By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Bob Tasca III was in his 11th race as a full-time driver this season. His team went to the final round of the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn.
Yet, NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Ron Capps went 4.234 at 296.37 mph for the win. Tasca, who was piloting the Ford Motorcraft Funny Car, went 4.300 at 286.98 mph.
“This is a great facility, and when you roll into this place you get a special feeling,” Capps said. “Getting to the Winner’s Circle at a track like this is even more special, because you feel like you really had to earn it, and this weekend I am proud of what my team accomplished in some tough conditions.”
This was Tasca III’s first final round appearance since Seattle 2013. In the five years since final rounds, he took some time away from full-time racing and raced part-time.
This was Capps first win of 2018. He also snapped a winless drought that went back to St. Louis in September 2017.
Tasca III now has gone to 11 final round appearances in his career.
Capps has now gone to 114 career final rounds. He is now 1-1 in final rounds this season, as he lost in his previous final round appearance this season.
The California native has won back-to-back races in Bristol. This is his 59th career win, including 58th overall in Funny Car.
He has won at this facility five times. That is the most of any active Funny Car driver.
Capps was 20-10 against Tasca III in previous rounds. However, this was the first time they faced each other in a final round.
Tasca III had the early starting line advantage. Then, Capps quickly went past Tasca III and extended his lead going down the track for the win.
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