Robert Hight fastest in Funny Car qualifying at Sonoma Raceway

Robert Hight fastest in Funny Car qualifying at Sonoma Raceway

SONOMA, Calif. — Funny car leader Robert Hight took first place qualifying in the Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Saturday in a bid to become the first NHRA driver to win four consecutive races at Sonoma Raceway.

Hight’s run of 3.825 seconds at 332.75 mph in a Chevrolet Camaro held out Friday night for his third No. 1 qualifying of the season and 74th overall. He has had five wins this season, the last two being events.

“There’s a lot at stake, but we’re going to take it round by round,” Hight said. “You have to try to be perfect and you have to be aggressive out there. To win rounds and come out on top you have to be sharp, and for that I have the best guys in the world. We have a lot of confidence now because we have the have won the last two races and we qualified as number 1 here, but there are a lot of good cars now.”

Leah Pruett topped the Top Fuel field, Erica Enders was fastest in Pro Stock and Angelle Sampey led the Pro Stock Motorcycle lineup.

After a win last week in Colorado, Pruett had a run of 3,689 against 327.59 on Friday for her first No. 1 qualifier of the season and 12th in her career.

Enders, the Pro Stock points leader, took her third No. 1 qualifier of the year on Saturday with a 6.506 out of 210.97 in a Camaro.

Sampey set the track time record on Saturday, making the third fastest run in class history with a pass of 6.700 at 200.95 on a Suzuki.