Robert Hight claims 2019 SpringNationals Wally

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

AAA of Texas Funny Car pilot Robert Hight won the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals on Sunday. John Force Racing Team President defeated Mopar/Pennzoil sponsored Matt Hagan in the final round at Houston Raceway Park presented by Pennzoil in Baytown, Texas.

The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.941 at 310.84 mph to receive the Wally. The Christiansburg, Virginia native went 3.966 at 311.70 mph. 

Funny Car pilot Robert Hight racing on Sunday at the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals
Robert Hight racing on Sunday at the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals (Photo by the NHRA)

This is Hight’s third win of the season. Hagan and J.R. Todd have a win each. 

“I’m proud of [my team], never disbelieved in them,” Hight said. “That’s why we have three wins already this season because they’re so good. Down at the other end, they said, ‘How do you keep your team in check?’ Really, it’s the other way around. They keep me in check. I’ve never seen a more focused group of individuals. They keep their heads down, work hard, don’t do a lot of talking and we got the job done. 

“Brittany and I, this is the third time we’ve got to double-up. We seem to do really well together in these circumstances. It was really cool to be down there when she made the [turn off] and throw a bunch of Mello Yello on her car.” 

Besides winning in Houston, the John Force racing teammates also won Gainesville, Florida in 2016 and Dallas, Texas in 2017.

Prior to this final round, Hagan had a 17-12 advantage over Hight in previous events. However, team pilot were 3-3 against each other in final rounds. 

Hight had the starting line advantage. He used the groove to never trail during this win. 

He won by 0.0450 seconds, or approx. 21 feet. He now has 48 career wins. 

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