tree down on Friday, but couldn't cut a good light on Saturday. It turns out my slicks on the backup car were bald and each 60' was worse than the one before, which I'm sure had a little to do with it — but I really was just having one of those days on the tree when you need .025 or less to win against these guys.
Below are some photos I took on my cell phone of the event. They're far from good quality — but you might enjoy seeing what was at the event just the same.