By Anthony Caruso III | The Capital Sports Report
On April 26th, 2015, 5:47 PM EST
Three years ago, Ron Capps lost to Jack Beckman for the Funny Car Championship by two points. Today, Capps and Beckman faced each other in the final round of Funny Car at the 28th annual O’Reilly NHRA Springnationals.
Capps defeated Beckman, as he went 4.24 at 258.32 mph. Beckman went 4.48 at 205.16 mph in the losing effort.
“Rohn Tobler [Crew Chief], Don Schumacher in the house, Carlyle Tools, and all the sponsors… It just spun on me,” Capps said in his post-race interview with ESPN. “I thought here comes Beckman around me. Napa Auto Parts has given me the best race car in the world.”
Both cars were close through 660 feet. Then, they each had trouble with the tires and fishtailed.
Capps was able to recover, as Beckman had more trouble with his car. Unfortunately, it was too late for him, as Capps drove past him.
This is Capps’ 45th career win – 44 career wins in Funny Car and a Top Fuel win. He’s the second winningest driver in Funny Car, trailing John Force, who has a 142 wins.
The Napa Know How driver is 24-12 all-time against this teammate. Of the 44 wins, three of them have come against Beckman.
“It was just great,” team owner Don Schumacher added. “To have both Ron Capps and Jack Beckman in the final, with Jimmy Prock [Beckman’s Crew Chief] and Rohn Tobler, their assistant crew chiefs, and all the crew guys. They’ve been doing a great job out here, and to come out here and win this race, hats off to Ron. He did a great job all day long, so did Jack. I’m not taking anything away from anybody.”
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