NHRA Full Throttle Series star Robert Hight on Sunday continued John Force Racing's domination of the Funny Car category, racing to victory at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also claimed wins at the event.
Hight's victory, his second of the season, was the fifth in a row for the team, which included two wins to close the 2010 season by John Force and last month's Tire Kingdom Gatornationals win by Mike Neff. Hight, who also won the season-opening Kragen O'Reilly Winternationals, moved into the series points lead with the win, his second at this event and the 20th of his career.
Hight, who beat Jim Head, Jack Beckman and Cruz Pedregon in earlier rounds, held off Johnny Gray in the final round. Hight's Auto Club Ford Mustang covered the distance in 4.149 seconds at 307.79 mph to edge Gray's Service Central Dodge Charger at the finish line. Gray ran a 4.169 at 301.81 mph.
In the Top Fuel final, Brown defeated Brandon Bernstein. It was Brown's 26th career victory (10th in Top Fuel) and his first ever at this track. Brown posted a 3.887 at 318.84 mph in his Aaron's/Matco Tools dragster to cross the finish line in front of Bernstein's Copart dragster, which trailed with a 3.947 at 311.13 mph.
Series leader Del Worsham lost in the semifinals and now leads Brown by eight points. Multitime world champs Tony Schumacher and Larry Dixon both lost in the second round and are third and fourth in points, respectively.
In Pro Stock, Edwards claimed his first win of the season and his second straight at Las Vegas by defeating rookie and first-time finalist Vincent Nobile. Edwards ran 6.695 at 205.98 mph in his Penhall/Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP to take his 29th career victory and hold off Nobile, who finished in 6.713 at 205.69 mph in his Mount View Tire Dodge Avenger.
The victory moved Edwards to fourth place in the standings and helped erase a slow start to the season, which included a DNQ at Pomona.
Edwards, who was the event's top qualifier, defeated Richard Freeman, Erica Enders and V. Gaines in the first three rounds. He said his car slowed a bit in the final and he was lucky to take the win.
Pro Stock points leader Jason Line saw his early-season winning streak end in the second round when he lost to Greg Stanfield. Line now leads Stanfield by 69 points.
The NHRA now heads to the second-annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 14-17 at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, N.C.