Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Hight holds off the first TSR Nitro Wally to win NHRA Arizona Nationals

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Auto Club of Southern California sponsored driver Robert Hight has begun the season on a hot streak. He has won the past two races to kick off the season.

Hight won the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by last weekend. He won the NHRA Arizona Nationals this weekend.

Auto Club of Southern California sponsored driver Robert Hight celebrates with the Wally after winning the NHRA Arizona Nationals
Robert Hight celebrates with the Wally after winning the NHRA Arizona Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The John Force Racing President defeated No. 1 qualifier Matt Hagan in the final round at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona. He went 3.837 at 330.39 mph to get the win.

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Hagan, the Tony Stewart Racing driver, went 4.045 at 267.00 mph. Stewart will have to wait another race weekend to pick up his first win in the NHRA.

“We’ve got a lot of great guys on this team, and it was such a team effort,” said Hight, who picked up his third Phoenix win with his triumph on Sunday. “(Crew chief) Jimmy Prock, Chris Cunningham and all these guys worked hard all winter and it’s all coming together. It’s so hard to win one of these, much less two in a row. In this day and age, that’s amazing and it’s a big win for this team. We made seven runs in the 3.80s this weekend (including qualifying), so that’s pretty impressive.

“I’m very fortunate to get to drive this car. This is what you dream about, but it’s not going to get any easier with so many great drivers in this class.”

Before this final round, Hagan held a 19-18 advantage over Hight in prior events. However, Hight held a 6-3 advantage in previous final rounds.

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The No. 1 and No. 2 qualifiers met in the final round. This was just the seventh time that the No. 1 and No. 2 qualifiers at this event met in the final round. The last time this happened was in 2009.

Hight won by 0.1924 seconds. He won by approximately 75 feet.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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