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Robert Hight got his second Funny Car Wally of the year Sunday. (File photo courtesy of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series)

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Robert Hight of John Force Racing got his second NHRA Funny Car victory of the season Sunday when he won the Summitracing.com Nationals at The Strip in Las Vegas.

The victory was third in three races for JFR as team-owner John Force won the Gatornationals last month.

“We’re just having a good time at John Force Racing,” Hight said after the victory, which was the 20th of his career.

Also winning in Vegas were Antron Brown in Top Fuel and Mike Edwards in Pro Stock.

To get the victory, Hight beat Johnny Gray in the final round. He did it with a pass at 307.79 mph and in 4.149 seconds.

In his final, Brown beat Brandon Bernstein with a pass at 318.84 mph and in 3.887 seconds. Brown left Las Vegas with a five-point lead in the standings over Del Worsham.

Edwards got his victory by beating Vincent Nobile in  the finals. His laps was at 205.98 mph and in 6.695 seconds.

“It’s not getting any easier, but it’s a lot of hard work,” Hight said. “If you let your guard down any little bit you are going to get beat. I had close side-by-side races in every round. In the final, Johnny Gray stepped up and made his best run of the weekend. There are no easy ones. Jim Head was right there in the first round. It makes it feel better when you can get a win like this. In this day and age in this competition, it’s awesome. We’ve got to keep it going. This was the 199th career victory for John Force Racing and it would be great to get the 200th at Charlotte.”

It was Brown’s 26th career victory (10th in Top Fuel) and first ever at this track.

“This car was great all weekend and it feels good to hit the jackpot here in Vegas,” said Brown, who beat Morgan Lucas, Tony Schumacher and Doug Kalitta to advance to the final round. “This weekend everything felt right. Our team just stepped up. We knew it was going to be cooler out there today and when we ran that (3.84) in the second round it really raised some eyebrows. We had to give it all we had and kept it going throughout eliminations. We got it done.”

Series leader Del Worsham lost in the semifinals and now leads Brown by eight points. Past multi-time world champs Tony Schumacher and Larry Dixon both lost in the second round and are third and fourth in the point standings, respectively.

Edwards claimed his first Pro Stock win of the season and second straight at this event by defeating rookie Nobile.

The victory moves Edwards to fourth place in the point standings and helps erase a slow start to the season, which included a DNQ at Pomona.

“We started off pretty slow and pretty bad for us really,” the 2009 world champ said. “We regrouped and came in here with a new car and made some tremendous runs all weekend. It’s a total team effort. My guys did an awesome job all weekend. They gave me 110 percent and they never quit. I am so proud of them. It’s a great win and we want to try to build on this and try to improve as much as we can and keep trying to run good and make good decisions.”

Edwards, who was the event’s top qualifier, defeated Richard Freeman, Erica Enders and V. Gaines in the first three rounds.  He said his car slowed a bit in the final and he was lucky to take the win over the Auto Club Road to the Future Award candidate.

“We were fortunate in the final because we made our worst run of the day,” Edwards said. “That Vincent Nobile is going to be quite a Pro Stock driver and he’s a super talent. He’s going to win some races and give us old guys a run for the money, I can tell you that.”

Pro Stock points leader Jason Line saw his early season winning streak end in the second round when he lost to Greg Stanfield. Line now leads Stanfield by 69 points.

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series continues with the second annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 14-17 at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, N.C.

Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The race is the third of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

1.  Antron Brown; 2.  Brandon Bernstein; 3.  Doug Kalitta; 4.  Del Worsham; 5.  Tony Schumacher; 6. David Grubnic; 7.  Spencer Massey; 8.  Larry Dixon; 9.  Morgan Lucas; 10.  Bob Vandergriff; 11. Terry McMillen; 12.  Steve Torrence; 13.  Steve Faria; 14.  Steven Chrisman; 15.  Troy Buff; 16. Shawn Langdon.

FUNNY CAR:

1.  Robert Hight; 2.  Johnny Gray; 3.  Cruz Pedregon; 4.  Tony Pedregon; 5.  Jack Beckman; 6.  Ron Capps; 7.  John Force; 8.  Jeff Arend; 9.  Jim Head; 10.  Gary Densham; 11.  Mike Neff; 12.  Matt Hagan; 13.  Tim Wilkerson; 14.  Paul Lee; 15.  Bob Bode; 16.  Bob Tasca III.

PRO STOCK:

1.  Mike Edwards; 2.  Vincent Nobile; 3.  V. Gaines; 4.  Greg Stanfield; 5.  Jason Line; 6.  Allen Johnson; 7.  Erica Enders; 8.  Shane Gray; 9.  Ron Krisher; 10.  Ronnie Humphrey; 11.  Rodger Brogdon; 12.  Greg Anderson; 13.  Warren Johnson; 14.  Larry Morgan; 15.  Kurt Johnson; 16. Richard Freeman.

Sunday’s final results from the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race is the third of 22 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Antron Brown, 3.887 seconds, 318.84 mph  def. Brandon Bernstein, 3.947 seconds, 311.13 mph.

Funny Car — Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.149, 307.79  def. Johnny Gray, Dodge Charger, 4.169, 301.81.

Pro Stock — Mike Edwards, Pontiac GXP, 6.695, 205.98  def. Vincent Nobile, Dodge Avenger, 6.713, 205.69.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Shawn Cowie, 5.365, 267.16  def. Joey Severance, 5.900, 177.00.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Tony Bartone, Ford Mustang, 5.625, 257.24  def. Brian Hough, Mustang, 5.824, 248.48.

Competition Eliminator — Dan Fletcher, Cobalt, 8.331, 131.22  def. Alan Ellis, ‘23-T Ford, 7.297, 127.40.

Super Stock — Jody Lang, Malibu, 11.086, 113.41  def. David Rampy, Camaro, 10.295, 128.79.

Stock Eliminator — Toby Lang, Chevelle, 11.904, 106.05  def. Jimmy DeFrank, Camaro, 10.507, 123.83.

Super Comp — Justin Morgan, Dragster, 9.064, 165.80  def. Greg Boutte, Dragster, 9.055, 176.97.

Super Gas — Dallas Glenn, Nova, 10.060, 154.88  def. Mike Ferderer, Grand Am, 10.070, 165.25.

Pro Modified — Khalid Balooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.983, 237.13  def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 6.012, 237.71.

Final round-by-round results from the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the third of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Doug Kalitta, 3.954, 311.99 def. Bob Vandergriff, 3.978, 309.98; David Grubnic, 3.943, 306.74 def. Terry McMillen, 4.004, 290.19; Antron Brown, 3.910, 316.30 def. Morgan Lucas, 3.917, 311.34; Del Worsham, 3.886, 316.23 def. Steven Chrisman, 4.430, 185.82; Larry Dixon, 3.905, 314.17 def. Steve Torrence, 4.126, 282.13; Brandon Bernstein, 3.974, 305.56 def. Steve Faria, 4.175, 252.66; Tony Schumacher, 3.879, 318.17 def. Troy Buff, 5.677, 105.87; Spencer Massey, 3.914, 312.35 def. Shawn Langdon, broke;

QUARTERFINALS — Bernstein, 3.922, 307.02 def. Grubnic, 3.926, 309.84; Kalitta, 3.939, 313.73 def. Dixon, 3.953, 309.63; Worsham, 3.941, 309.42 def. Massey, 3.926, 313.44; Brown, 3.845, 320.58 def. Schumacher, 3.895, 315.49;

SEMIFINALS — Bernstein, 3.937, 306.81 def. Worsham, 4.025, 269.03; Brown, 3.843, 320.51 def. Kalitta, 3.940, 314.46;

FINAL — Brown, 3.887, 318.84 def. Bernstein, 3.947, 311.13.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.238, 293.28 def. Paul Lee, Chevy Impala SS, 4.905, 164.15; Jeff Arend, Toyota Solara, 4.233, 294.50 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.324, 292.77; John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.158, 305.36 def. Bob Bode, Impala SS, 5.094, 166.03; Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.166, 307.09 def. Gary Densham, Charger, 4.232, 295.92; Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.157, 306.74 def. Jim Head, Solara, 4.179, 300.46; Johnny Gray, Charger, 4.254, 288.15 def. Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.287, 272.61; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.211, 295.08 def. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, foul; Tony Pedregon, Impala SS, 4.226, 299.20 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 10.035, 72.11;

QUARTERFINALS — C. Pedregon, 4.155, 307.37 def. Capps, 4.219, 289.82; T. Pedregon, 4.314, 281.83 def. Force, 4.259, 290.63; Hight, 4.157, 305.15 def. Beckman, 4.182, 301.47; Gray, 4.206, 298.54 def. Arend, 6.132, 127.23;

SEMIFINALS — Gray, 4.210, 300.33 def. T. Pedregon, broke; Hight, 4.155, 309.13 def. C. Pedregon, 4.152, 304.80;

FINAL — Hight, 4.149, 307.79 def. Gray, 4.169, 301.81.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 6.708, 204.79 def. Rodger Brogdon, Pontiac GXP, 6.705, 205.10; Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.712, 205.01 def. Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.711, 204.26; Vincent Nobile, Dodge Avenger, 6.694, 205.60 def. Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.730, 204.63; Shane Gray, GXP, 6.726, 204.63 def. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.699, 205.63; Jason Line, GXP, 6.720, 204.82 def. Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.746, 204.45; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.672, 206.16 def. Richard Freeman, GXP, 6.816, 203.98; Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.713, 205.41 def. Kurt Johnson, GXP, 6.759, 204.01; V. Gaines, Avenger, 6.714, 204.94 def. Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.693, 205.32;

QUARTERFINALS — Gaines, 6.740, 204.88 def. Gray, 13.814, 60.79; Stanfield, 6.696, 205.04 def. Line, 6.733, 206.10; Nobile, 6.703, 205.85 def. A. Johnson, 6.737, 206.29; Edwards, 6.674, 206.45 def. Enders, 6.826, 204.29;

SEMIFINALS — Nobile, 6.697, 205.88 def. Stanfield, foul; Edwards, 6.662, 206.95 def. Gaines, 6.704, 205.41;

FINAL — Edwards, 6.695, 205.98 def. Nobile, 6.713, 205.69.

Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the third of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Top Fuel

1.  Del Worsham, 265; 2.  Antron Brown, 257; 3.  Tony Schumacher, 222; 4.  Larry Dixon, 208; 5. Spencer Massey, 191; 6.  Morgan Lucas, 179; 7.  Shawn Langdon, 170; 8.  Brandon Bernstein, 168; 9. Doug Kalitta, 157; 10.  Steve Torrence, 118.

Funny Car

1.  Robert Hight, 289; 2.  Cruz Pedregon, 241; 3.  Mike Neff, 238; 4.  Matt Hagan, 210; 5.  Johnny Gray, 191; 6.  Jack Beckman, 172; 7.  Ron Capps, 157; 8.  Jeff Arend, 156; 9.  John Force, 154; 10. Tony Pedregon, 137.

Pro Stock

1.  Jason Line, 290; 2.  Greg Stanfield, 221; 3.  Greg Anderson, 214; 4.  Mike Edwards, 201; 5. Vincent Nobile, 178; 6.  Rodger Brogdon, 172; 7.  Erica Enders, 169; 8.  Ron Krisher, 167; 9. Shane Gray, 135; 10.  Allen Johnson, 128.

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