2019 U.S. Nationals

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2019 U.S. Nationals

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Q1: 6.633 at 207.94mph

Q2: 6.610 at 208.84mph

Q3: 6.596 at 208.52mph***

Q4: 6.660 at 207.30mph

Q5: 7.095 at 155.17mph

Qualified No. 10

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO

ELIMINATIONS

First Round: McGaha (6.614, 208.65) J.Coughlin (6.613,207.52)

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 U.S. NATIONALS (EVENT 12 of 18)

1. Bo Butner 969

2. Alex Laughlin 967

3. Jason Line 906

4. Greg Anderson 884

5. Erica Enders 853

6. Deric Kramer 818

7. Matt Hartford 809

8. Jeg Coughlin 745

9. Chris McGaha 630

10. Val Smeland 429

11. Kenny Delco 411

12. Fernando Cuadra 410

13. Rodger Brogdon 320

14. Fernando Cuadra Jr. 268

15. Shane Tucker 265

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2019 Brainerd Nationals

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2019 Brainerd Nationals

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Q1: 6.728 at 205.19mph

Q2: 7.526 at 142.84mph

Q3: 6.647 at 207.21mph***

Q4: 6.652 at 207.59mph

Qualified No. 10

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO

ELIMINATIONS

First Round: McGaha (10.443, 87.81) F.Cuarda (6.619,208.20) RED LIGHT (-.047)

Second Round: McGaha (6.612, 209.30) E.Enders (6.583, 207.40)

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS (EVENT 11 of 18)

1. Bo Butner 874*

2. Greg Anderson 802*

3. Alex Laughlin 794*

4. Jason Line 774*

5. Matt Hartford 753*

6. Deric Kramer 709*

7. Erica Enders 697*

8. Jeg Coughlin 663*

9. Chris McGaha 581* Clinched Spot in 2019 NHRA Countdown

10. Kenny Delco 363

11. Fernando Cuadra 360

12. Val Smeland 351

13. Rodger Brogdon 320

14. Alan Prusiensky 226

15. Fernando Cuadra Jr. 219

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2019 Northwest Nationals

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2019 Northwest Nationals

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Q1: 6.573 at 210.05mph

Q2: 6.566 at 210.50mph***

Q3: 13.544 at 63.34mph

Q4: 6.584 at 210.54mph

Qualified No. 10

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO

ELIMINATIONS

First Round: McGaha (6.600, 209.46) F.Cuarda (6.606,210.14)

Second Round: McGaha (8.638, 1111.40) A.Laughlin (6.574, 209.79)

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS (EVENT 10 of 18)

1. Bo Butner 815

2. Greg Anderson 769

3. Alex Laughlin 742

4. Matt Hartford 679

5. Jason Line 644

6. Deric Kramer 632

7. Jeg Coughlin 609

8. Erica Enders 593

9. Chris McGaha 529

10. Kenny Delco 331

11. Fernando Cuadra 327

12. Rodger Brogdon 320

Val Smeland 320

14. Alan Prusiensky 216

15. Fernando Cuadra Jr. 188

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2019 Sonoma Nationals

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2019 Sonoma Nationals

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Q1: 6.567 at 209.72mph***

Q2: 6.587 at 207.21mph

Q3: 6.591 at 209.75mph

Q4: 6.593 at 209.56mph

Qualified No. 12

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO

ELIMINATIONS

First Round: McGaha (6.577, 209.75) M.Hartford (Crosses Center Line, Hits Timing Blocks)

Second Round: McGaha (6.745, 180.28) B.Butner (6.593, 210.05)

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS (EVENT 9 of 18)

1. Bo Butner 781*

2. Greg Anderson 675

3. Alex Laughlin 658

4. Jason Line 582

5. Matt Hartford 567

6. Deric Kramer 558

7. Jeg Coughlin 544

8. Erica Enders 535

9. Chris McGaha 477

10. Rodger Brogdon 320

11. Kenny Delco 299

12. Fernando Cuadra 294

13. Val Smeland 289

14. Shane Tucker 186

15. Alan Prusiensky 185

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2019 Mile High Nationals

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2019 Mile High Nationals

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Q1: 7.092 at 194.46.46mph

Q2: 7.04 at 195.28mph

Q3: 6.971 at 195.93mph***

Q4: Rain Out

Qualified No. 6

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO

ELIMINATIONS

First Round: McGaha (7.031, 195.65) V.Smeland (7.362, 194.16) HOLESHOT

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 NHRA MILE HIGH NATIONALS (EVENT 8 of 18)

1. Bo Butner 704

2. Greg Anderson 561

3. Alex Laughlin 554

4. Matt Hartford 538

5. Jason Line 503

6. Deric Kramer 499

7. Jeg Coughlin 484

8. Erica Enders 480

9. Chris McGaha 424

10. Rodger Brogdon 320

11. Kenny Delco 267

12. Fernando Cuadra 261

13. Val Smeland 258

14. Shane Tucker 186

15. Alan Prusiensky 175

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Chris McGaha earns eighth career Pro Stock victory at the Norwalk Nationals

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Chris McGaha earns eighth career Pro Stock victory at the Norwalk Nationals

McGaha recorded a pass of 6.620 seconds at 210.11 mph to outdistance Alex Laughlin (Havoline Chevrolet Camaro SS) in the final round of the seventh of 18 Pro Stock races this season.

“That’s probably the first time I’ve won crew chiefing it myself, so it’s kind of special. We overcame a lot this weekend – broke two motors – but I guess our luck changed today,” said McGaha, the No. 3 qualifier in the Harlow Sammons of Odessa Chevrolet Camaro SS. “I took the same car up there all four rounds and it just kept repeating and repeating. If the crew chief is doing his job, the driver needs to do his and here we are.”

McGaha, who picked up his eighth career Pro Stock win, last won in July 2018 at Epping, New Hampshire. Prior to breaking through at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the resident of Odessa, Texas, had not advanced past the second round.

An interview with Pro Stock winner CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS RACING, HARLOW SAMMONS OF ODESSA CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 3 qualifier; eighth career victory, first this season):

HOW DOES THAT WIN FEEL?

“That’s probably the first time I’ve won crew chiefing it myself, so it’s kind of special. We overcame a lot – broke two motors – but I guess our luck changed today.”

YOU GOT BETTER WHEN IT MATTERED. HOW DID YOU DO IT?

“I think it’s luck. Lights have been really bad for me the last year. I’ve been working on it really hard. I had the crew chief personnel change and have been doing it all myself and have been struggling. But we overcame it today. I took the same car up there all four rounds and it just kept repeating and repeating. If the crew chief is doing his job, the driver needs to do his and here we are.”

WALK US THROUGH YOUR RACE DAY.

“Started with a bad light in the first round and probably should have gotten trailored by Wally Stroupe after that bad light, but somehow we got back around him. The second round I was a little better on the tree. I had no idea he shook (tires) because I just didn’t see him. For the semis, we just kept taking the same car up there much like a bracket racer would do. I botched the burnout really bad and I’m sure everybody thought we were done. I thought I had done enough damage to the clutch that I had better just stage the thing at this point. I staged it and thought it’s either going to go or it’s not. It was a dice roll. Low and behold I took it to the line and let it rip. Next thing I knew we won that round and were going to the finals. I kept doing the same thing, the basic service, and kept dragging the same car up there.”

THE NEXT TIME WE SEE YOU IS THE BEGINNING OF THE SWING.

“Yes. Denver, and you have to change so much up at Denver that it’s definitely luck (to win). A totally unique tune-up, especially the gearing. You have to almost learn how to drive again.”

THE 18-RACE SCHEDULE, ARE YOU FINDING IT TO BE A POSITIVE?

“I was not going to run but 16 or 18 myself anyway; I have other obligations. It’s been kind of nice because I started some new project this year in the oil fields. Also, not going to Bristol between Chicago and here, I really sat down and wore out a notebook and a calculator really looking at my set-up and I think it paid off.”

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Q1: 6.596 at 209.88mph

Q2: 6.560 at 211mph***

Q3: 6.588 at 209.62mph

Q4: 9.280at 101.69mph

Qualified No. 3

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO

ELIMINATIONS

First Round: McGaha (6.587, 210.28) W.Stroupe (6.680, 206.95)

Second Round: McGaha (6.603,209.88) G.Anderson (9.750,97.45)

Semi Finals: McGaha (6.610,210.05) B.Butner (6.650,218.55)

Finals: McGaha (6.620,210.11) A.Laughlin (6.668, 208.75)

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 NORWALK NATIONALS (EVENT 7 of 18)

1. Bo Butner 671

2. Alex Laughlin 523

3. Jason Line 448

4. Greg Anderson 445

5. Matt Hartford 441

6. Erica Enders 427

7. Deric Kramer 422

8. Jeg Coughlin 405

9. Chris McGaha 390

10. Rodger Brogdon 320

11. Kenny Delco 234

12. Fernando Cuadra 228

13. Val Smeland 206

14. Shane Tucker 186

15. Alan Prusiensky 175

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2019 Route 66 Nationals

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2019 Route 66 Nationals

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Q1: 6.636 at 208.46mph

Q2: N/A Transmission Failure

Q3: 6.632 at 208.91mph

Q4: 6.628 at 208.01mph***

Qualified No. 12

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO

ELIMINATIONS

First Round: McGaha (6.612, 209.23) R.Freeman (6.571, 209.20)

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 NHRA ROUTE 66 NATIONALS (EVENT 6 of 18)

1. Bo Butner 598 2. Alex Laughlin 431 3. Erica Enders 393 4. Jason Line 390 5. Greg Anderson 389 6. Matt Hartford 379 7. Deric Kramer 357 8. Jeg Coughlin 330 9. Rodger Brogdon 286 10. Chris McGaha 273 11. Kenny Delco 203 12. Fernando Cuadra 195 13. Val Smeland 175 14. Alan Prusiensky 165 15. Shane Tucker 155

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2019 NHRA Virginia Nationals

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2019 NHRA Virginia Nationals

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Q1: 6.610 at 208.30mph

Q2: 6.618 at 208.36mph

Q3: 9.162 at 102.09mph

Q4: 6.603 at 207.97mph***

Qualified No. 11

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO

ELIMINATIONS

First Round: McGaha (6.607, 208.75) M.Hartford (6.642, 207.94)

Second Round: McGaha (6.618, 208.84) B.Butner(6.625, 208.59) HOLESHOT

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 NHRA VIRGINIA NATIONALS (EVENT 5 of 18)

1 Bo Butner 5450

2 Alex Laughlin 358 -187

3 Jason Line 328 -217

4 Matt Hartford 318 -227

5 Greg Anderson 305 -240

6 Jeg Coughlin Jr 298 -247

7 Erica Enders 297 -248

8 Rodger Brogdon 254 -291

9 Chris McGaha 241 -304

10 Deric Kramer 239 -306

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3rd Generation Harlow Sammons Racing Driver Mason McGaha

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3rd Generation Harlow Sammons Racing Driver Mason McGaha

The next generation of drag racers is among us. 2019 alone has already seen up and coming stars in the Mello Yello drag racing series like 23 year old Austin Prock, and Jordan Vandegriff, age 24. The 2020 season won’t let you down with the introduction of third generation pro stock racer Mason McGaha. Want to get to know this soon to be 18 year old before he climbs behind the wheel of his very own Harlow Sammons Racing Chevrolet Camaro? Look no further!

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2019 Denso Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals

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2019 Denso Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Q1: 11.025 at 81.61mph

Q2: Fuel Line Flare Up

Q3: 6.728 at 204.94mph

Q4: 6.707 at 205.57mph***

Qualified No. 12

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO

ELIMINATIONS

First Round Quad: McGaha v. S.Tucker v. R.Brogden v. M.Hartford

Semi Final Round Quad: McGaha v. M.Hartford v. B.Butner v. J.Line

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 DENSO SPARK PLUGS NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS (EVENT 4 of 18)

1. Bo Butner 425

2. Alex Laughlin 285 -140

3. Matt Hartford 284 -141

4. Jason Line 261 -164

5. Erica Enders 239 -186

6. Jeg Coughlin Jr 225 -200

7. Rodger Brogdon 220 -205

8. Greg Anderson 208 -217

9. Deric Kramer 199 -226

10. Chris McGaha 189 -236

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2019 Amalie Oil GatorNationals- 50th Anniversary

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2019 Amalie Oil GatorNationals- 50th Anniversary

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Q1: 6.59 at 210mph

Q2: 6.57 at 210mph

Q3: 6.519 at 212mph

Q4: 6.516 at 211mph***

Qualified No. 8

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO

ELIMINATIONS

First Round: McGaha (6.566, 210.97) E.Enders (6.751, 173.63)

Second Round: McGaha (7.852, 127.58) R. Brogdon(6.513, 211.39)

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 NHRA ARIZONA NATIONALS (EVENT 3 of 18)

1. Bo Butner 301

2. Alex Laughlin 229

3. Jason Line 189

4. Erica Enders 186

5. Matt Hartford 185

6. Rodger Brogdon 184

7. Jeg Coughlin 180

8. Deric Kramer 166

9. Kenny Delco 141

10. Chris McGaha 137


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2019 Magic Dry Arizona Nationals

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2019 Magic Dry Arizona Nationals

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Q1: 6.548 at 211mph**

Q2: 6.551 at 211mph

Qualified No. 9

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO

ELIMINATIONS

First Round: McGaha (7.305, 144.74) Deric Kramer (6.573, 210.18)

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 NHRA ARIZONA NATIONALS (EVENT 2 of 18)

1. Bo Butner, 181

2. Jason Line, 157

3. Erica Enders, 152

4. Matt Hartford, 147

5. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 145

6. Alex Laughlin, 136

7. Deric Kramer, 110

8. Rodger Brogdon, 100

9. Chris McGaha, 84

10. Val Smeland, 82

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2019 Lucas Oil WinterNationals Results

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2019 Lucas Oil WinterNationals Results

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Q1: 6.563 at 211mph**

Q2: 6.567 at 210mph

Q3: 6.566 at 211 mph

Q4: 6.617 at 210mph

Qualified No. 11

CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO

ELIMINATIONS

First Round: McGaha (7.946, 165.09) defeated Greg Anderson (27.866, 51.48)

Second Round: McGaha (8.953, 105.81) falls short to Bo Butner (6.526, 211.43)

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 NHRA WINTERNATIONALS (EVENT 1 of 18)

1. Bo Butner, 120

2. Jason Line, 97

3. Erica Enders, 80

4. Alex Laughlin, 76

5. Matt Hartford, 52

6. Chris McGaha, 52

7. Steve Graham, 51

8. Val Smeland, 51

9. Rodger Brogdon, 44

10. Deric Kramer, 37

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Chris McGaha Looks to Showcase Off Season Initiatives at The Winter Nationals

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Chris McGaha Looks to Showcase Off Season Initiatives at The Winter Nationals

Pro Stock Champion Chris McGaha and the Harlow Sammons Race team are back in 2019 with more determination that ever. Heading into their 9th season contending for a Pro Stock World Championship title, McGaha’s off season preparation ranks second to none.

“We were extremely busy this off season,” McGaha said. “We decided to invest last August in our overall racing program by adding Gary Hettler and his cylinder head program to our performance shop. This new addition, alongside our current engine R&D program, made for a very productive off season.”

McGaha and his 2017 Chevrolet Camaro or the “Silver Bullet” as it is referred to, struggled the later part of the 2018 season. During the off season, McGaha felt it best to part ways with Crew Chief Adam Horneberger and assume the crew chief responsibilities himself.

“We haven’t won a round since Denver (July 2018),” the Texas native said. “Stupid stuff happened and we experienced a huge disconnect in the team. My Father has always said, when a football team performs poorly and the team is not clicking, it’s time to part ways with the head coach. In this case Adam was the head coach.”

With new responsibilities, and new performance enhancements, Chris McGaha and the Silver Bullet will be the team to watch in 2019.

“We spent the last couple of days testing in Phoenix,” McGaha said. “I am very happy with the progress that we have made from our off season efforts and looking forward to showcasing them on the track come Friday. I am optimistic and think we made the right calls to change our track performance around!”

Chris McGaha and The Harlow Sammons Race team will begin their contention of the 2019 Pro Stock World Championship at this weekend’ s Lucas Oil Winternationals February 8-10, 2019 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. Qualifying will begin Friday with sessions at noon and 2:30pm PST, and continue Saturday with sessions at noon and 3:30pm PST. Eliminations will begin promptly at 11am PST on Sunday.

Television coverage can be found on Fox Sports 1 all weekend long beginning Friday with qualifying coverage at 6pm EST, and continue Saturday at 7pm EST. 3 hours of live elimination coverage will begin Sunday at 5pm EST.

For all of the latest news regarding Chris McGaha and Harlow Sammons Racing check out:

Twitter: @ChrisMcGahaPS

Instagram: @ChrisMcGahaPS

Facebook: @ChrisMcGahaPS

 

About Harlow Sammons: Harlow Sammons of Odessa, Texas specializes in manufacturing Power Swivel Units, Skid Mounted Pumps, Cementing Units, and Mud Pits, in addition to having a fully stocked Parts Department with replacement parts for all of the units they build, in addition to Hydraulic Hose, both new and repair.

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Chris McGaha Nabs Sixth Career Pro Stock Victory at NHRA Arizona Nationals

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Chris McGaha Nabs Sixth Career Pro Stock Victory at NHRA Arizona Nationals

 
PHOENIX, Ariz. (February 25, 2018) – Chris McGaha is starting his 2018 Pro Stock season with a bang. McGaha drove his Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro straight to the winner circle at the 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals after defeating Tanner Gray, Erica Enders, Alex Laughlin, and Jason Line.

 
In the first round, McGaha qualified the affectionately known Silver Bullet in the No. 7 spot and that granted him lane choice over Tanner Gray in the opening round of eliminations. McGaha was almost telepathic with his clutch foot when he had a .009-second reaction time over Gray and the Texas-native clocked in with a quick 6.553-second pass at 211.73 and turned on the win light over Gray’s troubled 6.642, 209.82. McGaha’s 211.71 mph was the fastest of the first session, showing the rest of the competition how serious Harlow Sammons horsepower can be.
 
Second round, McGaha chose his lane over Erica Enders. At the launch, McGaha held .026-seconds over Enders and he crossed the finish line with a 6.561, 211.93. His performance on the starting line was enough to ink a holeshot win over Enders’ 6.549, 210.14.
 
Reaching his first semifinals since the 2017 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro driver once again had lane choice over his competition. In the other lane was Alex Laughlin and McGaha once more proved why he was the driver to beat at Wild Horse Motorsports Park. His .016-second reaction time gave McGaha the starting line advantage and he turned on the win light with a 6.562, 211.83 and out powered Laughlin’s 6.574, 210.21.
 
The final round had McGaha experiencing a little déjà vu when he pulled up in the lanes against friend and competitor Jason Line. In a rematch of the 2016 NHRA Arizona Nationals, McGaha was ready to make the tally even and repay Line for defeating him two years ago. Akin to his performance the rest of the afternoon, McGaha was .007 on the tree and he saved his best performance of the weekend for last to nab Line’s ticket to the winner circle. McGaha clocked in with a 6.529, 211.59 to defeat Line’s 6.538, 210.14.

“When you race people like Jason [Line], you have to bring your ‘A-Game’ because he’s good at what he does,” McGaha said. “When my crew chief and my team give me a good car, it’s kind of like a field goal kicker. He sits there on the bench the whole time and then he has to come out and win the game, so it’s kind of like what you feel like as a driver – don’t mess it up because you’re the last guy.”
 
“This win is absolutely satisfying,” he laughed. “We’re the one little car from Odessa, Texas and we had some issues and we addressed them before the finals and I think that’s why we picked up. We can credit my crew chief Adam Hornberger for that; I just try not to mess it up.”
McGaha leaves the 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals in the No. 3 spot in the Pro Stock point standings.
 
“We picked up some power this winter that we’ve been lacking and looking for,” he added. “When we unloaded it and went No. 1 in the first session this weekend, we thought we might have something that could compete. It’s been a great weekend in my Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro and I can’t wait for Gainesville. I think we have a winning combination.”
 
CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
ELIMINATIONS
First Round: McGaha (6.553, 211.73) defeated Tanner Gray (6.642, 209.82)
Second Round: McGaha (6.561, 211.93) defeated Erica Enders (6.49, 210.14)
Semifinals: McGaha (6.562, 211.83) defeated Alex Laughlin (6.574, 210.21)
Finals: McGaha (6.529, 211.59) defeated Jason Line (6.538, 210.14)
 
PRO STOCK POINTS STANDINGS (2 of 24 events)

  1. Jason Line, 195
  2. Deric Kramer, 154
  3. Chris McGaha, 152
  4. Bo Butner, 149
  5. Alex Laughlin, 136
  6. Erica Enders, 134
  7. Greg Anderson, 119
  8. Drew Skillman, 117
  9. Vincent Nobile, 95
  10. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 84

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HARLOW SAMMONS’ CHRIS MCGAHA WINS FIRST U.S. NATIONALS OF PRO STOCK CAREER

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HARLOW SAMMONS’ CHRIS MCGAHA WINS FIRST U.S. NATIONALS OF PRO STOCK CAREER

CHRIS MCGAHA
HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
RACE REPORT: 62ND ANNUAL CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE US NATIONALS
LUCAS OIL RACEWAY AT INDIANAPOLIS
SEPTEMBER 2-5
 

HARLOW SAMMONS’ CHRIS MCGAHA WINS FIRST U.S. NATIONALS OF PRO STOCK CAREER

 
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 5, 2016) – What an incredible weekend for Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha. He raced his way straight to the winner circle at the 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in his Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro after defeating Matt Hartford, Curt Steinbach, Vincent Nobile and Allen Johnson on raceday.
 
Qualifying in the No. 9 spot, McGaha didn’t have lane choice but he knew he was going up to the line with a solid car and needed to do his job behind the wheel in order to advance into the next round. Blazing off the line, McGaha had a .021-second reaction time compared to his opponent Matt Hartford’s .048. That .027-second advantage plus his Harlow Sammons power was enough to drive all the way to the finish line and turn on the win light. McGaha clocked in with a 6.659-second pass at 207.75 mph.   
 
His first round elapsed time earned him lane choice over Curt Steinbach in the second round. McGaha took his 500 cubic-inch Chevrolet Camaro across the finish line with a 6.695, 206.61 and took the win over Steinbach’s 6.753, 203.65.
 
In his third semifinal round of his 2016 season, he knew he didn’t want his day at Indy to end there. That round, Vincent Nobile clocked in with his slowest pass of the weekend at 6.807, 206.99 and McGaha took advantage of his minor slip up and punched his ticket to the finals with a 6.705, 206.48.
 
Chris had made his way to the finals at Indy – the most prestigious race on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour and the only person standing between him and the Wally was Allen Johnson.  
 
Johnson and McGaha did their burnouts and tension started to heighten as they began to stage their cars. In just a matter of six and a half seconds, the winner of the U.S. Nationals would be crowned. As the tree came down, McGaha let off the clutch with a .020-second reaction time – giving him .024-seconds advantage over Johnson who came into this round with lane choice. McGaha hit every shift as he traveled down Lucas Oil Raceway and as they reached the finish line, McGaha could see the front end of his Chevrolet Camaro was ahead of Johnson. McGaha clocked in with a 6.688, 207.15 and edged out Johnson’s 6.715, 207.08 to take the win.
 
McGaha came into this weekend with no round wins at Indy and on his fifth anniversary of his Pro Stock debut here in 2011, he did what every racer in the NHRA dreams of doing: winning the Big Go.
 
““We have to keep up what we did today in the Countdown,” McGaha said. “If we do, we definitely have a shot at winning the Championship. We botched a lot of runs along the way this season and we shouldn’t be entering the Countdown in seventh but this win is a huge confidence booster. We just have to keep winning and we might just have a chance at the Championship.”
 
 
CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
Qualified: No. 9
ELIMINATIONS
First Round: MCGAHA (6.659-seconds, 207.75 mph) def. Matt Hartford (6.664, 206.64)
Second Round: MCGAHA (6.695, 206.61) def. Curt Steinbach (6.753, 203.65)
Semifinals: MCGAHA (6.705, 206.48) def. Vincent Nobile (6.807, 206.99)
Finals: MCGAHA (6.688, 207.15) def. Allen Johnson (6.715, 207.08)
QUALIFYING                                                 
FRIDAY: 6.668-second, 208.01 mph (Session 1);
SATURDAY: 6.647, 207.98 (Session 2); 6.637, 208.59 (Session 3)
SUNDAY: 6.624, 208.88 (Session 4); (Session 5)

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Chris McGaha Turning Corner as Western Swing Approaches

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Chris McGaha Turning Corner as Western Swing Approaches

CHRIS MCGAHA
HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
RACE PREVIEW: 37TH ANNUAL MOPAR MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS
BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY
JULY 22-24
 

Chris McGaha Turning Corner as Western Swing Approaches

 
ODESSA, Tex. (July 19, 2016) – The Western Swing is one of the most anticipated sections of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. In the 14th of 24 events in 2016, Chris McGaha has been working hard to get through some of the initial growing pains of becoming his own crew chief and it seems progress is finally being made as they head to the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals this weekend at Bandimere Speedway.
 
McGaha took over the reigns of his Pro Stock operation last month and has been working towards getting his first win of the 2016 season. With a few first round losses in June, McGaha has picked up confidence after they went to the second round at the last event in Chicago.
 
“I finally did it on my own,” McGaha said. “That was the first time I have ever won a round as a driver and crew chief. I told my team over the radio at the top end, ‘we did it’. I feel like Chicago was a bridge and we’re taking steps in the right direction. We qualified on our own, we lost a few rounds on our own and now we’re starting to win rounds on our own. It’s just a matter of time before we win a race on our own.”
 
In 2015, McGaha came one race short of running the table and coining himself as the second driver in Pro Stock history to “Sweep the Swing”.
 
“I’m excited to race the Western Swing this year,” he revealed. “What we’re hoping for is that we can repeat what we did last year; that’s what we’re gunning for. I want to use our momentum from last year and do it again. Hopefully this time we can do better in Denver and sweep it this time.”
 
Qualifying at the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals begins on Friday, July 22nd with two qualifying sessions at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. Qualifying continues on Saturday, July 23rd with two qualifying sessions at 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. Eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 24th.
 
 
CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
Last race, Chicago: Qualified No. 7, lost second round to Bo Butner.
Last year, Denver: Qualified No. 6, lost first round to Greg Anderson.
 
Fast Facts: Chris McGaha

  • Chris has been in six finals in his career, most recently in Phoenix 2016.
  • His three career Pro Stock wins came in 2015 (Sonoma, Seattle, Reading)
  • He almost “Swept the Western Swing” when he won Sonoma and Seattle back-to-back last year. A perfect “sweep” would be Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle. Only one driver in the history of Pro Stock has been able to conquer that feat.
  • Chris and his father Lester make all tuning calls on their Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro

Race Schedule for the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals:
Friday, July 22, two qualifying sessions at 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, two qualifying sessions at 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, eliminations begin at 11 a.m. with Top Fuel.
 
Television Schedule for the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals:
Saturday, July 23, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 11 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, July 24, FOX will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 3 p.m. (ET).
 
NHRA PRO STOCK POINT STANDINGS

  1. Jason Line           1472
  2. Greg Anderson    1392
  3. Bo Butner              898
  4. Allen Johnson       773
  5. Drew Skillman     717
  6. Vincent Nobile       666
  7. Shane Gray           619
  8. CHRIS MCGAHA 610
  9. Jeg Coughlin         580
  10. Alex Laughlin        530

 
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Harlow Sammons Racing’s Steve Hinojos Swept Up in Thrill of Pro Stock

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Harlow Sammons Racing’s Steve Hinojos Swept Up in Thrill of Pro Stock

Harlow Sammons Racing’s Steve Hinojos Swept Up in Thrill of Pro Stock

April 28, 2016

It started out so simple. Harlow Sammons Racing longtime crew member Steve Hinojos had been on course to attend Universal Technical Institute (UTI) to gain an education of a mechanical nature, but first his dad said he needed to get a job as he finished out the last two years of high school. The request was one that any father would make, but no one could have known quite how dramatically it would change the original plan.

The application process to UTI was already underway, and Hinojos was heading to the local grocery store to apply for a job as a bagger when his dad suggested another option.

McGaha and Hinojos in the Harlow Sammons Racing pit

“He said, ‘Before you do that, run by this shop,’ ” Hinojos said, recalling that fateful day back in 2000. “My dad told me he knew a guy named Lester who was looking for help, and he said, ‘I might be messing up by sending you there, but I think you’ll like it better than the grocery store.’ So I ran by there and talked to Lester, and then he offered to show me around and introduce me to Chris and everybody. Of course, as soon as we walk into the engine shop I see hot rods everywhere. It was a dream.”

Hinojos started right away as a shop hand, cleaning up and pitching in with whatever task needed to be addressed. He finished out his junior and senior years of high school working at Harlow Sammons in Odessa, Texas, as many hours as he could, and he established a great bond with Chris McGaha, Lester’s son. When the younger McGaha decided to make a move and race in NHRA’s ultra-competitive and complex Competition Eliminator category, he presented a new deal to his friend.

“Chris said, ‘It’s totally up to you, and I’m not forcing you into any kind of decision. But you can go off to school and do your thing, or I can show you everything I know to this point. It could be me and you, or you could go do that deal and maybe get some hands-on time with the 25 other guys there to learn. I’ll leave it up to you.’ So I thought about it long and hard, and my dad said that I should do whatever I wanted to do and he would support me, so I stayed,” said Hinojos. “Chris showed me a few things, we built a lot of motors over the years, and when they started Comp racing, I tagged along.”

When the business side of things ramped up for Harlow Sammons, Hinojos put his efforts where needed, but in 2012 McGaha came to him again. After getting a taste of Pro Stock with Richard Freeman’s Ride and Drive program in 2011, McGaha knew where he was headed – and he wanted to take Hinojos with him.

Hinojos on the starting line with Lester McGaha at the U.S. Nationals

“He said, ‘I have another life-changing decision for you to make,’ ” said Hinojos. “He told me he needed a full-time clutch guy for Pro Stock, but that I could share it with Lonnie, back at the shop, if I didn’t want to be with him all the time. I told him that if I was in, I would do it full-time because I wasn’t going to do it half-assed. He made the deal with David Nickens, we got the Dodge stuff all together, and we went to Houston for our first test. The rest is history.”

The climb was slow but steady as McGaha raced in 18 events in 2012 and 13 the following season before committing to a full-time program in 2014. That season, the team made the move from Dodge to Chevrolet with a purchase of equipment from former world champion and profoundly fast Mike Edwards. Those assets, combined with their growing experience in the factory hot rod category, gave them a fresh page on which to write their story. The team was like a sponge in 2014, in a constant state of education as their passion began to translate to success with a pair of low qualifier awards and their first top 10 finish.

It got even better in 2015, as McGaha and the Harlow Sammons Racing team, based out of their Southwest Performance & Machine engine shop in Odessa, collected two more No. 1 Qualifier awards before reaching their first final round in impressive fashion at the SpringNationals in Houston – at the very racetrack in their home state of Texas where they had their first test session as an independent team just a handful of years earlier.

Erica Enders won that day in Texas, and she beat McGaha again in his second career final – in Bristol that same season – but success would come fast and furious that summer. Hinojos was standing on the starting line in Sonoma when McGaha, the No. 1 qualifier, finally got the win light in a final-round battle with Jonathan Gray.

Hinojos and McGaha, sharing that hard-fought first win in Sonoma 2015

“I’ve always played at sports – but I’ve never really been any good at it or been part of a winning team. I was pretty used to last place, and it never really bothered me, but I’ve always had the desire to win. Who doesn’t want to win,” said Hinojos. “So when we got that first trophy there in Sonoma, it was intense. I’ve never been part of a winning team in any way, I’d never won anything before that day, and to finally see it happen…. Wow. That’s all I can say. Wow.”

The very next weekend, the team was No. 1 again and proved the win was no fluke as McGaha defeated Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the Seattle final. They finished the season with a victory in the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading to land a career best No. 4 in the Pro Stock championship points.

So far this year, McGaha and the team have established themselves as contenders. Twice this season, Hinojos has watched his friend and driver fly to the final round – at both Phoenix and the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte. McGaha and fellow Chevy Camaro campaigner Drew Skillman are the only drivers other than the Summit Racing-backed KB Racing team to have been able to accomplish the feat in the new era of Pro Stock with electronic fuel injection (EFI) and the 10,500 rev limiters in place.

An exciting future stands ahead for the Pro Stock category and for the Harlow Sammons Racing team, but the events of the past will likely always be a motivating factor.

“I’m happy with what we’ve already accomplished, but yeah, it would be great to win more,” said Hinojos. “No matter what, I will never forget that first win. To be part of that was awesome. It was really special.”

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Chris McGaha Welcomes Neuralog at NHRA SpringNationals

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Chris McGaha Welcomes Neuralog at NHRA SpringNationals

CHRIS MCGAHA
HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
RACE PREVIEW: 29TH ANNUAL NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS
ROYAL PURPLE RACEWAY
APRIL 29-MAY 1
 

Chris McGaha Welcomes Neuralog at NHRA SpringNationals

 
ODESSA, T.X. (April 26, 2016)Harlow Sammons Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha is taking his momentum from his final quad appearance at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals and hopes to continue that path all the way to the winner circle at 29th annual NHRA SpringNationals this weekend. Also, McGaha welcomes Neuralog, a well log digitizing software, to his team this weekend.
 
Neuralog is a company that provides services that capture, organize, and analyze oil and gas data. Neuralog provides industry-standard automated log and map digitizing software.
 
“In the oil industry, during the drilling process, they have to send down a probe that takes a picture of the formation underground and Neuralog has software that has a faster way of doing that,” said McGaha. “My cousin works there so that’s how this all came about.”
 
The Odessa, Texas-resident hopes his home-state advantage will work in his favor at Royal Purple Raceway.
 
“We’ve been racing at Houston since the early 1990’s,” said McGaha. “Last year was pretty good. Houston was the first time I DNQ’d and it was also the first place I went to the finals in Pro Stock. I’ve got a lot of memories there.”
 
Qualifying at the 29th annual NHRA SpringNationals will begin Friday, April 29 at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
 
To find out more about Neuralog, visit http://www.neuralog.com/.
 
 
CHRIS MCGAHA, HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
Last event, Charlotte 1: Qualified No. 8, lost in final quad to Jason Line
Last year, Houston: Qualified No. 7, lost in final round to Erica Enders
 
NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS EVENT SCHEDULE:
Friday, April 29, Qualifying at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, Qualifying at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, Eliminations at 11:00 a.m.
 
TELEVISION:      
Friday, April 29, FOX Sports 1 (FS1) will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 8 p.m. (ET).
Saturday, April 30, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at Midnight (ET).
Sunday, May 1, FS1 will televise three hours of finals coverage at 5 p.m. (ET).
 
 
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Chris McGaha Relaxed for Second Go-Round at K&N Horsepower Challenge

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Chris McGaha Relaxed for Second Go-Round at K&N Horsepower Challenge

CHRIS MCGAHA
HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO
EVENT PREVIEW: 17TH ANNAUL DENSO SPARK PLUGS NHRA NATIONALS
THE STRIP AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
APRIL 1-3

Chris McGaha Relaxed for Second Go-Round at K&N Horsepower Challenge

 
ODESSA, T.X. (March 29, 2016) – The fourth of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series brings Chris McGaha and his Harlow Sammons team to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In his second year in the K&N Horsepower Challenge, McGaha feels more relaxed and ready to perform now that he knows what’s to be expected.
 
McGaha propelled himself into the K&N Horsepower Challenge for the first time last season. In 2015, he was in the No. 6 slot for the shoot-out race and this year has jumped up to the No. 4 spot which will grant him lane choice over Drew Skillman in the first round of the bonus race.
 
“I’m excited because we qualified better than we did last year,” confessed McGaha. “It does help that this is my second year doing this race. You only get one shot a year to do this and getting a second opportunity to do it, I definitely think my mind will be at ease since I know what to expect.”
 
Eliminations for the K&N Horsepower Challenge will be on Saturday with first round at 1:00 p.m., the semifinals at 4:00 p.m. and the final round at 5:00 p.m.
 
After the K&N Horsepower Challenge is all said and done, the focus redirects back to the main event, the 17th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals. McGaha, who builds his own motors out of his shop in Odessa, Texas, has been the only driver to break up the KB-powered trio when he reached the final round in Phoenix last month.
 
“We know we have the power and even when you look at our incrementals past the 60 foot, we know we can hang with the top guys,” smiled McGaha. “We’re the only ones that have been able to hang with them. Our Harlow Sammons team didn’t have the best outing in Gainesville but this is a new race and we’ll approach it in a different manner and get back to where we were in Phoenix.”
 
 
NHRA MELLO YELLO PRO STOCK STANDINGS
DRIVER                                  POINTS   BEHIND
1. Jason Line                          337
2. Greg Anderson                   331            -6
3. Bo Butner                            233           -104
4. Drew Skillman                     205           -132
5. CHRIS MCGAHA               161            -176
6t. Jeg Coughlin                     160            -177
6t. Allen Johnson                    160            -177
8. Vincent Nobile                    138          -199
9. Alex Laughlin                      121            -216
10. Erica Enders                       97            -240          
 
 
17th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals
Event Schedule
 
Friday, April 1:             Qualifying sessions at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 2:        Qualifying sessions at 1:10 p.m. and 4:05 p.m., K&N Challenge at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 3:           Driver introductions at 11:15 a.m.; Final Eliminations begin at 12:00 p.m.
 
NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING ON FOX SPORTS
TELEVISION SCHEDULE: 
FRIDAY, April 1, FOX Sports 1 (FS1) will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 11 p.m.  (ET)
SATURDAY, April 2, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 9 p.m.  (ET)
SUNDAY, April 3, FS1 will televise three hours of LIVE finals coverage at 5 p.m. (ET) 

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