By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Robert Hight won the NHRA Gatornationals on Sunday. He is taking home the special 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Wally back to California, where he resides.
The Yorba Linda, California native, who pilots the Auto Club of Southern California native, defeated Levi, Ray & Shoup Inc.’s Funny Car pilot Tim Wilkerson in the final round. Wilkerson had problems at the hit and coasted down the track.
Hight went 3.867 at 331.61 mph to get the win. Wilkerson went 11.165 at 92.63 mph.
“Qualifying No. 1 at the first three races is really impressive,” Hight said. “It shows that we have a really good handle on this car. We didn’t get the job done on the last day of the season last year and my team worked really hard because they don’t want to be in that spot again.”
Before this final round, Hight held a 27-20 advantage over Wilkerson in prior events. Hight had a 1-0 advantage over Wilkerson in previous final rounds.
This was the first-time in Gatornationals history that the No. 1 and No. 2 Funny Car qualifiers faced off in the final round. This is Hight’s fourth win at the track.
In addition, Hight now has 47 career wins. Plus, his crew chief Jimmy Prock earned his 80th win in his career.
Hight had the advantage off of the starting line and then flew down the track to get the win. Wilkerson clicked it off after smoking the tires.