NHRA: Pro Stock’s McGaha files but loses protests vs. Coughlin Jr., Enders

Jeg Coughlin Jr.'s Pro Stock car, one of two that fellow driver Chris McGaha filed a protest against Friday. Photos courtesy NHRA.
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NHRA Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha has added incentive to win Sunday’s CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in suburban Seattle.

Like $2,000 worth of added incentive.

McGaha needs to try and make up the $2,000 he lost Friday after filing official protests against fellow Pro Stock competitors and former champions Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Erica Enders.

According to NHRA officials, McGaha filed protests against the two drivers, apparently believing that the engines in both Coughlin Jr.’s and Enders’ Chevrolet Camaros were outside of NHRA engine size regulations for cubic inches.

In other words, McGaha apparently felt his two rival drivers were piloting cars with engines that were oversized, and if so, potentially illegal.

NHRA regulations allow for drivers to file protests against other drivers, but that there’s a $1,000 filing fee for each protest. As a result, McGaha paid $2,000.

NHRA technical department officials tore down both Coughlin Jr.’s and Enders’ engines after Friday’s qualifying sessions and found both powerplants within tolerances and size, negating McGaha’s protests.