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Robert Hight secures eighth Funny Car pole of 2019 at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Auto Club Chevy Camaro driven by Robert Hight goes to No. 1 at NHRA Sonoma Nationals
27 Jul 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Robert Hight

Robert Hight qualified No. 1 for the second-straight race in his Auto Club Chevy Camaro Funny Car. The two-time Funny Car world champion is looking for his second-straight win at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals where he set the world speed record in the category two years ago. 

Hight went on to win his second world championship in 2017, so this is a track he has no shortage of fond memories at. He has been to every NHRA national event held at Sonoma Raceway, whether it be as a fan, crew member or driver. Hight is looking for his third win at the track; his first came against Gary Densham in 2008, 10 years before he earned his second against Ron Capps. 

"Qualifying is a big deal out here because I think Funny Car is the toughest class out here," said Hight. "It's been awhile since we made four good runs in qualifying, even though Jimmy Prock won't be completely happy with that last run that we made. I know that we don't have to, but I wouldn't be the least surprised if we run low elapsed time in the first round on Sunday. I have a lot of confidence coming in here; even though you can't use what you did last year as far as a combination goes, it does feel good mentally."

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The owner of the team he drives for, John Force, leads the sport in wins at Sonoma Raceway with eight. He’s still chasing win No. 150 and will do so out of the No. 8 position. That booked him a meeting with Tim Wilkerson in the first round. Wilkerson enters the race in the No. 10 position, though he is more than 100 points clear of 11th place racer Cruz Pedregon. 

Kalitta Motorsports driver Shawn Langdon qualified No. 2 in his Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry. That matches his best qualifying position of the season (second, Bristol). He reset a career-best elapsed time with a 3.875-second pass at 329.99-mph. The driver is looking for his second win of the season after capturing a victory at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. He reached the final in Epping two events ago but fell to Matt Hagan. 

Jack Beckman and Bob Tasca III qualified third and fourth, respectively, with identical elapsed times. Beckman earned the No. 3 qualifying position based on his superior speed and is looking for his first win of the 2019 season. Tasca has two wins in 2019 after struggling throughout the 2018 campaign. 

The first round of racing is set for 11 a.m. Pacific. You can catch all the racing live on NHRA.tv or by tuning into NHRA coverage on FOX at 2:30 p.m.