By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
AAA of Southern California Funny Car pilot Robert Hight is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the seventh annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.844 at 326.16 mph.
This is Hight’s 60th No. 1 qualifier of his career. It is also his third of the 2018 season.
“We were pushing it,” Hight said. “We don’t get to run a lot of big numbers like that since the tracks just haven’t been there. You could see the numbers dropping with every pair that went down. To be honest, the thing that impressed me the most was running a 3.90 in the heat earlier today because that’s what we’re going to be racing with tomorrow.”
NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Ron Capps is the No. 2 qualifier. The Carlsbad, California native went 3.873 at 327.19 mph.
Advance Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Courtney Force is in the third position. The Yorba Linda, California native, who was the points leader going into eliminations last Sunday at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa., before being eliminated in the first-round to Mike Smith, went 3.881 at 331.04 mph.
Fellow Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the No. 4 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana went 3.896 at 327.11 mph.
Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca is currently in the fifth spot. The Cranston, Rhode Island native went 3.915 at 320.58 mph.
The rest of the field panned out like this:
|No. 6 Tim Wilkerson||3.924||325.53 mph|
|No. 7 J.R. Todd||3.928||323.66 mph|
|No. 8 Jack Beckman||3.929||326.00 mph|
|No. 9 John Force||3.934||327.11 mph|
|No. 10 Shawn Langdon||3.943||322.81 mph|
|No. 11 Matt Hagan||3.967||320.13 mph|
|No. 12 Jonnie Lindberg||3.996||315.71 mph|
|No. 13 Del Worsham||4.001||321.73 mph|
|No. 14 Jim Campbell||4.012||297.68 mph|
|No. 15 Cruz Pedregon||4.013||301.47 mph|
|No. 16 Dale Creasy Jr.||4.060||309.06 mph|
Terry Haddock was the lone Funny Car, who did not make the show. He qualified in the 17th position. Haddock went 4.093 at 287.90 mph.
Jack Wyatt also did not qualify after getting in the 18th position following a 4.189 at 296.18 mph pass.
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