HIGHT LEADS SEATTLE FIELD HEADING INTO SATURDAY -JFR Next Generation Step Up in Second Qualifying Session - (SEATTLE, WA) --- Robert "Top Gun" Hight has a good feeling about the performance of his Auto Club Ford Mustang after two qualifying runs...
HIGHT LEADS SEATTLE FIELD HEADING INTO SATURDAY
-JFR Next Generation Step Up in Second Qualifying Session -
(SEATTLE, WA) --- Robert "Top Gun" Hight has a good feeling about the performance of his Auto Club Ford Mustang after two qualifying runs at Pacific Raceways for the 21st annual Schuck's Auto Parts Supply NHRA Nationals. His final pass of the day, a blistering 4.056 second run at 304.39 mph, nailed down the provisional No. 1 qualifying position for the leader of the John Force Racing Next Generation drivers.
Hight has been seeing steady improvement over the past two events and he is eager to get back to the track tomorrow.
"Leaving Englishtown and starting at Norwalk we started really running well. It is starting to come around. Denver is so different than anywhere else we race. It is hard to come out of Denver with a lot of confidence," said last year's No. 1 qualifier at Pacific Raceway. "We are coming back to sea level. We have had engine gremlins all year and we haven't been making it to 1,000 feet cleanly. It (the motor) was running really good to 1,000 feet but then it was burning itself up. Honestly, this new format is really helping us. We are getting to 1,000 feet and not hurting it. We can work on our tune up."
At the top end following his last run on Friday Hight could barely contain his excitement with how well his Jimmy Prock tuned Ford Mustang was running.
"I didn't want to get out of this Mustang. Even at 1,000 feet it was running so good, it sounded good. It did have a little rattle leaving but maybe this Auto Club Ford is back. We have done well here in Seattle in the past and we want to keep marching," said the fastest driver to win 100 rounds in Funny Car history.
Two other John Force Racing Mustangs stepped up in the second session. Rookie of the Year favorite Mike Neff drove his Old Spice Ford Mustang to the No. 4 qualifying position.
A few slots behind him was 2007 Rookie of the Year Ashley Force, fresh off her appearance at the ESPN Espy's, who drove her Castrol GTX Ford Mustang into the No. 7 qualifying position. Force improved on her second run but felt like there was more out there for her Mustang.
"I think we were a little bummed (with the second run). It felt like it going faster than it was but we're not going to complain," said the first female to win an NHRA Funny Car national event. "We improved and we didn't waste any of our night session in this good weather because you never know what tomorrow's weather will be like. We can keep building on today. I don't have any complaints."
Team owner and 14-time Funny Car champion John Force was unable to improve on his first run of the day and found himself on the outside of the provisional Top 12 qualified Funny Cars. The winningest driver in NHRA history will have two more chances to join his young drivers on the ladder for Sunday's eliminations when qualifying gets underway tomorrow at noon.
In the Top Alcohol ranks Brittany Force made a career best run in the first session blasting down the track in 5.370 seconds at 260.06 mph. The run was good enough to qualifier her sixth heading into the final qualifying session tomorrow.