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Gainesville Funny Car Saturday results: Q4

Robert Hight collected his 63rd career No. 1 spot in Funny Car, wheeling his Auto Club Chevy to a 3.868 in the final session to reassert his dominance.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Robert Hight

Robert Hight collected his 63rd career No. 1 spot in Funny Car, wheeling his Auto Club Chevy to a 3.868 in the final session to reassert his dominance.

Hight and crew chiefs Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham earned bonus points in three of four sessions; their last session heroics stole the No. 1 spot from Tim Wilkerson, who had busted off an out-of-nowhere 3.875 after three previous four-second struggles.

The round concluded in dramatic fashion with Tommy Johnson Jr.’s Make A Wish Charger exploding before halftrack, sending the body sky high, while John Force, in the other lane, crossed the centerline behind him.

First-round matchups (lane choice first): Robert Hight vs. Terry Haddock; Tim Wilkerson vs. Dave Richards; Tommy Johnson Jr. vs. John Smith; John Force vs. Jim Campbell; Matt Hagan vs. Jonnie Lindberg; Jack Beckman vs. J.R. Todd; Cruz Pedregon vs. Shawn Langdon; Ron Capps vs. Bob Tasca III.

Final qualifying order

1Robert Hight3.868
2Tim Wilkerson3.875
3Tommy Johnson Jr3.896
4John Force3.897
5Matt Hagan3.900
6Jack Beckman3.900
7Cruz Pedregon3.910
8Ron Capps3.933
9Bob Tasca III3.953
10Shawn Langdon3.959
11J.R. Todd4.012
12Jonnie Lindberg4.016
13Jim Campbell4.017
14John Smith4.116
15Dave Richards4.294
16Terry Haddock4.410

[Q3 recap]