Capps wins first No. 1 qualifier of 2020 in Sin City

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ron Capps is the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car at the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil. The NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car pilot went 3.902 at 327.98 mph on Saturday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This is the Carlsbad, California native’s first No. 1 qualifier of the 2020 season. In addition, it is his 25th No. 1 qualifier of his career.

NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car pilot Ron Capps celebrates the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil
Ron Capps celebrates the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil (Photo by the NHRA)

“A great job by (crew chief) Rahn Tobler, Dustin Heim and the guys,” Capps said. “We brought this car out under extreme circumstances for the final round in Gainesville and won, and then we brought it out again in Houston and came close to winning last Sunday. Honestly, we had never warmed the car up until today. Both those final rounds we didn’t get to warm the car up because we were under such pressure and time constraints. Tobler decided to run this car and I kept telling him how much I like this car and I love driving it and my lights are good and it feels right.

“Low and behold, it went out and made a nice, safe run. We had some DSR parts we wanted to try on the first lap, so we had to back it down a bit and just get down there. And then everything was right to plan with the ‘NAPA Know How’ we talk about. We went up there and leaned on the tune-up and that number popped up. It probably had more in it, but at the time that’s what Tobler was trying to do. For me, I wanted to get a Camping World hat and obviously a win would be great, but to steal the No. 1 spot at the last race of the year is a big feather in the cap. Now time to do some big stuff tomorrow.”

Capps’ Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan is the No. 2 qualifier. The Christiansburg, Virginia native went 3.911 at 327.82 mph.

ROKiT Phones/ABK Beer sponsored Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria is the No. 3 qualifier. The Texas native went 3.915 at 322.42 mph.

Funny Car Elimination Ladder:

  • Ron Capps vs. Chris Morel
  • Matt Hagan vs. Cruz Pedregon
  • Alexis DeJoria vs. Terry Haddock
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. vs. Jim Campbell
  • Bob Tasca III vs. Dave Richards
  • Blake Alexander vs. Steven Densham
  • Paul Lee vs. Jack Beckman
  • Tim Wilkerson vs. J.R. Todd.

Two drivers did not qualify. Those drivers were Bobby Bode and Alex Miladinovich.

Bode went 4.755 at 151.92 mph. Miladinovich went 5.440 at 140.08 mph.

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