The NHRA Season Continues in Phoenix
|Robert Hight was again the number one qualifier at the NHRA event in Phoenix this weekend, leading the JFR team. Despite coming up short in the semifinal round, Hight continues to lead the points battle heading into the Gatornationals next month in Florida. Check out all the highlights below.|
Robert Hight maintains the Funny Car points lead with his semifinal finish Sunday at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park outside of Phoenix. PEAK’s John Force advanced to the second-round but came up short to Hight. In Top Fuel, Austin Prock advanced to the second-round while Brittany Force had an early exit in the first round.
After defeating Jeff Diehl and teammate John Force, Hight lined up with reigning Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd in the semifinals. Hight ran a 3.922-second pass at 326.24 mph but was outrun by the event runner up’s 3.919 at 327.19.
In Top Fuel, Austin Prock made his second career race day start with a win over Clay Millican in the opening round. In the second round, Prock matched-up against three-time world champion Antron Brown where both cars smoked the tires, but Brown was able to recover first to get the win. Brittany Force ran the best pass of her weekend in the first round of eliminations but her 3.768-second pass came up short to Jordan Vandergriff’s 3.692-second run.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season continues with the 50th Annual NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida, March 15-17.
NASCAR CUP SERIES
Still suffering from the effects of stomach flu, Brad Keselowski held off a charging Martin Truex Jr. in the closing laps to win Sunday’s 325-lap race in Atlanta by 0.218 seconds. The victory was Keselowski’s first of the season and 60th in Roger Penske equipment (all series combined), breaking a tie with the late Mark Donohue.
After he pulled out to a substantial lead on the final restart at Lap 283, Keselowski began nursing his overheating car toward the finish. In the final 10 laps, Truex closed dramatically, cutting Keselowski’s advantage to 0.181 seconds with two circuits left. On Lap 324 Keselowski blocked Truex’s line off Turn 4 and held on for the win.
Kurt Busch finished the race in third while Kevin Harvick faded in the late going to fourth after winning the second stage of the race. PEAK’s Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Las Vegas 400 on Sunday, March 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The Formula One season opens with the Australian Grand Prix March 17th in Melbourne, Australia.
NASCAR PEAK MEXICO SERIES
The 2019 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will begin March 31st in Monterrey, Mexico.
DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES
The dirt late model teams will resume in Chillicothe, Ohio on March 15th.
eNASCAR PEAK ANTIFREEZE iRACING SERIES
The next event on the tour is at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday, March 26th.