Robert Hight ran the gamut of emotions during the NHRA Finals this weekend. But in the end, it was pure elation as Hight captured the 2017 Funny Car championship in Pomona, California. After qualifying 15th, the Jimmy Prock lead team made the right adjustments Sunday morning to defeat Tim Wilkerson, while Del Worsham knocked off second-place Ron Capps, giving Hight the second championship of his career.
Hight later advanced to the final round but not without an eventful semifinal race against Courtney Force. After getting the win light, Hight’s engine exploded and he darted left from the right lane bouncing off the wall. The concussion from the explosion knocked the parachute handle out of Hight’s reach and he was along for the ride into the gravel pit and into the catch nets. Hight was unhurt, and a backup car was brought out for the finals.
Brittany Force made history Sunday, winning the Top Fuel championship and the NHRA Finals. In doing so, she became the first daughter of John Force to win a championship and the second female to win the Top Fuel title. Force was solid all day beating Shawn Langdon in the final for her fourth victory of the season and seventh of her career. Her most important round win was the second round, when she defeated Richie Crampton moments after points leader Steve Torrence lost to Antron Brown, clinching the championship.
Sixteen-time NHRA champion John Force also made history by racing in the team’s 4,000th Funny Car elimination round, beating J.R. Todd in the opening round before falling in the quarterfinals to Jack Beckman. Force finished seventh in the Funny Car standings and as a team owner now has 20 championships.
Courtney Force finished the 2017 season with a career-best third-place points finish, racing to the semifinals on Sunday and coming up short to Robert Hight.
The NHRA teams will be honored tonight at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles and begin the 2018 season back in Pomona, California on February 9th.
PEAK’s Dan Fletcher also took the win by 0.0228 seconds (approximately 6 feet) in the Competition Eliminator Final on Sunday in Pomona, defeating Tom Mettler for his 102nd final round victory and 16th in Comp Eliminator.
Fletcher and the NHRA sportsman drivers will begin the 2018 season back in Pomona, California on February 8th.
NASCAR CUP SERIES
With nine laps remaining at Phoenix Raceway, PEAK’s Matt Kenseth passed championship contender Chase Elliott for the lead and pulled away for his 39th career victory and the first since July 2016.
On Lap 303 of 312, Kenseth cleared Elliott off Turn 2 and stretched his advantage to 1.207 seconds at the finish. Series Leader Martin Truex Jr. finished third in front of Erik Jones and Kevin Harvick who rounded out the top five.
PEAK driver Clint Bowyer finished 13th while Daniel Suarez finished 18th.
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The NASCAR season will come to a close Sunday, November 19th in Homestead, Florida. Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski will decide the Championship while PEAK’s Daniel Suarez will battle Erik Jones to decide the series Rookie of the Year honors.
NASCAR PEAK MEXICO SERIES
In front of a capacity crowd of more than 50,000 fans, Abraham Calderón finished fourth which was enough to take his second NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series title at Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.
Xavi Razo started in fourth position and went on to take the win over Rubén Pardo, Manolín Gutiérrez, and champion Calderón. PEAK’s Enrique Baca ended the race in eleventh position.
The 2018 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series schedule will be released in the next few weeks as the series will begin preparations for the 2018 season.
NASCAR PEAK ANTIFREEZE SERIES POWERED BY iRACING
The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series will resume in March 2018.
DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES
The Clint Bowyer Racing Dirt Late Model team will resume in February 2018.