By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Auto Club of Southern California Funny Car pilot Robert Hight is the only No. 1 qualifier thus far in the two event 2019 NHRA season. He claimed his second straight No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.
Hight claimed the No. 1 qualifier with a 3.867 at 329.91 mph pass in his qualifying session.
“That was a fun run,” Hight stated. “I had my hands a little full at the other end since I was late with the chutes because I had to keep it off the wall. It was exciting from the step of the gas all the way to the end of the finish line. Jimmy Prock (crew chief) and Chris Cunningham (crew chief) have a really good handle on these cool and tricky conditions.”
Hight will face Jeff Diehl in the first-round of eliminations.
Sandvik Coromant/Mopar-sponsored Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan is the No. 2 qualifier after he went 3.881 at 323.43 mph. He will face Phil Burkhart Jr. in the first-round of eliminations.
Levi, Ray & Shoup Inc. Funny Car pilot Tim Wilkerson is the No. 3 qualifier after he went 3.885 at 325.92 mph. He will face Jack Beckman in the first-round of eliminations.
Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the No. 4 qualifier after he went 3.911 at 326.95 mph. He will face Jim Campbell in the first-round of eliminations.
Reigning 2018 Funny Car Champion J.R. Todd is qualified fifth in his DHL Funny Car after he went 3.911 at 321.35 mph. He will face Terry Haddock in the first-round of eliminations.
Other first-round matchups:
6. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.933, 322.81 vs. 11. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.035, 270.54
7. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.940, 325.30 vs. 10. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 3.960, 326.32
8. John Force, Camaro, 3.950, 321.27 vs. 9. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.951, 315.49
One Funny Car did not make the show. That was Gary Densham, who qualified 17th in a 16-car field, with a 7.886 at 85.05 mph.
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