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Hight, Millican, Laughlin and M. Smith Grab Provisional No. 1 Spots at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

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Sonoma 19SONOMA, Calif. (July 27, 2019) – Defending Funny Car event winner Robert Hight kept his impressive pace going at Sonoma Raceway, powering to the No. 1 spot on Friday during the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

Clay Millican (Top Fuel), Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 15th of 24 races during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. The event is also the second of three races during the NHRA’s famed Western Swing.

Hight, the current points leader and two-time Sonoma winner, went 3.858-seconds at 334.65 mph in his Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS. If it holds, Hight would rack up his eighth No. 1 qualifier of 2019 and 68th in his career. Shawn Langdon drove to the second spot with a 3.875 at 329.99, and Jack Beckman sits in third after a pass of 3.879 at 333.41.

“You know you’re always in for a treat when you come to Sonoma with the Friday night run,” said Hight, who also set the national speed record at the track in 2017. “It’s not like any other track we go to where the atmospheric conditions change so drastically. You know it’s going to be great conditions and this is a great race track. You just have to hit it right. I’ve attended every national event ever held here, first as a fan coming to the races, just dreaming to get to work on one of these cars, then a crew member and now a driver. I love coming here and it’s very special to me.”

Top Fuel’s Millican put up a season-best blast of 3.698 at 330.96 to go to No. 1 in his Parts Plus/Laris Motorsports dragster. It would be his third No. 1 qualifier of 2019 and 23rd in his career if it holds. Points leader and defending world champ Steve Torrence, who has won eight of the past nine races in the 2019 season, is second with a 3.717 at 325.85, and his father, Billy, is a spot behind in third after going 3.718 at 325.85.

In Pro Stock, Alex Laughlin went 6.520 at 210.80 in his Havoline Chevrolet Camaro to take the No. 1 spot on Friday. If it holds, it would give Laughlin, whose first career race in Pro Stock came at Sonoma in 2015, his second career No. 1 qualifier. Deric Kramer is right behind in second after his 6.523 at 210.93, while defending event winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. went 6.533 at 210.41 to sit third.

Defending Pro Stock Motorcycle world champ Matt Smith went to the top of the class on his Denso/Stockseth/MSR EBR thanks to his run of 6.779 at a track record speed of 200.83. Smith was the only rider to reach the 200 mph on Friday. Jerry Savoie is currently second after going 6.801 at 198.20, and Eddie Krawiec’s 6.838 at 199.85 currently puts him in third.

Qualifying continues Saturday at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at 1:20 p.m. PT. The first round of the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle begins at 1:15 p.m.

Clay Millican

Clay Millican

Top Fuel
POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Clay Millican 3.698 330.96
02 Steve Torrence 3.717 325.85
03 Billy Torrence 3.718 325.85
04 Antron Brown 3.721 327.43
05 Doug Kalitta 3.733 325.69
06 Austin Prock 3.737 327.9
07 Richie Crampton 3.743 325.14
08 Mike Salinas 3.769 325.77
09 Terry McMillen 3.770 325.69
10 Brittany Force 3.785 325.61
11 Leah Pritchett 3.805 316.3
12 Scott Palmer 3.856 315.12
13 Cameron Ferre 4.737 157.59
14 Steve Faria 34.350 9999

Robert Hight

Robert Hight

Funny Car
POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Robert Hight 3.858 334.65
02 Shawn Langdon 3.875 329.99
03 Jack Beckman 3.879 333.41
04 Bob Tasca III 3.879 328.22
05 Tommy Johnson Jr 3.886 324.59
06 Matt Hagan 3.910 325.77
07 Blake Alexander 3.940 297.35
08 John Force 3.952 325.22
09 Ron Capps 3.960 321.19
10 J.R. Todd 4.009 320.2
11 Jim Campbell 4.102 304.87
12 Tim Wilkerson 4.325 214.52
13 Terry Haddock 4.928 155.79
14 Cruz Pedregon 5.080 147.96
15 Jeff Diehl 5.332 138.91

Alex Laughlin

Alex Laughlin

Pro Stock
POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Alex Laughlin 6.520 210.8
02 Deric Kramer 6.523 210.93
03 Jeg Coughlin 6.533 210.41
04 Bo Butner 6.534 211.13
05 Matt Hartford 6.541 208.39
06 Greg Anderson 6.546 208.55
07 Jason Line 6.551 211.13
08 Fernando Cuadra 6.559 210.57
09 Richard Freeman 6.562 210.31
10 Kenny Delco 6.563 209.04
11 Erica Enders 6.566 211.46
12 Chris McGaha 6.567 209.72
13 Steve Matusek 6.581 208.78
14 Fernando Cuadra Jr 6.583 209.26
15 Steve Graham 6.607 207.02
16 Alan Prusiensky 6.704 205.54
17 Tom Huggins 6.706 206.32
18 Cristian Cuadra 6.854 198.09
19 Val Smeland 6.904 197.94
20 Joey Grose 14.486 56.74

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Pro Stock Motorcycle
POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Matt Smith 6.779 200.83
02 Jerry Savoie 6.801 198.2
03 Eddie Krawiec 6.838 199.85
04 Angie Smith 6.843 199.23
05 Karen Stoffer 6.844 193.9
06 Hector Arana Jr 6.856 197.02
07 Andrew Hines 6.889 198.7
08 Scott Pollacheck 6.910 196.07
09 Hector Arana 6.928 193.29
10 Angelle Sampey 6.942 184.47
11 Kelly Clontz 6.951 193.65
12 Ryan Oehler 6.956 194.97
13 Joey Gladstone 7.046 185.21
14 Katie Sullivan 7.074 185.59
15 Dylan Hendrix 7.137 186.15
16 Michael Ray 7.158 187.31
17 Cory Reed 7.172 189.66
18 Jianna Salinas 7.198 182.87
19 James Surber 7.295 184.42
20 Scott Bottorff 7.342 189.1
21 Melissa Surber 7.356 183.94

Photos courtesy of NHRA

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