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Hight gets win despite explosion

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

AAA’s “Don’t Text and Drive” Funny Car Pilot Robert Hight may have won on Sunday. But the concern was with his health afterwards.

Following his win over Tim Wilkerson, Hight lost a few cylinders and crashed into the wall shortly after crossing the finish line. After a few minutes, he was able to get out of his Funny Car.

Robert Hight racing on Sunday at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

He was taken to a local hospital to evaluation. According to John Force Racing, he is expected to leave the hospital this evening.

Hight went 4.036 at 276.29 mph for the win. Wilkerson, the Levi, Ray, and Shoup Inc.’s Funny Car Pilot, went 4.413 at 201.91 mph.

“First, we are happy Robert is okay. He went to a local hospital to be checked out and after being x-rayed and evaluated he was schedule to be released tonight. I’m glad Robert has the points lead and now we are going to rest and get ready for Dallas,” JFR team owner John Force said.

In prior events, Hight had a 25-20 advantage over Wilkerson. However, this was the first-time they faced each other in the final round.

The Yorba Linda, California native had the lead from the starting line. He then started to pull away from Wilkerson.

The Springfield, Illinois native gazed his tired around the 330-foot mark. He then got off the throttle and coasted down the track.

Hight — not aware what happened with Wilkerson — lost two cylinders and kept on the throttle. Around the 800-foot mark, his car exploded.

Due to the impact of the explosion, the “Don’t Text and Drive” body — which they planned to use for the first four races of the Countdown to the Championship — flew off and fire was seen going in Hight’s face and behind him. He crashed into the wall before stopping after the finish line.

Following a delay, Hight was able to get out of his car on his own power. He then went into an ambulance and transported to a local hospital.

This was Hight’s third win of the season. In addition, it was his 44th career Wally.


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