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Robert Hight embraces pressure at AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

28 Sep 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Robert Hight

Robert Hight will race at three AAA-sponsored events during the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, including the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis. That means there will be a lot of special appearances, speeches to give and questions about driving the Auto Club Chevy Camaro. 

No, he doesn't mind. No, there isn't any added pressure. 

"I actually like it," said Hight after driving his John Force Racing Chevy Camaro to pole on Friday. "Three of the six Countdown races are AAA events, they keep me hopping and it kind of gets easier because it makes your days go by quicker. You're not thinking about all the stuff that you should, you know? We we've done well at the AAA events so hopefully we can keep it up."

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Hight is the defending winner at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. He beat Tim Wilkerson in fiery fashion, something he's hoping to repeat in calmer form this weekend. 

"We got the win and I'm glad no one got hurt," said Hight. "You know, I knew I knew the thing was not happy. But I was racing Tim Wilkerson, you're leading the points and it's the final round. And I look over and you know, to the right lane I didn't see him so I had to just stay with it and it finally blew up. But you know, the biggest deal was that no one could tell me whether I won or not. And that hurt worse than a broken collarbone."

Rest assured, Hight got the win. He'll be looking for his first win since Sonoma in July - hopefully from pole position - on Sunday.