It is fitting that the penultimate race of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is contested in Las Vegas. Robert Hight and the Auto Club team will need a little bit of luck to go along with their hard work to reel in a surging John Force as they try and win a second Funny Car championship. Hight sits in fourth place but the 2009 Funny Car champion still has his eye on winning another Funny Car championship.

"We are definitely still in it. Mike Neff and I have been talking since Reading and there is no reason we can't get on a roll and do some damage. There are qualifying bonus points out there and we need to go rounds. There are eight rounds of racing left and if you win the last two races you can get 200 points," said Hight.

Hight trails points leader and teammate John Force by 134 points. He is only eight points behind 2012 Funny Car champion Jack Beckman. Matt Hagan, the 2011 Funny Car champion sits in second place. The last four Mello Yello Funny Car champions will be battling down to the wire over the last two races.

"The competition has never been tougher in Funny Car. I won the championship in 2009, then John won, the Hagan and last year Beckman got the championship. We are all coming down to the wire for the championship this year. That is why the Countdown is exciting. It will be battle but we are ready for it," said Hight.

In 2009 when Hight won his first Funny Car championship he took the win at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to essentially lock up his title. Hight has had success at the Las Vegas track winning in the fall and the spring, including a win in 2012 in the desert. Hight knows that familiarity helps when it comes down to crunch time.

"Las Vegas and Pomona are tracks where I have had a lot of success. I feel comfortable racing at Las Vegas because we test here and run her twice. Neff and I have talked about our strategy for this weekend and we feel confident coming into this weekend," said Hight, a two-time winner this season.

"We won the first race of the Countdown in Charlotte and then reached the semi-finals the next two races. Our only misstep was Reading but we put that behind us and we are focusing on winning the last two races. I think we should have a really good shot at the championship if we can pull two more win off," added Hight.

Hight knows that he is trying to ultimately catch the winningest driver in NHRA history John Force. The fifteen time champion has reached the last three finals in the Countdown with back to back wins in St. Louis and Reading. As a former crewman for the championship driver Hight understands he is chasing a legend.

"John is the best and if we can't win this championship we definitely want John to get it. We are one team at John Force Racing but we all want to win. John has had a great season and has been awesome in the Countdown with Jimmy Prock. You can't expect them to make any mistakes. We are going to have to make our own luck and hopefully we can take out as many Countdown cars as possible and then battle John for the championship. We haven't won the last two championships and we don't want to go three years without raising that Mello Yello Funny Car championship trophy," said Hight.