Chris McGaha Apt to Defend Title in Reading
ODESSA, Tex. (September 27, 2016) – Harlow Sammons Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha will pull into the pits of Maple Grove Raceway this weekend as the returning champ of the 32nd annual NHRA Nationals and that is a title he wants to keep. Currently sixth in points, McGaha is anticipating his luck from last year’s win will aid in him on raceday and help him gain more points in his quest for his first Pro Stock Championship. “I’ve only been to Reading once and that was last year when I won,” McGaha laughed as he reminisced about the race. “We only got one qualifying session in before raceday because of the rain so technically, I’ve only made five laps at Maple Grove Raceway.” As the points stand today, McGaha is 175 points out of first. Although this may look like a big feat to achieve, McGaha is confident that he can give the current No. 1 seed a run for his money if given the opportunity. “To win the championship, we just have to keep going rounds and other people above us need to keep losing,” he added. “That’s how we’re gonna win this.” Qualifying at the 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals will begin on Friday, September 30th with two sessions at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m. Two more qualifying sessions will be on Saturday, October 1st at 11:15 and 2:45 p.m. Eliminations begin at noon on Sunday, October 2nd. COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACES Race #1: NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte 2 (Fall Charlotte Race) Qualified: No. 9 with a 6.641, 209.10 Results: lost second round to Greg anderson Points: Ended event 6th in points with a total of 2,082 Race #2: AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals, St. Louis Qualified: No. 7 with a 6.621, 209.07 Results: lost second round to Bo Butner Points: Ended event in 6th with 2,135 Event Schedule Friday, Sept. 30: two qualifying sessions at 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1: two qualifying sessions at 11:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2: eliminations at 12:00 p.m. FS1 Schedule Friday, Sept. 30, FS1 will televise one hour of live qualifying coverage at 6 p.m. (ET). Sunday, Oct. 2, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 2 a.m. (ET). Sunday, Oct. 2, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage starting at 2 p.m.