By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
John Force Racing’s Funny Car drivers went 1-2-3 in qualifying. And Robert Hight picked up JFR’s second win of the season.
Hight in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro SS defeated Make-A-Wish Foundation pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final round of the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. This was the second straight final round for Johnson Jr. since his super sponsor Terry Chandler passed away on July 4.
Hight got the win with a 3.995 at 317.57 mph pass. Johnson Jr. went 4.099 at 297.16 mph.
“We definitely struggled through the first few rounds and we were lucky to get those round wins, but I have a great team, who figured things out and helped get me to the winner’s circle,” Hight said. “It’s definitely a long-time coming and we hadn’t had much luck, but today we had some luck and we hope this continues throughout the Western Swing.”
This is Hight’s first win of the season and snapped a 34-race winless streak. It’s his 38th career win – and marked the 13th straight year he has had at least one win per season.
Johnson Jr. has one win and a runner-up finish in this previous two final rounds this season. He’s 16-26 in his career in final rounds.
Hight lost his previous two final rounds this season. He now has a 38-22 career record in final rounds.
In previous events, Hight held a 15-11 advantage over Johnson Jr. Hight is now a perfect 3-0 against Johnson Jr. in the final round.
Hight had the starting line and he increased it over the rest of the track. He won by 0.1136 seconds, or approx. 50 feet.
With the win, Hight has also secured a spot in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout during the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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