Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Entering Chicago, Hight puts optimism to test
This personality trait is serving the 9-time NHRA national event winner well considering he is heading back to the 11th annual TORCO Race Fuels Route 66 Nationals on the outskirts of
During his first round race of eliminations versus former Funny Car champion Gary Scelzi Hight was heading for the win when his Mustang shook, lost traction and gave Scelzi the opportunity to drive past him for the win.
“(The run was) was perfect. It was going to haul ass. It was gonna run 4.80 flat. And two rods broke. It was one of two things. Either there was debris in the crankshaft or it was out of round. Anyway, at 180 feet out, it broke two rods instantly,” said the 2005 rookie of the Year. “It didn’t drop any cylinders to that point. It was right along with the 4.80 run we made at
The team had been battling this problem most of the event in
“We crippled ourselves a little bit the first run (of qualifying) not going down there. (Crew chief) Jimmy Prock had to be real cautious in the afternoon session. I’m just glad it went. It’s boiling on the other end and it’s the weirdest thing ever it was way down here in the shutdown and it kicked the rods out way down here. It was weird I didn’t know what it was. I thought I ran over something.”
In 2006 Hight raced his way to the finals in
Hight opened the 2007 season with back-to-back finals including a season opening win at the Winternationals in
“In a few races you’ll have guys getting new chassis and Goodyear tires combined with no testing which will really hurt them,” said the former JFR crewman. “Jimmy looked back in
That kind of optimism will keep Hight focused on going rounds and should continue to keep him at the top of the standings.
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