HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
RACE REPORT: SIXTH ANNUAL NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS PRESENTED BY LOWES FOODS
Chris McGaha Reaches Final Quad at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
CONCORD, N.C. (April 24, 2016) – Harlow Sammons Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha battled strange conditions on his way to the final quad at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods. McGaha reached the finals of the event and finished as a semifinalist at the end of the day.
McGaha entered Sunday in the No. 8 spot after three rounds of qualifying. At the Four-Wide, the first two racers to cross the finish line advance to the next round. First round, McGaha clocked in with a 6.615-second pass at 209.36 mph to take the win over Shane Tucker and Allen Johnson. Greg Anderson would also join McGaha in that quad to move on to the next round.
Second round was a run for the ages when McGaha came up to the starting line against Deric Kramer, Greg Anderson and Bo Butner. The four drivers staged within seconds of each other and all looked to be normal. Then, Deric Kramer left before the tree was activated and in the confusion, McGaha left the starting line with a delayed reaction time but crossed the finish line before the other three drivers with a 6.734, 208.04 and headed to the final round along with Butner.
“Second round was a complete disaster from one end to the other,” said McGaha. “I saw the Lane 1 [Deric Kramer] light go out and I got distracted but I knew the tree was still coming down. When I left, I thought it was gonna shake so I started trying to compensate but ended up riding the rev limiter every shift after that to get the win. We might’ve won that quad but it wasn’t pretty.”
In the finals, McGaha drove his Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro to a 6.646, 208.68. Albeit a very consistent and quick run, Jason Line took the win over McGaha, Drew Skillman and Bo Butner with a 6.565, 211.33. McGaha placed fourth in the quad and inked a semifinal appearance at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
The next event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour will bring us to Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Texas for the NHRA SpringNationals. Qualifying for McGaha will begin at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29th, 2016.
CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
Qualified: No. 8
First Quad: MCGAHA (6.615, 209.36) and Greg Anderson (6.562, 211.99) def. Allen Johnson (6.642 207.69) and Shane Tucker (6.852 199.40)
Second Quad: MCGAHA (6.734, 208.04)and Bo Butner (6.628 210.47) def. Deric Kramer (No Time) and Greg Anderson (7.536, 164.17)
Finals: Jason Line (6.565, 211.33) def. MCGAHA (6.646, 208.68), Drew Skillman (6.620 209.43) and Bo Butner (6.591 210.77)
FRIDAY: 6.635, 208.20 (Session 1);
SATURDAY: 6.630, 208.75 (Session 2); 6.718, 187.78 (Session 3)
SR DRIVEN MEDIA