By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
For the third straight race, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T pilot Ron Capps has won. He won the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
He went 3.991 at 317.79 mph in the final round. Capps defeated Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang pilot Tim Wilkerson, who went 3.978 at 316.60 mph.
“It’s a pinch me moment,” he said. “The car speaks for itself lately. This was probably one of the more difficult race tracks to navigate. You really had to be ready for two or three different sets of bumps. It makes for an exciting run but you’re just hoping, at the same time, that your car stays in the groove. Funny Car is just getting tougher and tougher.”
Capps also won the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas during this stretch. Last weekend, he won the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.
Capps is now 3-1 in the final round this season. He’s 53-51 in his career in final rounds.
Prior to this final round, Capps was 35-19 against Wilkerson. He was also 3-2 in final rounds against the driver, tuner and owner in Wilkerson.
Capps got the advantage off of the starting line. Then, he was able to pull away from Wilkerson. Wilk started to catch up after the 300-foot mark, but Capps was able to get the hole shot win.
The reigning Funny Car champion won by 0.0574 seconds, or approximately 27 feet.
“This was probably one of the more difficult racetracks to navigate,” Capps added. “There are some bumps that are still at this racetrack now. I’m not ripping on the track, but it was very, very hard to navigate this track and you really had to be ready for two or three different sets of bumps.
“As a driver, with the front ends the way they are and the laid-back headers, it’s lifting the front end and carrying it half a football field at a time and bouncing it. It makes for an exciting run, but at the same time, you’re just hoping the car stays in the middle of the groove, which ours did.”
Capps is the points leader with 633 points. His Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan is second with 539 points. Living Legend John Force is third with 490 points.
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