Robert Hight Looking For Fourth Win At Baldimere Speedway
DENVER, CO -- Robert Hight has won at least two NHRA national events every year of his professional career which started in 2005. No other driver has started their career as successfully. During that rookie campaign Hight picked up his second career win at the Mopar Mile High Nationals and also took over the points lead. This year Hight won’t be able to grab the points lead with a Mile High Nationals win but he would be able to keep his multiple win streak alive. Entering the 37th annual Mile High NHRA Nationals Hight has career win No. 37 in the bank thanks to a dominating performance at the historic Gatornationals earlier this season.
“I would love to get a fourth win at the Mile High Nationals. This race is totally different than every race on the tour because we are almost 6,000 feet above sea level. I love racing here because you have to be on top of your game and I know these Auto Club crew guys and my crew chief Mike Neff will give me a great Camaro,” said Hight, who currently sits No. 6 in the Mello Yello Funny Car point standings.
Two years ago Hight won his third Mile High Nationals “Wally” taking out team leader and boss John Force in an all John Force Racing final round. In 2010 it was Force again coming up on the losing end of a great race to Hight. Hight’s rookie season he ran the table as the No. 1 qualifier taking out Jeff Arend, Tommy Johnson Jr., Gary Scelzi and finally Phil Burkart for his second career victory.
This year Hight has the Gatornationals win plus four additional semi-final finishes. The past two races have seen a resurgence of performance for Hight and the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team. Hight has raced to the semi-finals but at the end of both of those races the 2009 Funny Car champion felt they left something on the table.
“I don’t want to take anything away from any other team out there but I think we had the race car that could have won the past two events. We are figuring some things out on this new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car and Mike Neff has spent a lot of time working on a tune up that will take us through the end of the season,” said Hight. “Denver is a different race but I know we will be set up for some good performance numbers. John Force is the only Funny Car driver to sweep the Western Swing and I would definitely like to add my name to that list.”
The performance numbers Hight and the Auto Club team have been recording have been some of the most consistent in the category. The crewman turned Funny Car champion has also been lowering his career best elapsed time numbers throughout the season. His best elapsed time was a previously unthinkable 3.886 seconds at Norwalk and he has run in the 3.8s a number of other times this season. Overall the numbers the Funny Car category is recording have been nothing short of epic.
“The performance jump in the whole category has been amazing. We are running with the quickest cars in the category and we are getting quicker almost every race. It is exciting to drive this Camaro and I know it is exciting for the fans. It should make for some great highlights on FOX this weekend,” added Hight.
This weekend’s NHRA race will also be the first of three races in a row broadcast nationally live on FOX. Fans across the country will be able to see the exciting racing action from Bandimere Speedway live beginning at 3 p.m. ET.