By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car qualifier Ron Capps is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the Auto Club NHRA Nationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. The Carlsbad, California native picked up the top spot during the fourth qualifying session.
Capps went 3.848 at 331.53 mph. With that pass, he secured the No. 1 qualifier and took the top spot away from both his Don Schumacher Racing teammates, Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr., who was the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday night.
“The fans are going to be in for unbelievable racing tomorrow,” Capps stated. “It will be a nice warm Southern California day but it is going to be good track conditions and it won’t be messy or greasy. I can’t think of a better place to race.”
He’ll face Ray Martin on Sunday. Martin went 4.183 at 259.31 mph.
Beckman — the Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot — was the No. 2 qualifier. The Norco, California native went 3.867 at 330.96 mph.
He’ll face Jeff Arend on Sunday. The La Verne, California went 4.116 at 303.37 mph.
Johnson Jr. — the Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot — was the No. 3 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 3.867 at 326.40 mph.
Johnson Jr. will face Cruz Pedregon on Sunday. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 4.065 at 300.20 mph.
DHL Funny Car Funny Car pilot J.R Todd — the points leader going into Sunday’s finale — was the No. 4 qualifier. The Lawrenceburg, Indiana native went 3.897 at 327.82 mph.
Todd will face Jim Campbell on Sunday. The Huntington Beach, California native went 4.000 at 309.70 mph.
AAA of Southern California Funny Car pilot Robert Hight was the No. 5 qualifier. The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.915 at 327.98 mph.
Hight will face Bob Tasca III on Sunday. The Hope, Rhode Island went 3.991 at 320.20 mph.
Funny Car Elimination Pairings:
1. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.848, 331.53 mph vs. 16. Ray Martin, Toyota Camry, 4.183, 259.31 mph
2. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.867, 330.96 mph vs. 15. Jeff Arend, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.116, 303.37 mph
3. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.867, 326.40 mph vs. 14. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.065, 300.20 mph
4. J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.897, 327.82 mph vs. 13. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.000, 309.70 mph
5. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.915, 327.98 mph vs. 12. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.991, 320.20 mph
6. Courtney Force, Camaro, 3.920, 313.58 mph vs. 11. Bob Bode, Mustang, 3.981, 318.24 mph
7. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.931, 321.81 mph vs. 10. John Force, Camaro, 3.975, 320.36 mph
8. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.946, 323.50 mph vs. 9. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.950, 320.97 mph
Three Funny Cars did not qualify for the show. The No. 17 qualifier was Terry Haddock — who had a bad car fire on Friday — went 4.253 at 260.56 mph.
The No. 18 qualifier was Jonnie Lindberg. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 4.452 at 286.01 mph.
The No. 19 qualifier was “The Surfer” Jeff Diehl. The Monterey, California native went 4.632 at 190.35 mph.
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