By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Auto Club of Southern California Funny Car Chevy Camaro pilot Robert Hight is the No. 1 qualifier at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn. Hight, who has the quickest pass in Funny Car history, set an elapsed-time national record with a 3.793 at 338.00 mph.
This is his third consecutive No. 1 qualifier — and the fifth of the season. It’s his 54th of his career, but the first-time he’s been the No. 1 qualifier at Brainerd International Raceway.
In the first-round of eliminations on Sunday, he’ll face Dale Creasy Jr.
“We smoked the tires in Q3 for the first-time in 11 runs, that’s impressive,” Hight said. “I think sometimes it’s a good thing to push a little on Saturday, so you know your limitations for Sunday. We need to make four good runs here tomorrow and get back to the winners circle. First-round is going to be killer, the track will still be cool and you’ll see 3.80s in Funny Car.”
Pennzoil Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan qualified second with a 3.807 at 336.57 mph in his Dodge Charger R/T. He’ll face Snap-On Tools Funny Car pilot Cruz Pedregon in the first-round after he went 4.118 at 297.29 mph.
Living legend and 16-time World Champion John Force went 3.852 at 334.15 in his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevy Camaro. He’ll face 7-Eleven, Hubert’s Lemonade, Oberto Beef Jerky Funny Car pilot Jim Campbell after the second-year driver went 4.079 at 306.88 mph pass.
Advance Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Courtney Force qualified fourth with her 3.863 at 335.98 mph pass. She’ll face Lucas Oil-sponsored Funny Car pilot Del Worsham in the first-round after he went 3.989 at 323.27 in his Toyota Camry.
Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. qualified fifth with a 3.880 at 330.96 in his Dodge Charger. He’ll face rookie Head Racing Funny Car pilot Jonnie Lindberg, who went 3.962 at 326.63 mph.
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