The NHRA made its way to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend. The Traxxas/John Force Racing Team had the opportunity to make this weekend a statisticians dream in the gambling capital of the world. John Force Racing had the potential to go 4 for 4 on the 2012 season and defend their Spring Las Vegas Wally. A win would also make it three years in a row for JFR. What would be more impressive would be if Robert Hight were to take the win, making it 3 in a row AND defending his Las Vegas Win from last year! What would the odds of that be? Apparently the odds are pretty good, because that’s exactly what John Force Racing did!
It was an extremely windy weekend at the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals and it must have blown the luck from Las Vegas Boulevard right over to Robert Hight’s pit. Being the only Traxxas/John Force Racing car to make it past round 1 of competition, the odds were against the entire team during Sundays race. However, Robert Hight rolled the dice, stacked the deck, and went all in to take home the victory yet again this season. The win moved him past fellow teammate Mike Neff to take a commanding lead in the NHRA Funny Car points, 399 to 316.
The Traxxas Funny Car driven by Courtney Force had a roller-coaster weekend at The Strip. Courtney had made only one good pass going into the final qualifier on Saturday. She was qualified 12th sitting on the fence with a 4.274 at 291.70mph, but the Traxxas team raised the bet for the last round of the day. Courtney laid down a 4.147 at 309.91mph, which ended up qualifying her in 4th place for Sundays race. The team and driver confidence was high for round 1 of competition, but lady luck had other plans. The Traxxas Funny Car appeared to have mechanical problems around the 330’ marker during its pass. The car appeared to have dropped a cylinder, which subsequently led to a motor failure; this caused the parachutes to deploy the lack of engine down force caused the car to get out of shape. Courtney did a great job keeping the car under control.
Traxxas was on site with our entire mobile support team. Fans were able to stop by and test-drive a Traxxas Slash on our Try-Me Track, drive on-road cars on the carpet track, ask questions about any of our vehicles, meet the lovely Traxxas Girls, and watch professional drivers demonstrate the excitement of Traxxas vehicles. We had our full line of Traxxas vehicles on display and fans were able to take their favorite home from our mobile hobby store, and two lucky fans walked away with a free Traxxas Slash apiece.
John and Courtney Force managed to hang on to their 5th and 7th place points positions, respectively. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout still only has two drivers qualified to race: John Force and Robert Hight. Staying high in the points has now become even more important since it is likely that the standings will decide the remaining entries into the race. The NHRA makes its next stop at the 4 Wide Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Traxxas/John Force Racing Team will be there, will you?