By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
For the second straight year, Cornwell Tools Funny Car driver Robert Hight has kicked off the NHRA Countdown to the Championship with a win. In the final round, he defeated Bond-Coat, Inc. Funny Car driver Chad Green at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
The California native went 3.854 at 330.39 mph to get the win at the 38th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals. The Texan went 3.928 at 327.27 mph.
“This car is running good at the right time and we did exactly what we needed to do today,” Hight said. “But we have to stay focused on the task at hand. We learned a lot of things, but we have to keep working and keep our heads down because it’s not going to get any easier. You’re probably going to have to win three, maybe four times in the Countdown to win a championship, so we can’t get too carried away yet. It was a job well done by this team this weekend and we’re excited about that, but it takes major work to win a championship.
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“That race against Hagan, when it’s that close, it can go in either direction. You’ve got to be mentally prepared and ready against all these guys. We’re thrilled to win and we can use it as a confidence-builder, but we have to continue to work hard.”
Due to inclement weather, the semifinal and final rounds were moved to Monday.
Before this final round meeting, Hight held a 3-2 advantage against Green. However, this was the first time the two drivers battled in the final round.
Green advanced to his second final-round race this season. J.R. Todd defeated Green
at the Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals on July 30th.
The John Force Racing President, Hight, has gone to four final rounds this season.
Hight was quicker off the starting line, with a 0.057 reaction time. Green was a 0.071.
As the two cars were going down the track, Hight never trailed on his way to the finish line.
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With the win, Hight has now won his third Wally of the season. In addition, it is the 64th Wally of his career.
Hight has claimed the Reading national event three times in his career. He also won in 2011 and 2022.
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