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Capps defeats Beckman in Bristol

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Napa Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T pilot Ron Capps is dominating the Funny Car ranks. For the fifth-time in 11 races this season, Capps ended a race by holding a Wally.

Capps defeated his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman in the final round at the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. He also avenges last weekend’s win by Beckman at the historic NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.

Ron Capps (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

Ron Capps (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

Capps, the defending Funny Car champion, got the hole shot win with a 4.054 at 317.05 mph pass. Beckman went 4.040 at 319.29 mph.

“We’ve gotten a few lucky rounds, but it’s been preparation in the off-season,” Capps said. “We had runs on Sunday against four of the toughest cars, drivers and crew chiefs combined. You read down the list of people we had to beat in a new car [debuted on Saturday] that was prepared. There are not very many teams that are that prepared to pull a car out and have a quicker set-up than we were.

Capps dedicated his 55th career win to his father on Father’s Day. He also said the Wally will be going to San Luis Obispo, Calif., where he grew up and said it will be a ‘traveling Stanley Cup.’

Prior to this final round, the teammates were 4-4 in final rounds against each other. Capps also held a 32-19 advantage against his teammate.

Capps had the starting line advantage. Then, Beckman was able to catch him by the sixty foot mark.

Capps was able to battle back and get the lead, before pulling away. Beckman appeared to make up ground late, but Capps was still able to get the win.

The reigning champion won by 0.0043 seconds, or approx. 2 feet.

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