By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
AAA of Southern California Funny Car pilot Robert Hight is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the 40th annual Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Hight went 3.976 at 326.16 mph during the final qualifying session.
This is his seventh No. 1 qualifier of the season. It is also his 67th No. 1 qualifier of his career.
John Force Racing has been the No. 1 qualifier at this event for the past six years. In addition, JFR has won four of the last five events at this event, including two straight.
Hight will attempt to win on the Mountain for the fifth time in his career.
“We came in here testing some stuff and the two runs (on Friday) we were testing stuff didn’t go well,” Hight said. “You have to throw that out, and I’m glad NHRA and the fans stuck this out so we could make another run. You don’t want to into raceday not getting down the track, so that was big for us. We’ve had a lot of good luck up here.”
Hight receives a bye in the first-round of eliminations. There are only 15 Funny Cars at this event.
Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the No. 2 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana went 3.978 at 317.72 mph.
Johnson Jr. will face “The Surfer” Jeff Diehl in the first-round of eliminations. The Salinas, California native went 5.799 at 125.72 mph.
Snap-On Tools Funny Car pilot Cruz Pedregon is the No. 3 qualifier. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 4.002 at 317.42 mph.
Pedregon will face Terry Haddock in the first-round of eliminations. The Temple, Texas native went 4.544 at 270.86 mph.
NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Ron Capps is the No. 4 qualifier. The Carlsbad, California native went 4.005 at 316.97 mph.
Capps will face Todd Simpson in the first-round of eliminations. The Ponder, Texas native went 4.520 at 239.14 mph.
PPG Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III is the No. 5 qualifier. The Hope, Rhode Island went 4.008 at 317.49 mph.
Tasca III will face Jim Campbell in the first-round of eliminations. The Huntington Beach, California native went 4.209 at 294.50 mph.
The rest of the ladder looked like this:
6. John Force, Camaro, 4.051, 305.70 mph vs. 11. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.101, 271.13 mph
7. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.054, 283.07 mph vs. 10. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.099, 308.92 mph
8. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.077, 311.20 mph vs. 9. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 4.092, 306.19 mph