Capps claims top spot at 2019 Summit NHRA Nationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Ron Capps is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Capps went 3.879 at 329.18 mph on Friday night to claim the top spot.

This is his first No. 1 qualifier of the season. It is his first No. 1 qualifier since November 2018 at Pomona.

Funny Car pilot Ron Capps racing on Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Ron Capps racing on Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“It’s so much fun right now,” Capps said. “Obviously we don’t want to get overconfident, the Funny Car class is so tough right now. Right now, most Funny Cars you can count ten of them who are a couple runs away from standing in the winner’s circle and it’ll get tougher after the summer months, which makes this even more special right now. Everyone went up there to throw down and take the No. 1 spot. We’re just having fun right now.”

The Carlsbad, California native will face Bob Bode Jr. In the first-round of eliminations. The Barrington, Illinois native went 4.099 at 280.02 mph.

Living legend John Force is the No. 2 qualifier. The Yorba Linda, California native — who is sponsored by PEAK — went 3.884 at 329.02 mph.

He’ll face Cruz Pedregon in the first-round of eliminations. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 4.053 at 303.84 mph.

McLeod Racing sponsored pilot Paul Lee is the No. 3 qualifier. The Orange, California native went 3.914 at 326.08 mph.

Lee will face Dale Creasy Jr. In the first-round of eliminations. The Beecher, Illinois native went 4.030 at 317.19 mph.

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman is the No. 4 qualifier. The Norco, California native went 3.915 at 329.26 mph.

Beckman will face Jonnie Lindberg in the first-round of eliminations. The Sweden native, who now resides in Brownsburg, Indiana, went 4.024 at 319.82 mph.

Pronto Auto Center Funny Car pilot Blake Alexander is the No. 5 qualifier. The Charlotte, North Carolina native went 3.921 at 314.39 mph.

Alexander will face Shawn Langdon in the first-round of eliminations. The Danville, Indiana native went 3.999 at 315.71 mph.

One year ago, Alexander won his first race at this same facility. At that time, he was driving a Top Fuel Dragster for Bob Vandergriff Racing.

The rest of the field looks like this:

6. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.923, 326.63  mph vs. 11. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.943, 325.85 mph

7. J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.927, 324.90 mph vs. 10. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.938, 297.81 mph

8. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.928, 326.40 mph vs. 9. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.935, 323.04 mph 

Did Not Qualify:

17. Jim Campbell, 4.101, 309.56 mph

18. Terry Haddock, 4.196, 290.01 mph

19. Jeff Diehl, 4.231, 249.21 mph

20. Mike McIntire, 4.883, 160.77 mph

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