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2014 NHRA: Focus On Consistency For Hight Heading Into New England Nationals
Posted by: newsla on Jun 18, 2014 - 02:05 PM
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2014 NHRA: Focus On Consistency For Hight Heading Into New England Nationals


On the heels of a tough outing last weekend at the Ford Thunder Valley Nationals Mello Yello Funny Car points leader Robert Hight and the Auto Club team are looking to get back to early season form at the 2nd annual New England Nationals. With four wins to his credit already in 2014 Hight wants to add a fifth win and extend his points lead.

 

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“Last year we lost in the first round in Epping. I don’t want a repeat of that this season. We went to six straight finals earlier this season and I know we can get back to that kind of consistency with one good weekend,” said Hight.

Last year Hight and the Auto Club team qualified No. 5 before being upset in the first round by veteran Del Worsham and the DHL Funny Car from Kalitta Racing. His JFR teammates went on to battle it out in the final round with sister-in-law Courtney Force earning the win over 16-time Funny Car champion John Force. Hight would like to make this year’s final an all JFR affair again.
“it is always fun when you can race your teammate in the final round of a race. It takes all the pressure off and you can just go up there and let it all hang out. We had a pretty good streak of final round appearances for the team snapped a few races ago so I would like to get that streak going again. It is tough to win in this category so we know our work will be cut out for us,” said Hight, the 2009 Funny Car champion.

John Force Racing had a streak of fifteen races with at least one JFR Funny Car in the final broken in Englishtown. For Hight his road to a second Funny Car championship will be an uphill battle. He has had a string of six consecutive final round appearances so far this season and only two first round losses. 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,” 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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