Auto Club driver Robert Hight took his Weld Racing wheel equipped Ford Mustang to the winner’s circle for the first time in the Countdown since 2009. The 2009 world champ’s 4.06, 302.62 was just too much for Johnny Gray’s Service Central Dodge Charger as it lost traction and recorded a 9.83, 73.91.
“We know that this was our last-chance race,” said Hight. “If we lose early again here, it’s over. You put yourself in such a hole when you lose first round in the first few races in the Countdown. It was also in our mind that we didn’t win a single round in the Countdown last year. You’ve got to get that off your back.”
Hight knows what it’s like to come from behind and win the championship. He did it in 2009 when he started from the 10th and final position in the Countdown, so this victory has him feeling confident even though his team is in fourth place.
“Jimmy Prock, Mike Neff, and all the teams have been working so hard and so well together to turn this car around,” Hight said. “We’d been struggling. But once Jimmy Prock’s got it, he’s got it. We’re back in this thing. We have five wins this year. That’s the most I’ve ever had in my career out here. It wasn’t the greatest run of my career [in the final]. I got a little outside the groove and started spinning, but we got the win light. It’s a great feeling to hear [co-crew chief] Eric Lane get on the radio and tell you we won.”