Robert Hight earns 3rd Funny Car victory in a row

COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) Robert Hight raced to his third Funny Car victory in a row and fourth overall this season on Monday at the rain-delayed NHRA Southern Nationals.

Hight, the 2009 Funny Car world champion, defeated John Force Racing teammate Courtney Force in a thrilling final at Atlanta Dragway with a performance of 4.049 seconds at 315.05 mph in his Ford Mustang.

Force, who was trying to earn the 100th victory for women in NHRA history, trailed in her Mustang with a 4.117 at 316.01. It was the sixth final-round appearance in a row for Hight, who extended the John Force Racing team’s consecutive final round streak to 14 races.