By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
AAA of Southern California Funny Car pilot Robert Hight is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. He went 3.858 at 334.65 mph at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
This is Hight’s eighth No. 1 qualifier of the season. In addition, this is Hight’s second straight No. 1 qualifier, as he was also the No. 1 qualifier at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway last weekend.
He was also the No. 1 qualifier at Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte 1, Gainesville, Phoenix, and Pomona 1.
“Being No. 1 is big,” Hight said. “It gives you some confidence and it shows we’re consistent. We’ve been in a lot of different conditions all year and to have eight No. 1 (qualifiers), it shows we have a combination for all different conditions. It was big for me today to make it down two runs because we’re going to be faced with the same conditions [Sunday]. I’ve done well here, set a couple records and that all gives you confidence, and that’s big.”
Hight will receive a bye in the first-round of eliminations with there being 15 Funny Cars.
Global Electronic Technology Funny Car pilot Shawn Langdon is the No. 2 qualifier. The Indianapolis, Indiana native went 3.875 at 329.99 mph.
Langdon will face Terry Haddock in the first-round of eliminations. The Temple, Texas native went 4.928 at 155.79 mph.
Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman is the No. 3 qualifier. The Norco, California native went 3.879 at 333.41 mph.
Beckman will face “The Surfer” Jeff Diehl in the first-round of eliminations. The Salinas, California native went 4.747 at 176.93 mph.
Auto Alert Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III is the No. 4 qualifier. The Cranston, Rhode Island native went 3.879 at 328.22 mph.
Tasca III will face Jim Campbell in the first-round of eliminations. The Huntington Beach, California native went 4.050 at 311.34 mph.
Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the No. 5 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 3.886 at 324.59 mph.
Johnson Jr. will face Cruz Pedregon in the first round of eliminations. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 4.024 at 315.64 mph.
The rest of the ladder looks like this:
6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.910, 325.77 mph vs. 11. J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.992, 319.29 mph
7. John Force, Camaro, 3.918, 327.90 mph vs. 10. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.968, 319.60 mph
8. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 3.940, 297.35 mph vs. 9. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.960, 321.19 mph