Ron Capps advanced to the Funny Car quarterfinals on Sunday, June 27 at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, posting two solid laps in 90-degree ambient heat and track temperatures reaching 128 degrees.
Driving the Mopar HEMI-powered NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car from the fifth starting position, Capps won his opening-round match-up out of the left lane over Bob Bode with a less-than-perfect 4.333-second elapsed time at 273.66 mph, then met up with Robert Hight in the second round for a close contest, without lane choice. Out of the right lane, Capps took the lead at the starting beams (.096 reaction time for Capps, .104 for Hight - .000 is perfect), relinquished it after 60 feet and regained it at 330 feet, until Hight nipped him at the finish line, posting a winning 4.235/288.70 to Capps' close but losing 4.277/277.43
Capps’ Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and Mopar-powered Funny Car compatriot, Jack Beckman, also advanced to the quarterfinal round. Beckman qualified No. 3 and defeated Jim Head in the opening stanza before losing to Del Worsham. The third member of the DSR Funny Car crew, Matt Hagan, had high hopes after qualifying No. 2 in his Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T, but the rising star saw his day end in an opening-round loss to Jeff Arend.
Hagan remains third in the NHRA Funny Car standings, with Beckman fourth and Capps eighth. Next up is the 23rd NHRA Northwest Nationals in Kent, Wash., July 9–11.