Robert Hight Wins it All!
Robert Hight earned his third NHRA Funny Car World Championship Sunday afternoon with a runner-up finish at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Check out all the race highlights below.
Robert Hight became only the fifth Funny Car driver in history to earn more than two titles, joining the ranks of Don Prudhomme, Raymond Beadle, Kenny Bernstein and John Force. By the time Hight entered the finals, he only needed to ensure he did not pick up any sort of penalty to clinch the title. After an epic, crowd pleasing, long burnout, Hight couldn’t back the car up giving Jack Beckman a solo run to win the race. Hight ends his 2019 NHRA Funny Car world championship season with a career best six race victories and eight number one qualifiers. It is the third consecutive year Hight has finished inside the top three, winning in 2017 and finishing runner-up in 2018.
Brittany Force opened race day with a round one victory over Antron Brown to advance to a championship deciding matchup with Steve Torrence. In the quarterfinal in a close side-by-side drag race, Force powered to 3.776-second pass at 302.41 mph but it wouldn’t be enough to advance past Torrence’s 3.749 at 326.48 who went on to secure the championship.
John Force had an early ending when he was matched up against teammate Robert Hight in the first round of eliminations Sunday, falling to Hight. Austin Prock also had an early exit Sunday to fellow Road to the Future Award candidate, Jordan Vandergriff.
The 2020 NHRA Drag Racing Series season will begin in Pomona, California in early February.
NASCAR CUP SERIES
Kyle Busch secured his second NASCAR Cup Series championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, besting perhaps the most impressive field of championship contenders in the six-year history of the elimination-style playoffs. Busch outran fellow finalists Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. in the season-ending event to claim the title.
Busch becomes only the 16th driver with more than one premier series championship. Seven-time champ Jimmie Johnson is the only other active driver with multiple titles on his resume and is the first repeat champion in the elimination-style postseason.
PEAK’s Clint Bowyer rounded out the season with a sixth-place finish in Homestead, earning him a ninth-place finish in the series standing.
The NASCAR Cup series resumes in Daytona, Florida in February.
FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Haas F1 Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean finished 11th and 13th, respectively, in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo. With the result, Haas F1 Team remains ninth in the constructors’ championship with 28 points.
Max Verstappen won the Brazilian Grand Prix from the pole by a 6.077-second margin over runner-up Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso. Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line third, but a five-second penalty promoted Carlos Sainz to the final podium position.
The final event of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 1st at Yas Marina Circuit.
NASCAR PEAK MEXICO SERIES
The Hermanos Rodríguez racetrack in Mexico City will host the final race NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series of the season on December 1st.