09/23 17:52 CDT Hight wins, escapes serious injury after engine explosion
Hight wins, escapes serious injury after engine explosion
MADISON, Ill. (AP) --- Robert Hight's Funny Car engine exploded after he
crossed the finish line Sunday in a winning final-round pass in the AAA
Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals.
The defending season champion secured the points lead with a 4.036-second run
at 276.29 mph against Tim Wilkerson. Hight got out the car on his own and has
taken to a hospital for evaluation. He won for the third time this season and
Steve Torrence raced to his second consecutive Top Fuel victory, topping Clay
Millican with a 3.770 at 323.66 in the second of six playoff events during the
Countdown to the Championship. The points leader has seven victories this
season and 23 overall.
Tanner Gray won in Pro Stock, and Matt Smith topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle
field. Gray raced to his sixth victory of the season and 11th overall, beating
Drew Skillman with a 6.567 at 211.06. Smith topped LE Tonglet with a 6.877 at