By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Auto Club of Southern California Funny Car pilot Robert Hight is the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday night at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida. Hight went 3.928 at 305.15 mph for the provisional lead.
He is looking for his third straight No. 1 qualifier of the season. If he gets that on Saturday, he will be the only pilot to be the Funny Car qualifier through three events.
“Honestly when I made that run, I said it would be top five,” Hight said. “I really thought someone would run in the .80’s and run better. There’s more left in it, Conditions are going to get better tomorrow.”
Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane sponsored pilot Bob Tasca III is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The Hope, Rhode Island native went 3.953 at 316.67 mph.
NAPA Auto Parts sponsored pilot Ron Capps is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Carlsbad, California native went 3.965 at 308.14 mph.
Global Electronic Technology sponsored pilot Shawn Langdon is the provisional No. 4 qualifier. He went 3.979 at 319.37 mph.
Make-A-Wish Foundation sponsored pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. He went 3.985 at 322.58 mph.
Here is how the rest of the provisional field panned out:
6. John Force, Camaro, 3.995, 314.68
7. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.007, 317.05
8. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.012, 316.82
9. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.018, 308.14
10. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.019, 285.95
11. John Smith, Charger, 4.116, 275.28
12. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.172, 293.54
13. Dave Richards, Mustang, 4.294, 243.94
14. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 4.410, 232.67
15. Jonnie Lindberg, Mustang, 4.836, 167.22
16. Jack Beckman, Charger, 5.075, 147.46
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