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Capps explodes, gets the win

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ron Capps, who was piloting his NAPA Know How Dodge Charger R/T, got his first win of the season despite blowing up near the finish line at the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Capps had problems going down the track prior to the explosion.

Capps outran Robert Hight, who was disqualified after hitting both of the finish line timing blocks. The reigning champion went 4.004 at 284.33 mph, while Hight went 4.107 at 202.88 mph in his AAA Texas Chevy Camaro.

Ron Capps (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

Ron Capps (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

“These things become so hard to win these days,” Capps said. “But you take things for granted, where I felt like we should’ve won at any of those first three races of the season. NHRA Mell Yello Funny Car Division has to be the most competitive thing in the world right now; its cut-throat.”

This is Capps’ 51st career win – and his third win at Royal Purple Raceway. He has 47 career wins in Funny Car.

Prior to this race, Hight had Capps number, as he was 30-23 in previous events. He was also 3-1 in the final round against him.

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