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Robert Hight races to provisional top spot for NHRA’s first four-wide race in two years

NHRA Las Vegas Friday

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 16: Bob Tasca III (5) Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang (bottom), Cruz Pendregon (71) Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Robert Hight (7000) John Force Racing Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS and JR Todd (373) Kalitta Motorsports DHL Toyota Camry (top) during the opening round of the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on April 16, 2021, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Matthew Bolt/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS -- Robert Hight raced to the provisional top spot with a standout performance in Funny Car qualifying Friday night, the first NHRA four-wide race in two years.

Hight, the runner-up at this year’s season opener, had a run of 3.922-seconds at 327.59 mph in his Camaro at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

If it holds, it would be Hight’s 69th career No. 1 qualifier. Qualifying will continue Saturday.

“I’m glad we’re back finally running a schedule that’s a little more normal,” Hight said. “A month off after a runner-up finish is not much fun because, honestly, I lost that as a driver in the final (in Gainesville). I’ve thought about it 1,000 times in my mind, and I’m ready to get back out there and start racing and redeem myself.”

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the second race of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.