Capps Wins All-Mopar Final at Sonoma

By Auto News Log • July 20th, 2010

Racing the Mopar HEMI®-powered NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ron Capps won his first race in three final rounds of the season on Sunday, July 18, at the FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals in Sonoma, Calif. It was also his 31st national event win in 65 final rounds, including back-to-back finals (Seattle last week).

With the win, Capps moved into fifth in the rankings and clinched a spot in the Countdown to 1 playoffs. It also marked the first race win for Capps since John Medlen came on board as crew chief three races ago, after joining Don Schumacher Racing to tune the DieHard Dodge for driver Matt Hagan in March 2010.

Capps dismissed Seattle winner Tim Wilkerson, Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T drivers Melanie Troxel and his DSR teammate Matt Hagan before meeting up with his other DSR teammate Jack Beckman, the No. 1 Qualifier in his own Dodge Charger R/T, in the final. Capps launched a tick later than Beckman but was in the lead by the 60-foot mark and held it to the finish, grabbing the victory with a 4.169/296.44 over Beckman’s 4.210/298.93

“It’s all confidence,” said Capps. “Confidence is built on success. We’ve been testing a lot of things all season long. And, obviously when John (Medlen) went over to Matt Hagan’s car we saw what happened over there. Matt won two races, set the national record. And I’ve always wanted to work with John.”

With Beckman now third in the Funny Car standings and Hagan fourth, Mopar-powered DSR drivers own the 3-5 spots. Next up is the final race of the Western Swing, the 31st annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., July 23-25. For more information on the NHRA, visit

Source: Mopar Speed


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