SONOMA, Calif. — After an impressive win streak early in the season, Robert Hight wanted to make sure he avoided repeating history. A win last weekend in Denver assured the Funny Car standout that would not be the case, leaving Hight now focused on unleashing another hot streak.
Hight’s dominant four-race winning streak in early 2012 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series was followed by a 35-race winless streak, something the current Funny Car points leader wanted to avoid after another hot stretch opened his 2014 campaign and included three straight wins in a run of six consecutive final round appearances.
A spectacular performance in Denver erased those thoughts, giving Hight every reason to believe he can turn in another strong showing in his 10,000-horsepower Auto Club Ford Mustang during the second race of the three-week NHRA Western Swing at this weekend’s 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.
“We were doing well and we just had some bad luck here and there,” Hight said. “It’s good to be back. I know back in 2012 we won four races in a row at the beginning of the season and it took another year to get a win. Trust me that was crossing my mind. If you look around it’s not that easy to win in this Funny Car class. There are a lot of good cars out there.”
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the event. It is the 15th of 24 races during the 2014 season and always serves as an important race for Hight, who grew up racing at the track.
He earned his lone Sonoma Funny Car win in 2008 but will be among the handful of favorites at this weekend’s event. Hight was seemingly dominant on nearly every run in Denver, paving the way for his own high hopes on the Western Swing.