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Hight rockets to a national speed record

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Robert Hight is the provisional No. 1 qualifier in the Funny Car category following Friday’s sessions at the 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Hight went blistering down the track, as he set a national speed record with a 3.807 at 339.87 mph pass.

Hight secured the record in his second pass in his Auto Club of Southern California/California Highway Patrol Chevy Camaro. He comes into this race after snapping a 34-race winless streak at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals last weekend at Bandimere Speedway.

Robert Hight (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

Robert Hight (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

“When you have Jimmy Prock, as your crew chief, he tries to get everything he can out of that race track,” Hight said. “It’s the coolest noise when you hear that nitro engine running up that kind of RPM; it’s music to your ears.

“These things will run 340 mph, we know they can do it. Man, it came so close [Friday night]. It’s still the fastest ever in the history of the NHRA — that’s pretty cool. This sing was singing down there. … 340, that’s kind of the magic number. When you can say you ran the fasted speed in NHRA history, that’s pretty awesome. And Sonoma Raceway can say it happened here.”

Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T pilot Jack Beckman is presently second following his 3.854 at 328.70 mph pass. Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro pilot Courtney Force – also Hight’s John Force Racing teammate – is the provisional No. 3 qualifier with a 3.889 at 327.03 mph.

Living legend and 16-time World Champion John Force is presently fourth in his Peak Antifreeze Chevy Camaro with a 3.902 at 329.91 mph. Matt Hagan, the driver of the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger, is the provisional No. 5 qualifier with a 3.904 at 330.39 mph.

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