Indy ORP Funny Car Showdown pre-event notes

HIGHT LEADS SKOAL SHOWDOWN QUALIFIERS IN PURSUIT OF $100,000 PRIZE CLERMONT, Ind. -- Sophomore Funny Car driver Robert Hight will start from the No. 1 position in the Skoal Showdown on Sept. 2 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, as...

HIGHT LEADS SKOAL SHOWDOWN QUALIFIERS IN PURSUIT OF $100,000 PRIZE

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Sophomore Funny Car driver Robert Hight will start from the No. 1 position in the Skoal Showdown on Sept. 2 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, as he goes for his first victory in the special bonus event for qualified Funny Car drivers.

The Skoal Showdown, a high-stakes, high-speed race featuring the eight quickest and most consistent Funny Car teams from the last season, is a lucrative race-within-a-race held during the 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the world's most prestigious drag race.

The winner of the 26th annual Skoal Showdown will earn a $100,000 bonus from U.S. Tobacco. Any driver who can win the Skoal Showdown and the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals will earn a $50,000 'Double-Up' bonus from NHRA.

A race day purse of $147,000 is available for the eight drivers competing in the Skoal Showdown. The Showdown runner-up will earn $15,000, while the two semifinalists will earn $6,000 each. The four first round finishers will earn $5,000 apiece.

Hight, from Anaheim Hills, Calif., was the No. 1 qualifier eight times in his Auto Club Ford Mustang in the 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events that comprise the 2007 Skoal Showdown. It is Hight's third career appearance in the Skoal Showdown and his second consecutively as the No. 1 seed.

Drivers accumulated points for the Skoal Showdown at 23 NHRA national events between last year's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals up to the 2007 Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa. A $4,000 bonus was awarded to the No. 1 qualifier at each of those races.

Last year John Force raced to victory for his sixth win in the special bonus event.

Skoal Showdown rounds are scheduled for 12:30 and 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Sept. 2.

-credit: nhra

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Drivers John Force , Robert Hight