Funny Car racer Robert Hight was involved in an on-track incident during the final elimination round at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. Hight, the Mello Yello points leader, won the race against Tim Wilkerson and when the car crossed the finish line it suffered an engine explosion.
The car made contact with the retaining wall and came to a stop on the track. Hight exited the car and was alert as he spoke with Safety Safari officials. He was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.