NHRA ProStock driver Chris McGaha announced today that hehas acquiredadditional equipment to appropriately expand hisin-house programto a more competitive level in 2014. McGaha, ofOdessa, Texas,plans to run all 24 races in NHRA's MelloYello Drag RacingSeries in 2014 with his new HarlowSammons/Southwest Performance& Machine Chevrolet Camaro.
McGaha, aformer Competition Eliminator racer,graduated to theultra-competitive Pro Stock category in 2011 andhas been gunningfor his first win in the class ever since. His bestperformance todate was reaching the semifinals at the NHRAGatornationals inGainesville, Fla., in his rookie season, and hecurrently holds acareer best time of 6.515 at 212.59 mph.
“Ourplan for next season is the same as it was this year;we plan torace all 24 events, and if we can stay in the top 10,thenwe'll keep going,” said McGaha, who will selectivelyracethe circuit if he should fall out of NHRA's prestigioustop10.
The machinist and Vice PresidentofSouthwest Performance & Machine is certainly set up forsuccesswith his newly acquired equipment. McGaha says he was “inthe rightplace at the right time” when 2009 Pro Stock worldchampion MikeEdwards made the decision to sell his highlycompetitive operationin its entirety.
“Itstarted back at theBrainerd race last year, when we went over therewith theintentions of asking Mike if we could rent a motor,” saidMcGaha.”He told us no, but then he came over to talk to us at therace inLas Vegas, and then again after Pomona, and now here weare.”
In the transaction, McGaha acquired the2013Chevrolet Camaro that Edwards piloted last season – a car thatwasarguably the best in the class as Edwards earned 15 No. 1qualifierawards, qualified in the top half at all 24 events, wonsix racesin eight final rounds, and led the NHRA Pro Stock pointsfor 16races.
In additionto the exceptional Chevrolet Camaro, McGahaalso purchasedEdwards' truck and trailer and the contentsof his engineshop in North Carolina, including all of theengines,transmissions, rear ends, and components.
Theone thing McGaha had truly hoped to add to the packagewas Edwardsas crew chief. McGaha has long held a high level ofrespect for thedriver who has so far collected 42 national eventvictories acrossNHRA's sportsman and professionalcategories, and theirrelationship extends back to his sportsmanracing days whenEdwards, on two separate occasions, sold McGahacars to race inCompetition Eliminator.
“Ohbelieve me, I askedMike if he would be my crew chief,” said McGaha.”We tried ourhardest, but he wouldn't do it. He was reallynice aboutit, and his exact words to me were, 'If you wantto gotesting, just call me.' But no, he isn't goingtobe my crew chief.”
McGaha is currently intalkswith a few reputable crewmembers and potential crew chiefs inthePro Stock community to round out his growing operation, andhelooks forward to debuting his Harlow Sammons/SouthwestPerformance& Machine Chevrolet Camaro at the seasonopeningWinternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona inFebruary.Notably, McGaha ousted Edwards, who was then driving theCamaro forthe first time, in the opening act at the Winternationalsin2013.
“I can't wait to get outthere,but it's a little nerve-wracking because nowit'sall going to be up to me,” admitted McGaha. “Ibasically have thefastest Pro Stock car out there. Heck, Idon't know ifanybody has ever had the chance to dosomething quite like this.But here I am, right where I'vealways wanted to be:driving a Chevrolet Camaro with a real chanceof winning Pro Stockraces.”
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