Denver: Robert Hight preview

HIGHT AND PROCK LOOK TO REVISIT DENVER DOMINANCE DENVER, CO --- With just two races to go before the Countdown to 1 begins 2009 Full Throttle Funny Car champion Robert Hight and his crew chief Jimmy Prock want to begin building momentum for...

HIGHT AND PROCK LOOK TO REVISIT DENVER DOMINANCE

DENVER, CO --- With just two races to go before the Countdown to 1 begins 2009 Full Throttle Funny Car champion Robert Hight and his crew chief Jimmy Prock want to begin building momentum for their title defense. The pair thinks that the mountain that surrounds Bandimere Speedway is as good a place as any to start making a move.

They are only 43 points behind points leader and legend John Force for the top spot in the Funny Car class and Hight wants to start the Countdown from the No. 1 position. He also knows he will have to fight for that spot since 14-time Funny Car champion Force will not go quietly into the night.

The past two races have been frustrating for Hight considering his Auto Club Ford Mustang has been sidelined in the second round missing critical opportunities to close the gap on Force.

"I am looking forward to going to Denver. You throw a lot out the window because the conditions are so different there. Last year we were trying to create horsepower to run with everybody. This year I think we will be in a much better place going to Denver. I really like racing there and we have had success there. You have to tune it back to overcome the conditions and I think Jimmy can do that," said Hight.

Hight is already way ahead in 2010 considering this past weekend he was able to affix his name to the marquee recognizing his guaranteed spot in the Countdown. His was just the second name to go on the Full Throttle sign which is a huge improvement over 2009 when his name was the last name in all four professional categories to make the Countdown.

While Denver has been a challenge for most teams Hight owns a number of performance records at Bandimere Speedway. The thin air can be conquered and Hight and Prock feel like they have the combination to meet the challenge. Even though in Sonoma his Mustang was unpredictable on Sunday Hight is confident moving forward.

"We just have no wiggle room with this tune-up. It just has to be perfect and you can't race like that. We made a great run in the first round and in the second round it should have gone. It was just a little off and that killed us. We are working through this new clutch set-up and trying to get it back to what we had earlier in the year," said Hight.

"We still have all that stuff and we are saving that for the Countdown. That is our ace in the hole. Jimmy (Prock) and Eric (Lane)are working on fixing the problem. It is frustrating because we want that top spot and we have had a couple of chances to make a move. We are in a much better place this year compared to last year for sure."

The MOPAR Mile High Nationals will cap the famed Western Swing for the first time and Hight is eager to get on the track. He knows that this race will be a bit of a one off since the conditions will not be duplicated again in 2010.

"You really don't learn anything at Denver that can help you in the Countdown," Hight said, "but that doesn't mean you don't want to win. You get bragging rights to the mountain for a whole year plus you build momentum going on to Brainerd (Minn., site of the last race before the playoffs) and Indy.

"Jimmy Prock has a good handle on running (at altitude)," Hight said of his crew chief. "We're struggling to develop this clutch, but I think we'll have something for them this week."

-source: jfr

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Robert Hight