Pomona, CA – Odessa’s Chris McGaha and son Mason made their return appearance to the National Hot Rod Association Finals this weekend at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.
The pair made it to the NHRA Big Dance last year, which was also the inaugural season for Mason. Chris is an eight-time champion while Mason is now a two-year veteran at the youthful age of 19.
In the qualifiers this weekend, Chris turned in a 6.620 at 208.10 mph in his first run. The second pass didn’t go as well. After his crew made a few adjustments to the 2021 Harlow Sammons ‘Silver Bullet’ Camaro, he ran a 6.617 at 207.18 mph in the third run to qualify as the eleventh seed.
Mason, driving a blue 2021 Harlow Sammons Camaro, recorded a 6.589 at 208.10 mph in his first pass. He followed that with a 6.593 at 209.49 mph. The younger McGaha earned the sixth seed following his qualifying runs that were slightly quicker than his dad’s time slips.
Both were set for placement in the Pro Stock ladder only to find out they would square off in the first round against each other. In the first round of elimination, Mason (6.586 / 208.39) edged out the elder McGaha to continue in the quest for the top spot.
In the Quarterfinal, Mason was knocked out by Dallas Glenn, who nailed a 0.001 reaction time off of the line. It would be the difference as McGaha logged an elapsed time of 6.610 at 209.04 mph, while Glenn ran a 6.615 ET at 207.59 mph.
Just as it had happened in the Semifinals of the Vegas Nationals two weeks prior, the battle ended with Glenn pulling out the win. He was eliminated by Kyle Koretsky in the next round.
The father-son team from Odessa can celebrate the successful season of racing as they both finished in the Top 10 of the final Pro Stock point standings. In addition to crowning Greg Anderson as top in Pro Stock, Steve Torrence took first in Top Fuel while Ron Capps won in Funny Car.
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NHRA Camping World Racing Series
|Pro Stock Standings (23 of 23 events)|
|6.||Troy Coughlin Jr.||2,393|
|3.||Bob Tasca III
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