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Ron Capps wins back-to-back U.S. Nationals; defeats J.R. Todd

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ron Capps Motorsports owner Funny Car driver Ron Capps has won the U.S. Nationals. He won the marquee event with a Don Prudhomme Tribute wrap on his 11,000 horsepower Funny Car.

Capps defeated Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car driver J.R. Todd in the final round. The California native went 3.986 at 323.27 mph to get the win.

NAPA Auto Parts sponsored Funny Car driver Ron Capps celebrates his U.S. Nationals win over J.R. Todd at the 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals
Ron Capps celebrates his U.S. Nationals win over J.R. Todd at the 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

Todd, who resides in Florida, went 4.131 at 288.09 mph in the losing effort.

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“You can’t dream this big. I mean, you could hope and you can put all this stuff together and we did it to have some fun to do something cool for Indy,” Capps said. “This just doesn’t happen. You just put this together and hope that it’s going to have some success and you end up winning.

“This is an unbelievable thing. To win here, to win Indy with my brother Antron (Brown) again is massive. This whole week has just been a blast and we earned every bit of it today. It was very cool.”

Capps revealed the Prudhomme tribute before Friday’s qualifying session. Prudhomme even warmed up his Funny Car, too.

“It’s just amazing,” added Prudhomme. “When he first sent me the paint scheme it brought a tear to my eye. I thought ‘This thing’s beautiful.’ It’s just this is something I’m going to remember for a long time.”

Capps held a 15-9 advantage over Todd in the previous events. However, Capps held a 4-1 advantage in prior final rounds before this final-round appearance.

The lone win by Todd over Capps in a final round came at the 2017 U.S. Nationals.

With the win, Capps, now has 76 Funny Car wins. This is his third win of the season.

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Capps has now won two straight U.S. Nationals. He is the first Funny Car driver to win two straight since Todd in 2017 and 2018.

Only four drivers have won back-to-back Funny Car wins since 2000. Outside of Capps and Todd, Mike Neff won back-to-back in 2011 and 2012. Plus, Ashley Force-Hood won back-to-back in 2009 and 2010.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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