TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Racing fans are passionate about their sport and their drivers, but it takes a lot of hard work behind the scenes before those drivers can celebrate a team victory.
Current points leader and 2009 Funny Car World Champ, Robert Hight said "It's all about these eight guys, if they don't give my crew chief a perfect car and set it up the same way every time it just doesn't happen and I just don't have a good car to drive."
While races last just four to 5 seconds, victories come quick, but for Robert Hight and his crew, winning is no cheap thrill.
"It's about $10,000 for each run, and that's if it's a good run or a bad run. After each run, everything has to be replaced, taken out and put back in as new and it has to be done the same way every time. They do it in about 30 minutes," said Hight.
Robert is hoping to make his 6th straight finals appearance on the Mello-Yello Series Circuit. Despite the cost and countless hours of hard work, he says you can't put a price of the winners circle...
"There's nothing like it. When you have this kind of momentum you just don't want to stop. You want to keep going and move on to the next city and start again," said Hight.
Races will continue through 9 p.m. Friday evening at Heartland Park Topeka, and start back up Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Purchase tickets at the gates or online at www.hpt.com.