Pro Stock racer Chris McGaha learned a long time ago not to take anything for granted in drag racing, even his safety at the end of a 200 mile per hour run.
McGaha and fellow Pro Stock racer Alan Prusienski nearly became a carbon copy of the infamous 2005 incident where Bruce Allen turned in front of Kenny Koretsky, causing a hideous collision at the 2005 NHRA FallNationals in Dallas, Tex. On FFriday evening at the NHRA Carolina Nationals, McGaha was able to avoid the out of control Prusienski, who exited the car under his own power but was transported to a local hospital.
“That’s not what you expect in the shutdown area when you already have the chutes out, somebody comes flying around you and come in front of you and hit the wall,” McGaha admitted. “Yeah, that was definitely interesting.”
McGaha found himself in disbelief that he was witnessing what was happening in front of him.
“I just went into, ‘okay, I got to get out of the way,’ mode,” McGaha admitted. “Then I was kind of anticipating he was going to ricochet off the wall. So I thought the best move for me is to stop, and I probably should have started to stop even sooner because I had to drive through a minefield of parts.”
The only damage to McGaha’s Camaro was four tires, and his team has yet to find anything else.
McGaha admits afterward he had visions of the Koretsky-Allen crash applied to this incident. In that incident, Koretsky drove through Allen’s car as it was turned up on its side.
“When I watched it on TV, yes, I saw how close it came to being the same thing,” McGaha admitted. “At the time and sitting in the car, I didn’t realize it was quite that way. But after I watched it on TV, that’s the first thing I thought of.”