ENNIS, Texas – Robert Hight powered to the Funny Car win on Sunday during the 32nd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.
In a big day for John Force Racing, Brittany Force also drove to victory in the Top Fuel class, giving the team a sweep of the Nitro classes in Dallas.
Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also earned victories in their respective categories at the fourth of six playoff events during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
Hight raced to a 3.877-second pass at 332.34 mph in his AAA of Texas Chevrolet Camaro SS to defeat reigning world champion and category points leader Ron Capps’ 3.927 pass at 329.18 in his Napa Auto Parts Dodge R/T in the Funny Car final.
Sunday marked Hight’s fourth win of the season, 41st of his career, third at Texas Motorplex and second in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. He remains second in the points standings, with Capps leading by just 24 points.
“This was huge. A round win is worth 20 points but truthfully that final round win for us was 40 points,” said Hight, who was also the No. 1 qualifier at the event. “We were 44 back going into the final round and had we lost that’s 64. Winning brought it back to 24 which is a little over a round with two races left. That was a 40-point swing for us. That was big. We needed that one. We would have been pretty bummed leaving here over three rounds back.”
On his way to victory, Hight defeated Jim Campbell, Alexis DeJoria, who recently announced her retirement following the season, and Tim Wilkerson.
Capps took down Del Worsham, 16-time world champion John Force and teammate Jack Beckman.
Force piloted her Monster Energy dragster to a Texas Motorplex elapsed-time record of 3.681 at 326.87 mph to defeat Shawn Langdon and his Global Electronic Technology dragster’s 3.693 at 326.56 mph in the Top Fuel finals.
The victory, Brittany’s third of the season and sixth of her career, moves her into second in the points standings.
“It’s been quite a day. A lot needed to happen and it seemed to work in our favor,” Force said. “Really it was about us going rounds. We had Doug Kalitta and Steve Torrence, the two people in front of us in the standings. Everyone has been struggling trying to take them down. They’ve been killing it.”
“When we pulled up there I felt confident in us that we were going to turn those win lights on. That’s what we needed to do, we were able to do it and then we were able to take down Langdon and won the thing. This is a huge win. It’s a Countdown race. And we’re still climbing that ladder.”
Her route to victory included wins against Terry McMillen, Doug Kalitta and points leader Steve Torrence.
Torrence, an East Texas native and the No. 1 qualifier, raced Force in a back-up vehicle after his Capco Contractors dragster lost control after crossing the finish line in his quarterfinal win against Richie Crampton.
Langdon, who was racing in his first final round since his win at St. Louis in 2016, had round wins against Clay Millican, Terry Haddock and reigning world champion Antron Brown before falling to Force in the final.
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