Robert Hight won his second straight Funny Car Wally of 2022 while Mike Salinas took home the hardware in Top Fuel along side Aaron Stanfield in Pro Stock. The latter two scored their first wins of the new season to close out an amazing weekend of racing at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
"We went we went through quite a bit to get the right synergy," said Salinas. "NHRA racing, it's a tough game, and if you don't have all the parts and pieces and the people in place, you're not going to do very well."
"Rob is a brilliant man, very smart, very calm, relaxed, calculated. He told me he'll see me in the final, he knows he knows the way this car is running. You look at our runs and it was pretty crazy and I was blown away because it's running so good and not hurting anything. The bearings are like brand new steel. It's amazing."
"You have no idea what it's like to win one race in the Funny Car class," said Hight. "I still feel it's the toughest class out here. From top to bottom, it's stacked, and on any given weekend, somebody could step up and win. So to go and win two in a row, in this day and age. That is amazing."
"I'm very fortunate to get to drive this thing right now. It's what you dream about and you know, it's not going to get any easier from here on out. You got big battles last weekend with Capps and this weekend with Hagan, and you're going to see a lot of these battles all year long."
"I don't think you can write it any better than that," Stanfield said. "My wife sent me a picture today of Oakleigh with her little onesie on that said 'Daddy's No. 1 fan,' so definitely a lot of emotions and a lot of good memories crammed into a couple of weeks."
"I had a really good hot rod or all weekend and she bailed me out a couple of times today. It definitely wasn't my best day behind the wheel, but they say when it's your day, and today I guess I did just good enough as a driver to win. I can't thank the Elite guys enough for giving me a bad-to-the-bone hot rod."
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