Robert Hight earned his fourth win at Auto Club Raceway, defeating Jack Beckman by .007 second. He did it with a holeshot as he left on Beckman by .008. His Auto Club Funny Car was slower by .001, but he managed to get his 46th win anyway. Hight runnered up in Pomona to start the 2018 season, but the Southern California got the job done against a Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car to kick off the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
Beckman has nothing to hang his head about. He cut a .062 light and hung with Hight all the way to the eighth-mile, but then the John Force Racing Funny Car pulled away. Beckman last won in Brainerd, seven events ago. He will enter the next event (Phoenix) second in the points. That’s not a bad way to kick off the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.