Robert Hight Wins At Brainerd
The weekend was a strong one for the PEAK team drivers. Robert High won his 35th career event in Funny Car and Clint Bowyer finished fifth at Bristol. Check out how your favorite PEAK team did below.
Robert Hight had to work his way through a tough Funny Car field to win his 35th national event in Brainerd, Minnesota Sunday afternoon. Hight ran a solid 3.956 seconds to Tommy Johnson Jr’s 4.130 in the final to move to seventh in the Funny Car standings heading into the final race of the regular season in Indianapolis.
Right after Hight secured his win, Brittany Force rolled through the water box in search of her first ever Top Fuel event win. Unfortunately, Richie Crampton ran a near national record 3.695 to defeat Brittany’s solid 3.771.
Driving the PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Camaro, John Force advanced to the second round before falling to Tim Wilkerson while Courtney Force had a wild ride in round one, coming up short against John Hale.
Most of the NHRA teams will test this weekend in advance of the NHRA US Nationals Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana. The professional action starts Friday, September 4th.
Clint Bowyer finished fifth in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway after starting ninth and held his own in the early going. The No. 15 raced faster as the race progressed and Bowyer climbed to second with 140 laps remaining. Near disaster struck with 128 laps remaining when the No. 15 suffered slight left rear damage avoiding the Jimmie Johnson/David Ragan accident. Bowyer pitted for new tires and restarted 12th, then used the remaining laps to climb to fifth. He remains 16th in Chase standings, 35 points ahead of 17th and 41 points behind 12th place.
David Ragan finished 40th after starting fourth and drifted to tenth in the early going before charging up to third and in contention for the victory. Ragan raced for fifth with 128 laps remaining when he and Jimmie Johnson made contact coming off turn three. Ragan slid into teammate Clint Bowyer and then into the inside wall. Ragan spent 40 laps behind the wall for repairs before returning to the track in the final laps.
The NASCAR teams return to action Sunday night, September 6th in Darlington, South Carolina.
NHRA SPORTSMAN RACING
Jay Payne advanced to the finals in Top Alcohol Funny Car in Brainerd, but came up short against Chris Foster’s 5.686 to his 5.694. The NHRA sportsman drivers head next to Indianapolis for the US Nationals where Jay Payne is the defending event winner in TAFC.
PBR BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES
Kaique Pacheco, the leading contender for the 2015 PBR Rookie of the Year title, rode his way to the win Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee. Pacheco took home a $75,000 payout in front of a record-setting crowd of 15,150 fans Saturday night.
PEAK / BlueDEF riders Matt Triplett and Nathan Schaper advanced to the fourth round of this eliminations style event. The next event on the PBR BFTS is Friday, September 4th in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
DIRT LATE MODEL RACING
Scott Bloomquist scored his first career win in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on Saturday night after taking the lead from PEAK’s Steve Francis on lap 17 and led the rest of the way for the win. Francis was looking for his second win in his last three starts Lawrenceburg, but a right-rear flat tire ended his night.
PEAK’s other team driver, Don O'Neal, finished the race in ninth and still continues to hold fifth in the series point standings. The Clint Bowyer Racing team returns to action Friday night, August 28th in Imperial, Iowa.
NASCAR PEAK ANTIFREEZE SERIES POWERED BY iRACING
The series had the week off but moves to Phoenix International Raceway, the final short track race of the season on August 25th.