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Capps’ hot streak continues in St. Louis

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger pilot Ron Capps has won the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. This is the eighth-time he has won a race this season.

Capps went 3.879 at 331.53 mph. He defeated rookie Head Racing Funny Car pilot Jonnie Lindberg, who went 3.904 at 326.87 mph in the final-round.

Ron Capps (Photo by the NHRA)

Ron Capps (Photo by the NHRA)

The California native has won back-to-back races in the Countdown to the Championship. He also won the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa. last weekend.

The reigning Funny Car champion added to his Funny Car-leading tally with this win. It’s his 58th career win.

“The toughest cars in the Countdown are the ones that didn’t make the Countdown,” Capps said. “We saw that today with Lindberg and Alexis [DeJoria]’s car.

“We fear them more so than we do a lot of the Countdown cars, because you’re trying to race smart. We’re just trying to get as many points as we can get.

Lindberg is now 0-3 in final rounds this season. Capps improved to 8-3 in final rounds this season and 58-53 in final round appearances. He’s 56-52 over his career in Funny Car final rounds.

In prior events, Capps held a 3-1 advantage over the rookie. However, this was the first-time that these two have faced each other in the final round.

Capps and Lindberg were nearly side-by-side off of the starting line. However, past the Christmas tree, Capps pulled away. Lindberg made up some ground around the 330 mark, but Capps held on for the win.

He won by 0.0267 seconds, or approx. 13 feet. He now holds a 26 point lead over Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car pilot Robert Hight.

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