HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
EVENT PREVIEW: 62ND ANNUAL CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE U.S. NATIONALS
LUCAS OIL RACEWAY AT INDIANAPOLIS
Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Marks Five Year Anniversary of Pro Stock Debut for Chris McGaha
ODESSA, Tex. (August 29, 2016) – The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is not only the biggest race of the year but it also will be the fifth year anniversary since Harlow Sammons driver Chris McGaha let out the clutch for the first time in Pro Stock competition. Five years later, McGaha has solidified himself in the class as a true competitor and is now a force to be reckoned doing double-duty as a driver and tuner of his own operation.
Chris McGaha and his Harlow Sammons team made their Pro Stock debut at the U.S. Nationals in 2011 where he qualified No. 11. Although no round wins came to fruition that day, it was just a few races later that McGaha got his first round win at the AAA Fall Nationals in Dallas, Texas.
“Going back to Indy five years later definitely brings up a lot of memories of where it all started,” McGaha reminisced. “I was just thinking about it the other day and how we qualified No. 11 in a car that we were renting and we had a lot of big expectations back then. The future looked really bright at that race and it still does now.”
Since getting his feet wet in Pro Stock in 2011, he has worked endlessly to become one of the top competitors in the class. The years to follow brought many round wins but it seemed that all the tirelessly work back at the shop in Odessa, Texas finally paid off when he scored his first Pro Stock No. 1 qualifying spot in 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.
“The number one qualifiers mean a lot to us because it shows all the hard work you’re doing just at the engine shop,” he said. “Winning is a combination of everything but the number one qualifiers are a product of what happens back at the shop.”
McGaha has gone on to collected an addition six No. 1 qualifiers since Phoenix in 2014. He has also won three national events which came at the second half of the 2015 season in Sonoma, Calif., Seattle, Wash., and Reading, Pa.
“The excitement from my first win is starting to fade a little bit so I think it’s time I got me another one,” he laughed. “It’s coming up on a year since we’ve won a race so I think it’s time.”
This weekend’s 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals marks McGaha’s 92nd race in Pro Stock competition and this historic event held at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is the race he hopes his recent luck will turn around and begin the momentum he needs heading into the Countdown to the Championship.
“We’re eighth in the points right now but even if we were third in points, we want to do good at Indy,” he said. “Indy is a special race and it makes you feel like you need to do good there to set the stage for what you’re fixin’ to do in the Countdown.”
Qualifying at the 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals begins on Friday, September 2nd with one qualifying run at 7:15 p.m. Two qualifying sessions will follow on Saturday, September 3rd at 2:45 and 6:45 p.m. Sunday, September 4th will see the final two qualifying runs at 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 5th starting with Top Fuel.
CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
Last year, Indy: Qualified No. 11; lost first round to Shane Gray.
Last event, Brainerd: Qualified No. 7; lost second round to Jason Line.
Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Race Schedule
Friday, Sept. 2nd: one qualifying sessions at 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3rd: two qualifying session at 2:45 and 6:45 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 4th: two qualifying sessions at 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 5th, eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m. starting with Top Fuel.
Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals TV Schedule
Sunday, Sept. 4, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at noon (ET).
Sunday, Sept. 4, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 5 p.m. (ET).
Monday, Sept. 5, FS1 will televise two hours of live finals coverage at 11 a.m. (ET).
Monday, Sept. 5, FOX will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 1 p.m. (ET).