ODESSA, T.X. (March 29, 2016) – The fourth of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series brings Chris McGaha and his Harlow Sammons team to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In his second year in the K&N Horsepower Challenge, McGaha feels more relaxed and ready to perform now that he knows what’s to be expected.
McGaha propelled himself into the K&N Horsepower Challenge for the first time last season. In 2015, he was in the No. 6 slot for the shoot-out race and this year has jumped up to the No. 4 spot which will grant him lane choice over Drew Skillman in the first round of the bonus race.
“I’m excited because we qualified better than we did last year,” confessed McGaha. “It does help that this is my second year doing this race. You only get one shot a year to do this and getting a second opportunity to do it, I definitely think my mind will be at ease since I know what to expect.”
Eliminations for the K&N Horsepower Challenge will be on Saturday with first round at 1:00 p.m., the semifinals at 4:00 p.m. and the final round at 5:00 p.m.
After the K&N Horsepower Challenge is all said and done, the focus redirects back to the main event, the 17th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals. McGaha, who builds his own motors out of his shop in Odessa, Texas, has been the only driver to break up the KB-powered trio when he reached the final round in Phoenix last month.
“We know we have the power and even when you look at our incrementals past the 60 foot, we know we can hang with the top guys,” smiled McGaha. “We’re the only ones that have been able to hang with them. Our Harlow Sammons team didn’t have the best outing in Gainesville but this is a new race and we’ll approach it in a different manner and get back to where we were in Phoenix.”
17th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals
Friday, April 1: Qualifying sessions at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 2: Qualifying sessions at 1:10 p.m. and 4:05 p.m., K&N Challenge at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 3: Driver introductions at 11:15 a.m.; Final Eliminations begin at 12:00 p.m.
NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING ON FOX SPORTS
FRIDAY, April 1, FOX Sports 1 (FS1) will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 11 p.m. (ET)
SATURDAY, April 2, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 9 p.m. (ET)
SUNDAY, April 3, FS1 will televise three hours of LIVE finals coverage at 5 p.m. (ET)
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