Chris Perales Wins 1st 10.90 Index National Title
When the NHRDA decided that it was going to add a National Championship to the 10.90 Index class, Chris Perales of Floresville, Texas knew that he wanted the chance to lift the trophy. Perales has competed in the NHRDA for a few years and was really looking forward to fighting it out with the best racers in the class to see who would win the NHRDA 10.90 Index National Championship.
Announcer Scott Heaton Spoke with Perales in the Winners Circle:
At the season opener in Texas, Perales had a little bit of hiccup as he was only able to make it to the semi-finals. Chris and his team knew the National Championship was still in reach but they needed to improve at their next event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Perales rolled into the Oklahoma Diesel Nationals with one thing in mind. Win! He had the truck set on kill that weekend as he was the #1 qualifier with a 10.94 on the 10.90 index. In eliminations Chris took win light after win light as he navigated his way to final round where he was matched up with Tyler Shorter of Oklahoma City. Perales used his reaction time advantage to get the win and added valuable points to his total.
At the Midwest Truckin' Nationals in St. Louis, Missouri, it was another victory for Perales in the final round. But the victory was that much sweeter as he defeated fellow Texan and the points leader Ray Ross. With the victory Perales was able to close down the gap in the National Championship standings with Ross that would set up a massive battle at the NHRDA World Finals.
Not only was the coveted NHRDA World Championship up for grabs at the World Finals but also the first ever NHRDA 10.90 Index National Championship. Perales knew he needed a victory and needed Ray Ross to lose first round to even have a chance at the National Championship. The cards started to fall his way as Ross was defeated in the first round of eliminations and Perales now had the fate of the championship in his hands. Perales continued to win round by round making it all the way to the final round where he faced off with William Terry of Cedar City, Utah. It was a double breakout victory for Perales, giving him the NHRDA 10.90 Index World Championship and earning him the NHRDA National Championship at the same time.
After the event Perales talked with the NHRDA's Scott Heaton about the season, "The truck has been good all year, ran consistent and dependable. That's what got us here." Perales wanted to thank all the people that have supported his efforts throughout the season, BD Diesel, Haley Speed Innovations, All Out Diesel, racing partner Larry Brown, pit crew and of course his family. Perales will now look to tackle the hard task of trying to defend his championships in the coming NHRDA season.