HIGHT HAS HIGH HOPES FOR RETURN TO ATLANTA SUCCESS ATLANTA (April 15, 2009) --- Robert "Top Gun" Hight is chasing points leader Ron Capps and he hopes he catches him at the 29th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals this weekend.
HIGHT HAS HIGH HOPES FOR RETURN TO ATLANTA SUCCESS
ATLANTA (April 15, 2009) --- Robert "Top Gun" Hight is chasing points leader Ron Capps and he hopes he catches him at the 29th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals this weekend. In three of the last four years Hight has pulled his Auto Club sponsored Ford Mustang up beside Capps at the Southern Nationals winning twice before eventually reaching the finals. Last year Hight dropped a first round match-up to the current Full Throttle points leader.
Getting past Capps or getting four round wins is top of mind for the young John Force Racing driver. Heading into Atlanta without a win is new territory for the former trapshooting champion. In the previous four years as a funny car driver Hight has entered Atlanta with at least one victory. He has his eye on hitting the bulls-eye with a Funny Car win.
"We've had a pretty good four years in Atlanta. We did go out first round last year but the three year before that we went to the final. I'm aware that this is the longest I have gone to start a season without winning a race. In 2007 we won here and then went to Atlanta and won again. We have always won by the fourth race before 2007 which was my rookie year."
Hight saw flashes of progress during his semi-final finish at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Crew chief Jimmy Prock has returned to familiar territory with new engine components and Hight thinks they are just a few tweaks away from consistent success
"(Las Vegas) was a lot better than the last two races. I am upbeat about our car because it is definitely tunable. It is real tunable. We just need a few more runs and I think we are there. In qualifying we made two good runs. We stepped up. We have all the old stuff back on it. We have a new chassis. It is working well. I am definitely excited about that. We are going to test here (in Las Vegas) and use one of our four days. We'll see if we can't get it to where we want it," said Hight.
Hight has high hopes for the new Auto Club Ford Mustang.
"This is definitely a better car than our last one. That car got hurt when we lost a header. I had a new front half on it. This one definitely has more traction. That is what we need. It is definitely tunable now. (Crew chief) Jimmy (Prock) has something going right since he has all the controls in the car he is used to. He has been using them the last six or seven years. He knows how to tune that. It is not a learning curve like the other stuff we had in it."
Hight also knows that winning is important personally as well as for his manufacturer sponsor Ford. This weekend will be the 45th anniversary of the Mustang. It was April 17, 1964 that the Ford Mustang was unveiled during the New York World's Fair.
"It would be great to get another win in Atlanta and to get that win on the anniversary of the Ford Mustang would be awesome for everyone at John Force Racing. We have won nine world championships with Mustangs and I want to make that ten this year. A win this weekend would be a great step towards my first championship," said Hight.