Robert Hight takes Funny Car qualifying lead



POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Robert Hight raced to the Funny Car qualifying lead Thursday in the season-ending Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway.

Tony Schumacher led the Top Fuel field, Mike Edwards topped the Pro Stock competition and Andrew Hines took the lead in the Pro Stock Motorcycle division.

Hight, fifth in the season standings, powered his Ford Mustang to the provisional top spot with a run of 4.084 seconds at 312.13 mph. He earned three bonus points in the standings.

Mike Neff, Hight’s teammate and fourth in the standings, was second and picked up two bonus points, while Las Vegas winner Ron Capps raced to the third spot and earned a bonus point.

Matt Hagan entered the event with a one-point lead over Jack Beckman.