ODESSA, Tex. (August 2, 2016) - Chris McGaha couldn’t be more ready to get another chance at raceday after a challenging second round loss last weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Luckily, that opportunity will present itself in just a few short days at the 29th annual Protect the Harvest NHRA Northwest Nationals. As last year’s winner, this is the perfect event to defend his title and bring home his first win of the 2016 season.
McGaha had a slower than expected start to the summer section of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing schedule but has really boosted his performance on track since the Western Swing has come around.
“I can’t say if the rough stretch is behind me or not but it’s getting better and our Harlow Sammons team is improving,” McGaha said. “We were going in the wrong direction with the tune-up at the beginning of the summer but I know we’re headed in a much better direction now.”
One year ago, McGaha went back-to-back when he won his first career Wally in Sonoma and came back one week later and won again in Seattle. At last year’s Northwest Nationals, McGaha took out Joey Grose, Vincent Nobile, Shane Gray, and Jeg Coughlin on his way to victory. With the Countdown to the Championship coming into effect in three races, McGaha knows doing well in Seattle takes top priority.
“It’s called momentum and Seattle is the perfect place to get it,” he said. “It helps going into the Countdown with some momentum because you feel more confident that you’ve got everything going right.”
Qualifying for the Protect the Harvest NHRA Northwest Nationals begins on Friday August 5th with two qualifying sessions at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. (PT) Two more qualifying sessions will take place on Saturday August 6th at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Eliminations will be at 11:00 am on Sunday morning starting with Top Fuel.
CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
Last event, Sonoma: Qualified No. 4; lost second round to Matt Hartford
Last year, Seattle: Qualified No. 1; won the event over Jeg Coughlin