Hight is Hot

Mustang Claims Houston Title

Larry Jewett - April 28, 2014 09:23 AM


Robert Hight's third Wally of the season builds up a points lead for the Mustang racer


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     Robert Hight claimed his series leading third Funny Car victory during the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.
     Hight’s Auto Club Ford Mustang is considered the hottest car in the Mello Yello Drag Racing series, appearing in his fifth straight Funny Car final. It was the thirteenth consecutive Funny Car final that featured a John Force Racing car.
     “I had high expectations coming into this weekend because I got my first win here,” said Hight, who won his 32nd career race. “[Crew chief] Mike Neff has owned this place, and we came here on kind of a roll after four straight finals. Dating back to Indianapolis, that’s 13 final rounds in a row for John Force Racing in Funny Car, and some of those have been John and me together in the final."
     Hight struggled during Friday’s qualifying session not completing a pass. The team rebounded and Hight’s car went on to be the quickest Funny Car in the last six rounds of competition.
     “It was like we didn’t show up on Friday,” Hight said. “It was horrible. We just totally missed it, but I never lost faith in my team. They showed confidence that we were going to get them tomorrow. On Saturday, we went out there and ran .07, .08, and then we went .07, .07, .07 before the final. Do you know how hard it is to do that in one of these cars? There are so many variables. It’s hard to make that many consistent runs in a row.”
     With the win, Hight expands his points lead to 122 over John Force Racing owner and teammate John Force, who exited early in Houston with a round one red light.