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S. Torrence, Hight winners at Heartland Nationals

Robert Hight was also victorious in Funny Car at the 10th of 24 events on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Steve Torrence

Defending world champion S. Torrence raced his Capco Contractors dragster to a run of 3.750 seconds at 326.16 mph to defeat B. Torrence’s 3.768 at 326. S. Torrence, the No. 1 qualifier, then secured his first event victory at Heartland Motorsports Park and the 32nd of his career.

S. Torrence faced Terry Totten and Antron Brown before reaching the finals. B. Torrence defeated Lex Joon, Richie Crampton and Austin Prock.

Hight locked-in his 49th career victory at the race that started it all for him 25 years ago when he worked on John Force’s Funny Car. He defeated Jack Beckman with a run of 3.895 at 330.88 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS for his fourth victory of the season.

Hight’s 49th career victory came at the track where it all started for him 25 years ago.

“I think that was the second time this year we’ve qualified in the bottom half of the field,” Hight said. “We just had bad luck. We didn’t miss it or do anything wrong; we just simply had bad luck every run. Finally, we got it together for Q4, had low E.T. of the session and then low E.T. every session on race day.

“Once you get going with this team, you just start rolling,” Hight added.

Hight raced Shawn Langdon, defending world champion J.R. Todd and Tommy Johnson Jr. before entering his 77th career final round. Beckman defeated teammate Matt Hagan, Tim Wilkerson and J. Force en route to his second final round of the season.

The Mello Yello Drag Racing series continues to NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 14-16 at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn.

Source: Racer