ODESSA, Tex. (August 29, 2017) – 2016’s Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals was special for two specific reasons for Chris McGaha: it was his fifth anniversary of his Pro Stock debut and on that fifth-year anniversary, he inked his name as a U.S. Nationals winner in Pro Stock. This year, McGaha only has his eyes on defending his title as they head to the biggest race on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing tour.
“Winning Indy last season was a huge confidence booster to our season and I’m hoping this year is the same,” McGaha said. “We haven’t run a full season this year but it’s nice to know our performance while we were out there has been good enough to keep us in the top ten going into this weekend."
McGaha is No. 10 in points with Alan Prusiensky and Shane Gray mathematically still eligible to make it into the top ten if they outperform the rest of the competition. Going rounds on raceday at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is the main goal for McGaha to defend his title and remain in the top ten so he can go for the championship the last six races of the 2017 season.
"Points-and-a-half each round on raceday is crucial for us since we haven’t clinched our spot in the Countdown to the Championship yet," he added. "There are a few racers behind me that have good power so I have to make sure we perform to our best ability on raceday.”
Qualifying at the 63rd annual NHRA U.S. Nationals will begin on Friday, September 1st with one session at 7:15 p.m. (ET) Two more sessions are scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd at 2:30 and 6:15 p.m and Sunday, September 3rd at 11:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Raceday eliminations will be held on Monday, September 4th at 11:00 a.m.
Chris McGaha – A History at the U.S. Nationals
Won 2016 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
Last year: qualified No. 9; beat Allen Johnson in the final round
Made Pro Stock debut in 2011 at Lucas Oil Raceway