Brad Eglian Returns To NPK Racing After Crash

Brad Eglian Returns To NPK Racing After Crash

Brad “B-Rad” Eglian, and his 1994 Z34 Chevrolet Lumina “LumiNasty” has been a part of the Street Outlaws universe for a long time. Unfortunately, at the 2023 No Prep Kings (NPK) final race at the Texas Motorplex, Brad and LumiNasty went for a wild ride that didn’t end well. After a lot of hard work, Brad, his family, and friends have got LumiNasty back into racing shape.

The crash in Texas took a lot out of Brad both physically and emotionally. There was no doubt he would get back to racing when he could, but due to his injuries he really couldn’t assess the damage to the car. Brad’s son Braden and some friends stepped up to get the rebuild process started on the car.

“As soon as we got home, Braden had a friend bring a rollback over and get the car out of the trailer. Braden and his friends started tearing the car down right away. I just sat there and watched since I couldn’t do anything. It was hard, but I was mentally prepared for it,” Brad says.

Once the car was stripped down, Brad needed to get the car repaired, and ready to be put back together. The plan was to have a local chassis shop take care of getting LumiNasty whipped back into shape, however, the cost was beyond Brad’s budget. So, Brad and Braden brought the chassis back home to do the work themselves.

The 521 cubic-inch Brad Anderson-based HEMI combo still remains under the hood, along with the ProCharger that provides boost. Behind the engine, there’s an Extreme Automatics TH400 and ProTorque torque converter. A fresh set of AFCO shocks were added to the Lumina after the crash. A Holley Dominator ECU controls the engine and is tuned by Brad.

“We had to rebuild everything from the firewall forward, and from the 4-link brackets back on the car. Work began right around the beginning of March and we didn’t finish it until we were in the lanes for our first hit at National Trail Raceway. We also realized that the upper seatbelts weren’t adjusted properly because they were extended all the way out. I had to hunch over, suck my body in, and clinch so my son can get me strapped in. It was tight, but I was in there and ready,” Brad explains.

Brad was mentally in the zone to make his first pass, but then Tim Brown crashed, and that led to an extended clean up. It wasn’t an ideal situation for Brad since he was focused, and then had to reboot his mind all over again when he got back in the car. When it was Brad’s turn to make his first run, the car made a…

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