CONCORD, N.C. (April 30, 2017) – Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha claimed his fifth career win today at the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX DRAGWAY.
McGaha began his quest to victory when he qualified No. 4 and had a first round matchup against No. 5 Jason Line, No. 12 Allen Johnson, and No. 13 Alan Prusiensky. At the hit, McGaha had a .014-second reaction time and was .015-seconds faster than the next best reaction time over his competition. McGaha crossed the finish line with a 6.601-second pass at 210.24 mph and was the third quickest of the session. McGaha’s run and Jason Line’s 6.594, 210.67 advanced over Johnson’s 6.612, 209.26 and Prusiensky’s 6.645, 209.39.
In the second round, McGaha was almost telepathic on the tree when he had a .010-second reaction time. McGaha drove his Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro straight down zMAX DRAGWAY with a 6.586, 210.47; that run was the lowest elapsed time of the round and granted him lane choice in the final quad of the day. Drew Skillman‘s 6.612, 209.59 finished second behind McGaha and together they outran Vincent Nobile’s 6.624, 209.39 and Jason Line’s 6.616, 209.49.
In the final quad of eliminations, McGaha faced up against Drew Skillman, Shane Gray, and Greg Anderson. McGaha proved his consistency when he was .011-seconds on the tree and that reaction time gave him a .014-second advantage over the other three lanes. He crossed the finish line with a 6.591, 210.44 and going low of the round was exactly what he needed to do to take home the victory over Anderson’s 6.614, 209.56, Gray’s 6.648, 209.33, and Skillman’s 6.597, 210.24.
“Each race we’ve won is special in its own way,” McGaha said. “My first win in Sonoma was pretty sweet and each win has its own story and honestly, I always felt like the Four-Wide in 2014 should’ve been our first win. We had a dominate car and won every quad that day until eventually it shook and we blew the motor up. That motor never recovered until this week. The motor I’ve got in it right now is the same motor I went rounds with in 2014 and that got us the win today.”
McGaha crossed the finish line at zMAX DRAGWAY first in each quad he participated in during eliminations at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Not only was he high on horsepower, his average reaction time on Sunday was an .011, which proves he was ready at the launch and the top end to make sure he did whatever it took to bring home the Wally to Odessa, Texas.
“To me, I’ve always thought if you want to win, you’ve got to have the power,” he added. “This engine showed us we have a lot of power and it gave us some serious momentum.”
The Harlow Sammons team planned on taking a five-race hiatus starting next weekend but after the victory today, McGaha admits his plans may change.
“I thought I was going to take a break,” he laughed. “I thought I was fixin’ to not come back until Norwalk but now everyone in my pits is screamin’ we should go to Atlanta; my wife even told me we’re going to Atlanta. I’m going to have to sleep on it.”
The NHRA Four-Wide Nationals victory marks his eighth final round appearance of his career and his fifth national event win in Pro Stock.
CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
Qualified: No. 4
First Round: MCGAHA (6.601, 210.24) and Jason Line (6.594, 210.67) def. Allen Johnson (6.612, 209.26) and Alan Prusiensky (6.645, 209.39)
Second Round: MCGAHA (6.586, 210.47) and Drew Skillman (6.612, 209.59) def. Vincent Nobile (6.624, 209.39) and Jason Line (6.616, 209.49)
Finals: MCGAHA (6.591, 210.44) def. Greg Anderson (6.614, 209.56), Shane Gray (6.648, 209.33) and Drew Skillman (6.597, 210.24)
Friday: 6.591, 209.95 (Session 1); 6.990, 160.19 (Session 2)
Saturday: No Time (Session 3); 6.610, 209.40 (Session 4)