By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
NAPA Auto Parts pilot Ron Capps has won his second straight Funny Car race. Capps defeated J.R. Todd in the final round of the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie, Virginia.
Capps went 4.097 at 310.98 mph for the win. Todd had problems almost immediately from the hit and broke.
Todd was not able to go down the track with the problems to his Funny Car.
“Just go up there and not make a mistake was my mindset today,” Capps said. “Tobler told me in the trailer prior to the final round, ‘I don’t know why it smoked the tires all day. Everybody has had problems and we’re just going to put it like we did first round when it went 3.99.’ I rolled it in there and obviously it went a bit slower but that’s what he went up there to do. Vintage Rahn Tobler.”
Prior to this final round appearance, both Todd and Capps had five wins against each other in prior events. In addition, both drivers had a win against each other in the final round.
Capps had the starting line advantage and never trailed in the race. Todd went up in smoke almost immediately at the hit.
As a result, Todd’s parachutes came out almost immediately. The car also stopped around half track.
With the win, Capps picked up his 63rd Wally in his career. This is his 62nd Funny Car win of his career — including the second win this season.
For the first-time, Capps won at Virginia. This is the second straight year that the NHRA has competed at Virginia and the 11th time overall.
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