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Capps defeats Hagan in Topeka

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

For the fourth straight time this season, Napa Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T pilot Ron Capps was the Funny Car driver holding a Wally at the end of the event. Capps defeated his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan to win the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Park Topeka.

Capps — the reigning Funny Car champion — went 3.924 at 321.42 mph to get the win. Hagan — the No. 1 qualifier, who set the quickest run in NHRA history on Saturday — went 3.985 at 3.18.92 mph in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T.

Ron Capps (Photo by NHRA)

Ron Capps (Photo by NHRA)

Capps is the first driver to win four straight wins in a season since John Force Racing’s Robert Hight accomplished the feat in 2012.

“I’m just the luckiest dude in the world,” Capps said. “I had nothing to do with it. I just stepped on the gas at the right time and held the car together in the right lane. We’ve won a Championship for a reason and we’ve won four in a row together for a season. Everyone just gels together.”

Prior to this event, Capps led Hagan 25-19. However, Hagan had the 4-3 advantage in the final round.

Capps is now 54-51 in the final round, according to Dragracecentral.com. However, his Funny Car record is 53-50.

This season he’s now 4-1 in the final round. The only loss came to Hagan in the final round at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, Ariz.

The two drivers were almost even at the Christmas tree. Then at 60 feet, Capps was a little behind of his teammate.

He was then able to catch Hagan and increase his lead until the end. Capps won the race by 30 feet.

Hagan had an oil down on the track near the shutdown area. This is his fourth oil down of the season — and he’ll lose $4,000 and 15 points.

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