At the end of a long day of racing Sunday at the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers, three drivers stood in the winner’s circle, reflecting on their wins and the constantly changing weather conditions that they and their teams battled all weekend.

As Top Fuel pilot Larry Dixon, Funny Car driver Robert Hight and Pro Stock racer Mike Edwards spoke with the media following the race, one statement was loud and clear—their teams are ready for summer racing in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

“Today was unbelievable,” said Hight, whose Auto Club Ford Mustang not only won the race, but also set the national record for speed at 316.45 mph. “I really give Jimmy (Prock, crew chief) a lot of credit for coming here this weekend and sneaking up on it. He knew he could run big numbers but on the night runs we played it safe. We made eight great runs. When we needed it the most Jimmy pulled it out and he had some confidence.”

Dixon agreed that his win in Bristol gave his team a confidence boost. He said that adapting to challengeing conditions is exactly what his team will need to continue to do during the next few months of summer racing.

“Jason McCulloch (crew chief), Alan Johnson (team manager) and everybody else on the Al-Anabi team did a great job today,” said Dixon. “Jason and the rest of our team worked their tails off. It’s a great team, and I just feel blessed to be a part of it.”

Pro Stock winner Edwards scored his third consecutive win in Bristol Sunday, though it didn’t come easy, given the challenging conditions and the strong competition he faced in Vincent Nobile, Greg Anderson and Erica Enders. The 2009 Full Throttle series world champ recognizes that his team’s ability to change according to the situation will be a vital tool in the next few months.

 “Congrats to my team. They fought hard,” said Edwards. “This car has given us so many headaches. I hope we can build on this.”

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