Indy Winner Chris McGaha’s Performance Peaking At Right Time Heading Into NHRA Carolina Nationals

September 14, 2016

 

CHRIS MCGAHA
HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
RACE PREVIEW: NINTH ANNUAL NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
ZMAX DRAGWAY
SEPTEMBER 16-18
 

Indy Winner Chris McGaha’s Performance Peaking at Right Time Heading into NHRA Carolina Nationals

 
ODESSA, Tex. (September 14, 2016) – What a race it was. Chris McGaha has been competing in the NHRA Pro Stock category for five years and surprisingly, he had never gotten out of first round at Indy before two weeks ago. Not only did McGaha drive his way into the second round, he turned on four total win lights on the way to his huge U.S Nationals win. McGaha experienced a trying middle section of his regular season but has peaked at the right time as he heads into the first race of the Countdown at the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals.
 
“Winning Indy still hasn’t sunk in,” McGaha admitted. “The U.S. Nationals is a big deal and to bring it home for Chevrolet was the best part.”
 
McGaha serves as the driver and crew chief on his Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro. Winning the last race before heading into the Countdown is the exact momentum he needed as a driver and tuner. Six races are left before the Pro Stock World Champion is crowned and
McGaha is confident that he’s arrived at the right tuning combination to win more races in the Countdown.
 
“I guarantee any team that does well in the regular season would trade those races for the win at Indy because it’s such a big race and it’s right before the Countdown,” he added.
 
Qualifying at the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway begins with two qualifying sessions on Friday, September 16th at 3:15 and 5:30 p.m. (ET). Qualifying will continue on Saturday, September 17th with two more qualifying sessions at 12:45 and 3:00 p.m. (ET). Eliminations for the NHRA Carolina Nationals will be held on Sunday, September 18th at 12:00 p.m. starting with Top Fuel.

"In the last week and a half, I've tried really hard not to mess with the car since we just won Indy," he added. "We'll just head straight to Charlotte and hopefully keep this momentum rolling."

Regular Season Stats (Not counting Four-Wide in the spring):
Wins: Joey Grose, Deric Kramer (2), Bo Butner, Shane Gray (2), Erica Enders (2), Alex Laughlin, Jeg Coughlin, Matt Hartford, Curt Steinbach, Vincent Nobile, and Allen Johnson.
 
Losses: Jason Line (4), Bo Butner (2), Vincent Nobile, Allen Johnson, Drew Skillman, Shane Gray (2), Erica Enders, Jeg Coughlin, Kenny Delco, Greg Anderson and Matt Hartford.
 
Current Win-Loss Record

  • Vs. Non- Countdown racers: 6-2

  • Vs. Countdown racers: 8-14

  • 2016 W-L: 16-17

PRO STOCK POINT STANDINGS

  1. Jason Line                   2110

  2. Greg Anderson            2080

  3. Bo Butner                    2070

  4. Allen Johnson             2060

  5. Vincent Nobile             2050

  6. Drew Skillman             2040

  7. CHRIS MCGAHA        2030

  8. Shane Gray                 2020

  9. Erica Enders               2010

  10. Jeg Coughlin               2000

 
RACE SCHEDULE FOR NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS:
Friday, Sept. 16: two qualifying sessions at 3:15 and 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Saturday, Sept. 17: two qualifying sessions at 12:45 and 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Sunday, Sept. 18: eliminations begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET) beginning with Top Fuel.
 
CAROLINA NATIONALS ON FS1:
Friday, Sept. 16: one hour of live qualifying at 6:00 p.m. (ET)
Saturday, Sept. 17: one hour of qualifying coverage at 11:00 a.m. (ET)
Sunday, Sept. 18: three hours of live finals coverage at 2:30 p.m. (ET)

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