Hight claims first win in two months at 2019 Heartland Nationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Robert Hight is back to his winning ways from earlier in the season. The AAA of Southern California pilot had not won in two months before winning on Sunday.

Hight defeated the Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman in the Funny Car final round at the 31st annual Menard’s NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas. This is Hight’s fourth win of the season.

Funny Car pilot Robert Hight racing on Saturday at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Robert Hight racing on Saturday at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.895 at 330.88 mph for the win. The Norco, California native went 3.969 at 323.97 mph in the losing effort.

Before this win on Sunday, Hight’s last win came at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park presented by Pennzoil in Baytown, Texas on April 14. He also won the prestigious 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida on March 17.

Hight also won the season-opener at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com on Feb. 11.

Before this final round, Hight held a 24-18 advantage over Beckman in previous events. Hight also had an 8-3 advantage over Beckman in previous final rounds.

Beckman had the starting line advantage over Hight. However, the John Force Racing President was able to erase that lead by the 150-foot mark.

Hight never trailed once getting the lead. The California native had the lowest E.T. of the event in this round for the win.

He won by 0.0384 or approx. 18 feet. This is Hight’s 49th career Wally.

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