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2014 NHRA: Hight On Cusp Of 300th Round Win As Tour Heads To Atlanta
Posted by: newsla on May 14, 2014 - 06:42 AM
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2014 NHRA: Hight On Cusp Of 300th Round Win As Tour Heads To Atlanta


With five final rounds in a row and back to back wins Mello Yello points leader Robert Hight is not losing his focus as his Auto Club team heads to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals this weekend at Atlanta Dragway. Hight and the Auto Club team have reached the finals in the Peach State five times in his career driving away with two wins most recently in 2010.

 

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“Atlanta Dragway is a track where I have had a lot of success. The first three years of my career I was in the final there. We are starting to get to some of the tracks where it can be hot and tricky. Those are great Mike Neff conditions. He does a tremendous job of tuning a Funny Car to get the most out of the available track conditions,” said Hight a three-time winner already in 2014.

Hight currently has 299 career round wins. His next round win will vault him into an exclusive club of active Funny Car drivers and continue his potential Hall of Fame career. Currently only six active drivers have won 300 rounds with Tim Wilkerson as the latest edition with is opening round win at the Four-Wide Nationals this season. If Hight grabs a round win this weekend he will have taken just 215 races to achieve this goal. Funny Car legend John Force won his 300th round in his 186th race and two-time Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon won his 300th in this 192nd race. Other members of the 300 round win club include Cruz Pedregon, Ron Capps, and Del Worsham.

At the last race in Houston Hight and the Auto Club team struggled on Friday before ticking off six consecutive 4.0 runs on the way to his second win in a row of the season. It was an impressive display of consistency and Hight’s level of confidence never waned throughout the day on Sunday.

“I have so much confidence in Neff and my crew guys. They never panic and there are no fire drills over here. If something isn’t right we get it fixed and we don’t lose our focus. Every race is important but we are all thinking about getting another championship,” said Hight.

The 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals starts a seven race in eight weekend stretch for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. That kind of intense schedule might be daunting to some teams and drivers but Hight relished the up tempo pace.

“I would race every weekend if I could. We have had a couple weekends off and I am ready to get back into this Auto Club Ford Mustang Funny Car. When you are going rounds and getting to finals you don’t ever want to stop. The best way to stay focused is to race and I am excited to get to the track and start qualifying on Friday,” said Hight.

So far this season John Force Racing has been the class of the Funny Car category sending a driver to every final round and picking up four wins in the first six races. Joining JFR in the Funny Car winner’s circle has been Alexis DeJoria with two wins. JFR has put a Mustang Funny Car in every final round going back to the Chevrolet Performance Parts US Nationals last Labor Day weekend. That kind of streak and consistency is not lost on Hight.

“We don’t talk about keeping streaks alive. We just want to keep getting better. John Force has everyone on the same page. His Funny Car has been running well and I know Courtney and the Traxxas Funny Car are just about to turn the corner. We are all working together to keep all the JFR Funny Cars in the top ten and get them all into the Traxxas Shootout with wins. This part of the season is where it will get intense because of the schedule and also the track conditions. I think we will be alright,” added Hight.


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