Almost immediately, Robert Hight noticed a different energy on Saturday at Atlanta Dragway. With the final race of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series taking place on-site during this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Southern Nationals, fans have rallied for the memorable final event at the House of Georgia Speed.
The surge of energy from a crowded grandstand brought a smile to Hight, who is looking to claim his fourth Atlanta win in Funny Car on Sunday.
“It’s exciting. You turn on the TV and it’s nowhere like that. I went to a Dodger game last Saturday and hadn’t been in a year and a half. They only allow 10 000 fans at Dodger Stadium and as a fan it’s just not the same, “said Hight.” Here there is a lot of energy and excitement, not only for the competitors but also for the fans.
“I think it’s a combination of people tired of being home and locked in and wanting to be, and then there’s (the fact) it’s the last race. There are probably a lot of people who went to a lot of southerners and they really wanted to get to the last one.
Hight enjoyed it, in part because of the memories he made on the track. Beyond his trio of wins, he saw Ashley Force Hood make history in 2008 and was part of the John Force squad, which enjoyed a dominant race in Atlanta, before taking on his role as a pilot. .
The goal now is to be Atlanta’s final winner, which would mean a lot to Hight given his appreciation for the sport’s vast history.
“I’ve won a lot of races here and I’ve been very lucky here,” said Hight, who has 51 career wins. “I was here as a teammate when Ashley won to be the first woman to win Funny Car. I have worked on John’s car for many years here. It would be great to say that we won the last race here for a lot of reasons. It would be the first victory of the year, we are back in the winner’s circle after a long period of absence, and there is only one first and one last.
After escaping most of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hight and his exceptional team are still finding their rhythm this year. There has been a lot of progress, including qualifying # 1 in Las Vegas, but there is still a long way to go.
The main thing is to strengthen the consistency of his Chevrolet Camaro Auto Club with 11,000 knockouts. If he does that, Hight is immediately as dangerous as anyone in the class and he expects his team to be ready for the eliminations on Sunday.
“We’re still a little green, but all the keys are here and we’re showing some potential,” said Hight. “We have to put everything in place on race day. We hope this is where we can do it. I know the conditions for (Sunday) are supposed to be cloudy all day, so the fans are going to get some great side-to-side and fast races.