Hight leads Friday at 2019 Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

AAA of Southern California Funny Car pilot Robert Hight is the provisional leader on Friday night in his class. The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.858 at 344.65 mph to claim the first day of the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, California.

In 2017, Hight set the track record at this facility. Also, last year, he won the event.

Funny Car pilot Robert Hight racing on Friday at the 2019 Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Robert Hight racing on Friday at the 2019 Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“You know you’re always in for a treat when you come to Sonoma Raceway because of the great atmospheric conditions,” said Hight. “We can always throw down here with the great conditions. This place holds the speed record for a reason. Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham did a great job and if this holds up it’ll be the eighth No. 1 qualifier of the season, so we really love these good conditions.”

Global Electronic Technology Funny Car pilot Shawn Langdon is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The Danville, Indiana native went 3.875 at 329.99 mph.

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Norco, California native went 3.879 at 333.41 mph.

Auto Alert Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III is the provisional No. 4 qualifier. The Cranston, Rhode Island native went 3.879 at 328.22 mph.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 3.886 at 324.59 mph.

The rest of the provisional field looks like this:

6) Matt Hagan 3.910/325.77 mph

7) Blake Alexander 3.940/297.35 mph

8) John Force 3.952/325.22 mph

9) Ron Capps 3.960/321.19 mph

10) J.R. Todd 4.009/302.20 mph

11) Jim Campbell 4.102/304.87 mph

12) Tim Wilkerson 4.325/214.52 mph

13) Terry Haddock 4.928/155.79 mph

14) Cruz Pedregon 5.080/147.96 mph

15) Jeff Diehl 5.332/138.91 mph

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