NHRA Funny Car driver Robert Hight on Sunday raced to his fourth win of the season and in the process set the national speed record at the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway.
Larry Dixon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also claimed wins Sunday in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
Hight gained momentum with a consistent string of powerful runs throughout the rain-delayed day of racing and finished off final-round opponent Jack Beckman with another strong run in his Auto Club Ford Mustang. Hight powered to a 4.092-second run at 314.90 mph while Beckman trailed with a 5.615 at 152.66 in his Aaron's/Valvoline Dodge Charger. Hight's final-round speed certified his earlier performance of 316.45 mph as the national record.
Hight defeated Ron Capps, teammate and series leader Mike Neff and Jeff Arend en route to the final round.
Despite his second-round exit, Neff maintained his series lead, with runner-up Beckman moving to second and Hight remaining in third.
In Top Fuel, Dixon claimed his first win of the season and his sixth Father's Day victory by outrunning Antron Brown in the final round. Dixon took his 61st career win and second at Bristol Dragway with a 3.836 at 318.09 in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to finish just in front of the hard-charging Brown, who posted a 3.851 at 306.19 in his Matco Tools dragster.
With the win, defending champion Dixon moved into second place in the standings, 31 points behind series leader Del Worsham, Dixon's teammate who lost in the quarterfinals to Massey.
In Pro Stock, Edwards claimed his third consecutive Bristol Dragway win and 30th of his career and in the process denied Erica Enders a milestone victory as she tried to become the first woman to win in the history of the 41-year-old factory hot-rod category. Enders left the starting line first in her ZaZa Energy Chevrolet Cobalt, but the car lost power near mid-track while Edwards sped down the track to finish in 6.685 at 205.79 in his Penhall/Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP.
Edwards moved to second in the series standings with the victory and trails Jason Line by 24 points.
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series continues June 23-26 with the fifth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.