By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Robert Hight has won the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals for the second straight year. This year, though, he picked up his 50th career win in Napa Valley.
Hight defeated Matt Hagan in the Funny Car final round at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.973 at 325.45 mph to win the Wally.
The Christiansburg, Virginia native went 4.030 at 316.60 mph in the losing effort.
“The first national event I ever attended was right here, and I never honestly dreamed I would get to drive a Funny Car,” said Hight, who now has three wins in Sonoma. “I still have to pinch myself. It’s hard to believe I’m at 50 (wins). Matt Hagan had the best car out there in the second and third round, and we had to step up in the final. We didn’t want to get outrun, and we really pushed in the final and got the win.”
Before this final round, Hagan held a 17-13 advantage over Hight in prior events. However, Hight had a 4-3 advantage in previous final rounds.
This was a side-by-side race from the start to the finish. Also, it was also a battle between the two mega teams, John Force Racing and Don Schumacher Racing.
Hight began the race with a small advantage over Hagan. He was able to keep that throughout the race and through the finish line.
The President of John Force Racing became the seventh driver to win from the No. 1 qualifier position. He also has five wins this season.
In addition, he received his 50th career win at this race. He won by 0.0661 seconds, or approx. 31 feet.