First Race of the 2021 Season!
The 2021 NHRA season kicked off last weekend in Gainesville, Florida with the return of John Force and the John Force Racing team. Robert Hight lead the team, advancing to the finals in his return.
Robert Hight proved he’s still a threat with a runner-up finish at the NHRA Camping World Series season opening Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway on Sunday, March 14th. John Force in the BlueDEF PLATINUM Camaro began his 17th-championship campaign with a second round finish while 2017 Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force had a first-round exit.
After qualifying fourth, Robert Hight defeated Bobby Bode in round one then faced teammate John Force who was making his 500th race start in a Chevrolet in the quarterfinals, taking the win over Force. In the semifinals Hight defeated Bob Tasca III to reach his 81st career final round.
This set up the final round where Hight faced J.R. Todd for the win. Both cars went up in smoke at the launch but it was Todd who was able to hook back up first to secure the victory.
Brittany Force had an early exit on Sunday after an impressive 3.727 at 331.94 mph (second quickest of the round) but lost on a hole shot to Justin Ashley. Ashley laid down a 3.733 at 324.05 but his 0.034-second reaction time bettered Force’s 0.072. Despite the first round exit, Force still sits in the top 10 of the points standings in ninth.
The NHRA Camping World Series continues with the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California schedule for April 9-11th and the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway scheduled for April 16-18th.