By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Two weeks ago, Robert Hight won at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, Illinois and did not get the chance to celebrate the win with his team. Why? He was involved in an explosion and crash that sent him to the hospital.
Hight was able to win again at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex on Sunday in Ennis, Texas. He defeated DHL Funny Car pilot J.R. Todd in the final round.
Hight went 3.955 at 325.69 mph to win the Wally and the Cowboy Hat. Todd, in his runner-up effort, went 3.984 at 319.52 mph.
“This AAA team was just flawless,” Hight said. “We just got better all weekend as we went. I promise you that we will celebrate tonight because we’re going to make up for the last one. That was one of the biggest rounds I’ve ever raced right there. J.R. Todd is No. 2 in points, he was 30 behind me going into the final and had I lost I’d be 10 ahead; which isn’t much. Luckily we get to do it again next week.”
Hight held a 4-3 advantage over Todd in prior events before Sunday’s showdown. Todd had a 1-0 final round win over Hight prior to the California native evening it up.
The AAA “Don’t Text and Drive” pilot had the starting line advantage. He was then able to pull away from Todd of the course of the rest of the race.
Todd was able to make it close at the 330-foot mark, but Hight just pulled away. He won by 0.0453 seconds, or approx. 21 feet.
Hight has now won for the fourth-time this season. This is also his 45th career win. He also now has four Wally’s from the Texas Motorplex.
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