NHRA Action

Mustangs Representing Well

Larry Jewett - April 03, 2014 10:36 AM


Courtney Force set a new track record at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 


Ford Mustang racer Robert Hight has a win at Gainesville and two runner-up finishes to lead the Funny Car points


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The 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has featured four exciting events through the early part of the season, but the next stop is like no other. It’s the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals, helkd at the unique ZMax Dragway near Charlotte, North Carolina. The track features four lanes of racing, rather than the two seen at most strips in the United States.
 The timing for this event could not have been better for Mustang fans. The track is practically adjacent to Charlotte Motor Speedway, which will be the site of one of the Mustang 50th anniversary celebrations that will begin just days after the NHRA event. In a time of celebrating the Mustang, there have been plenty of reasons to celebrate Mustang’s success in the NHRA.
 At the last event, held at The Strip at Las Vegas Speedway (which is hosting the other Mustang anniversary celebration), Mustang could not grace the winner’s circle, but the effort represented another solid building block for the year.
 In Funny Car competition, a new track record was set when Courtney Force guided her Traxxas Mustang to a 4.006 elapsed time at 325.37 miles per hour. The speed was more than seven miles per hour faster than anyone else in the hunt. It was the fourth time that Courtney Force and her father, John Force, logged in as the 1-2 qualifiers, but it marked the first time Courtney had the better time in the 1-2 pairing.
 The qualifying efforts did not carry over for the Force family as John was eliminated in the first round and Courtney fell out in the second round. Meanwhile, another member of Team Mustang was marching through the field en route to his third consecutive final round appearance.
 Robert Hight, winner of the NHRA’s Gainesville (Florida) event, was successful in getting to the final round match-up, facing a familiar foe in Alexis DeJoria. The two had met earlier this season at Wild Horse Pass in Arizona with DeJoria claiming the win. Hight’s attempt to even the record fell short as DeJoria claimed the Wally for the second time.
 The opponent may have won the battle, but Hight’s runs have put him in position to win the war, the season championship. Hight has a nine-point lead in the standings over John Force. Ford has four drivers in the Top 10 in the early party of the season.