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2014 NHRA: Hight Looking To Make Noise At Ford Thunder Valley Nationals
Posted by: newsla on Jun 11, 2014 - 06:53 AM
2014 NHRA: Hight Looking To Make Noise At Ford Thunder Valley Nationals

With four wins to his credit in 2014 Robert Hight is looking to equal his best career win total of five with a second victory at the Ford Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals this weekend. In 2011 Hight recorded his first and only win at the historic track and it was in that same season that he picked up five national event wins. Unfortunately, his second NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championship eluded him at the end of the season.


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“Getting that win in Bristol was big. This is a race that I always wanted to win because there is so much history here. We won five times but finished third in the points at the end of the season in 2011. I want to dominate all season and win the championship,” said Hight.

Hight is well on his way to dominating in 2014. He has had a string of six consecutive final round appearances so far this season and only one first round loss. Over that stretch of six races he picked up four wins including three in a row. The Auto Club team has a commanding lead in the Mello Yello point standings but Hight and the rest of the team are not looking at the scoreboard they are focused on the finish line.

“We have gotten off to fast starts before but we didn’t finish. This season is all about focus and finishing strong. I have a great crew chief in Mike Neff along with the other JFR crew chiefs and we are racing smart. I have a lot of confidence and we are just racing as hard as the track allows us. We lost our final round streak in Englishtown but that just means we have to start another streak in Bristol,” said Hight, a 33-time national event winner.

The John Force Racing Funny Car trio led by Hight at the top of the points followed by 16-time Funny Car champion John Force in second place and a surging Courtney Force are all solidly in the Top Ten as well as locked into the prestigious Traxxas Nitro Shootout. Every year of Hight’s career he has won multiple national events and he has only not led the points at least one week of the season only one time in the past decade.

“I have had great equipment and great teams behind me since I started racing in 2005. You don’t win 33 times without a great team and I don’t take mine for granted. I know how hard they all work and as a former crew man I know how hard these cars are to work with. We all work together on this Auto Club team to do everything right so there are no fire drills and no panic. The focus we have as a team comes from being confident in the teammate beside you and that is one of the things that is great about JFR we are all one team working together,” said Hight.

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