CHANDLER, Ariz. – Robert Hight powered to the top of the Funny Car category during the final day of qualifying Saturday for the 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Billy Torrence (Top Fuel) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) are also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories.
Hight took over the top spot in the category during the final run of qualifying with a pass of 3.867 seconds at 329.91 mph in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS. He secured his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and is seeking back-to-back victories.
“That was a fun run,” Hight said. “I had my hands a little full at the other end since I was late with the chutes because I had to keep it off the wall. It was exciting from the step of the gas all the way to the end of the finish line. Jimmy Prock (crew chief) and Chris Cunningham (crew chief) have a really good handle on these cool and tricky conditions.”
Hight is set to face off against Jeff Diehl in round one of eliminations on Sunday. Matt Hagan sits second after a 3.881-second pass at 323.43 mph in his Sandvik Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The defending Funny Car champion J.R. Todd qualified fifth.
Ron Capps and 16-time world champion John Force will face each other for the 100th time during eliminations Sunday morning.
Torrence, father of reigning Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence, sits atop of the Top Fuel class after the final round of qualifying with a run of 3.667 seconds at 328.46 mph in his Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing dragster. This is his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and second of his career.
“We’re going to do all that we can do to turn that green hat into a yellow one,” Torrence said. “It would be nice to pick up some momentum here, pick up a win and relish that for a few weeks. I have a super team; really two super teams. Steve’s (Torrence) team works on my car and prepares it. Whenever I come out I have a car that is capable of winning at anytime.”
He will go head-to head against Terry Totten in round one of eliminations on Sunday. Terry McMillen qualified second after a 3.695-second run at 330.96 mph in his AMALIE Motor Oil XTERMIGATOR dragster.
In Pro Stock, Butner took over the top spot after driving to a 6.522-second pass at 211.46 mph in his Jim Butner Auto Chevrolet Camaro during the first qualifying session of the day. He secured his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season and won the most recent NHRA event.
“Our Chevy Camaro has been pretty good since I came back out this season,” Butner stated. “This is just carrying over from Pomona because we didn’t chance a lot. I’m very happy and the momentum is going great.”
Butner matches up against Joey Grose in the first round of eliminations. Alex Laughlin is second in the qualifying order after 6.526-second pass at 211.79 mph, while Jason Line sits in the third spot.