Las Vegas II: Robert Hight preview

HIGHT USES OFF-WEEKENDS TO GO TO RACES LAS VEGAS, NV (October 25, 2010) --- By his own accounts Robert Hight's 2010 Countdown performance has been frustrating and unfulfilling. Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang team have been victims of first...

HIGHT USES OFF-WEEKENDS TO GO TO RACES

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 25, 2010) --- By his own accounts Robert Hight's 2010 Countdown performance has been frustrating and unfulfilling. Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang team have been victims of first round losses in each of the first four Countdown races relegating the 2009 Full Throttle Funny Car champion to a role of spoiler for the 2010 crown.

How does someone who is struggling on the race track spend his two weekends off between races? If you are Hight you get refocused and re-energized by going to more races.

The weekend after his Auto Club Ford Mustang exited in the first round after a tire smoking run in Reading Hight was the guest of Auto Club at the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield. With nearly 40 nostalgia Funny Cars on the property vying for a spot in the sixteen car field Hight took in all the sights and sounds of the early days of drag racing.

"There were so many killer cars in Bakersfield. Everywhere you looked there was a hitter. It reminded me of the Funny Car class this year. Anyone can win any race whether you are in the Countdown or not. Cruz Pedregon has been running great and my hat is off to him and his team. They are not giving up and neither is my Auto Club team," said the 18-time NHRA national event winner.

The weekend after the trip to Bakersfield Hight flew into Dallas to take in his first experience of ADRL racing at the Texas Motorplex during the LenMar Motorsports World Finals VI. Hight was on a dual mission in Texas as he enjoyed checking out the 1/8 mile series and in a bit of role reversal wrote a number of articles for Attitude Apparel's CompetitionPlus.com.

"One thing John Force has taught me is you always have to improve yourself. You cannot stand still and you need to get every edge to make yourself a better racer. I took the chance to be a reporter for a weekend to I could understand how that process works. I do my fair share of interviews and I think getting a better understanding of how a story gets written will only make me a better interview down the road," said Hight.

"I want to thank Bobby Bennett and photographer Roger Richards for showing me the ropes. It was also good to see drivers like JR Todd, Del Worsham, and Larry Dixon at the ADRL race. Talking with Del and Larry got me fired up for these last two races. My Auto Club team may not win the championship but we are going to do everything we can to get either John or Ashley (Force Hood) that Full Throttle Funny Car championship trophy."

Heading into Las Vegas for the penultimate NHRA event Hight knows his win last year propelled him to his first championship. This weekend Hight is looking for improved performance to propel him rounds at The Strip.

"Winning the Las Vegas Nationals last year pretty much locked up the championship for us. I want to win more championships for sure but I also want to end this season on a positive note. We have won four races this season including three in a row. I don't want to stop there and I owe it to my guys, (crew chief) Jimmy (Prock) and our sponsors to give them the best driving performance I can," said Hight.

The team found the gremlin that foiled them in Reading and made the corrective adjustments. They think that getting back to tracks like Las Vegas and Auto Club Raceway in Pomona will give the team the boost it needs to excel for the next two races.

"The battle between John Force and Matt Hagan is a long way from over. It will be a team battle since we want to take out (Don Schumacher racers) Hagan, (Jack) Beckman and (Ron) Capps just like those guys want to get me, John and Ashley. I have been on the crew with John and won championships with him. These past two weeks I have been a spectator and it has me ready to get into fight mode like John talks about. It will be a lot of fun and I am ready for the challenge," said Hight.

Robert Hight also will be headlining the NHRA's Las Vegas Nationals free autograph session on Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fremont Street Experience in front of the 3rd Street concert stage. His Auto Club Ford Mustang will be on display, too. This free fan event will feature autographs sessions with Hight as well as Top Fuel drivers Larry Dixon, Morgan Lucas, Shawn Langdon, Clay Millican, Terry Haddock and Dave Grubnic along with Funny Car drivers Bob Tasca III, Bob Bode, Melanie Troxel, Jeff Arend. The Pro Stock ranks will be represented by Allen Johnson, Shane Gray, Johnny Gray, Jason Line, Greg Anderson, Steve Johnson (PSM), Karen Stoffer (PSM) and Rookie of the Year favorite LE Tonglet (PSM).

-source: jfr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Larry Dixon , John Force , Greg Anderson , Cruz Pedregon , Karen Stoffer , Johnny Gray , Morgan Lucas , Jason Line , Bob Bode , Jeff Arend , Terry Haddock , Don Schumacher , Robert Hight , Matt Hagan , Bob Tasca III , Shane Gray , Shawn Langdon