BAYTOWN, Texas -- Robert Hight opened his bid for a fifth straight Funny Car victory with the seventh-fastest run Friday in qualifying for the NHRA Spring Nationals.
Hight had a run of 4.153 seconds at 256.65 mph in his John Force Racing Ford Mustang, while Cruz Pedregon topped the field at 4.103 and 306.19 in a Toyota.
Hight is attempting to tie the Funny Car season record of five straight victories set by Don Prudhomme in 1976 and matched by Pedregon in 1992 and John Force in 1993 and 1994. Prudhomme holds the overall record of seven consecutive victories, winning the last two races in 1975 and the first five in 1976. John Force Racing has won all six Funny Car races this season, with Force taking the season-opening Winternationals.
In the other divisions at Royal Purple Raceway, Morgan Lucas led the Top Fuel field, Allen Johnson topped the Pro Stock competition, and Eddie Krawiec had the Pro Stock Motorcycle lead.
Lucas had a 3.772-second pass at 327.75 mph during the second session, Johnson finished at 6.545 and 211.73, and Krawiec at 6.872 and 197.83.