Robert Hight, the defending world Nitro Funny car champ, closed the points gap ever-so-slightly on his boss, John Force, by defeating the points leader, 4.21 to 4.38, in his Weld Racing wheel equipped race car for his fourth victory of year and the 17th of his career. Hight now trails Force by just 28 points.
“It’s nice to get back on the winning side here in Denver. My crew chief, Jimmy Prock, has never had a problem making horsepower, but with the racetrack being so good last year with the cooling system and everything, we just didn’t have enough horsepower, and that bothered Jimmy. He came in here with a game plan – new parts and different things – and he definitely found the horsepower that he needed,” said Hight.
Hight, who won the Mile High Nationals in his 2005 rookie season, raced back to the final, the 31st of his career and fifth this year after defeating James Day in round one, defending event champ Ron Capps on a holeshot in round two, and low qualifier Matt Hagan in the semifinals setting up the match with John Force.