By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Auto Club of Southern California sponsored Robert Hight has been the No. 1 qualifier for the first three Funny Car events of the 2019 season. That streak continued on Saturday at the 2019 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida.
Hight went 3.868 at 331.12 mph in his Chevy Camaro. This is his third No. 1 qualifier at this facility.
“It’s pretty amazing and a lot of hard work,” Hight said. “We had a chance to win a championship last year and didn’t get it done. It didn’t sit well with my team and they worked hard at getting this thing prepared and figuring out what our weaknesses were. Qualifying is over and now we’ve got a race to win.”
The Yorba Linda, California native will face Terry Haddock in the first-round of eliminations on Sunday.
Levi, Ray & Shoup Inc.’s Tim Wilkerson is the No. 2 qualifier. The Springfield, Illinois native went 3.875 at 327.27 mph in his Ford Mustang.
Wilkerson will face Dave Richards in the first-round of eliminations.
Make-A-Wish Foundation sponsored Tommy Johnson Jr. – who grenaded a Funny Car body in the fourth qualifying session – is the No. 3 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 3.896 at 324.75 mph.
Johnson Jr. will face John Smith in the first-round of eliminations.
Living legend John Force is the No. 4 qualifier. The Yorba Linda, California native – who has a lifetime deal with PEAK Antifreeze – went 3.897 at 331.94 mph.
Force will face Jim Campbell in the first-round of eliminations.
Mopar sponsored Matt Hagan is the No. 5 qualifier. The Christiansburg, Virginia native went 3.900 at 325.85 mph.
will face Jonnie Lindberg in the first-round of eliminations. This is
Lindberg’s first race of the season.
Here is how the rest of the Funny Car ladder looks like:
6. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.900, 323.74 vs. 11. J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 4.012, 316.82
7. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 3.910, 325.30 vs. 10. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.959, 325.06
8. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.933, 318.77 vs. 9. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.953, 316.67