By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Reigning Funny Car champion Robert Hight won the 21st annual JEGS Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. The Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS pilot won for the first-time at this facility.
He defeated NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Ron Capps in the final round after Hight went 4.073 at 310.63 mph. This is Hight’s 42nd career win — and his first win of the 2018 season.
Capps went 4.310 at 230.21 mph, as the runner-up.
“It was a great weekend,” Hight said,” he said. “We qualified 12th, which isn’t where you want to qualify, but when you have a team like this behind you, you never lose faith and you always believe in them. I always thought Chicago might have my number.
“This is my 14th time here and I had never won this race, but we finally got it done today and that’s big. As a driver, you want to win at every venue you go to, and there’s not a better place than Chicago.”
Hight held a 32-28 advantage over Capps in previous rounds. He also had a 4-2 advantage over Capps in the final round.
Hight got the advantage off of the starting line first. However, Capps, the 2016 Funny Car Champion, was able to make up the ground, before he hazed the tires.
Once Capps hazed the tires, Hight pulled away for the win. The battle of California natives was won by 0.2456 seconds, or approx. 83 feet.
“It’s so nice to have our NAPA car back to where it was when we won the championship in 2016, and our eight wins last year,” Capps said. “I always brag about the NAPA Know How that Rahn Tobler has, and this weekend, I could tell we’re back to where the car is doing exactly what he wants it to.
“For me, that means it’s going to be a lot of fun because we’re going to win a lot of rounds this summer. We’re going to fight to get back up and get the point lead going into Indy. We’re back a little ways, but we’re making up ground. Great weekend for the NAPA AutoCare guys.”
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