Capps wins BIR Funny Car title

  • Article by: NEWS SERVICES
  • Updated: August 19, 2013 - 12:13 AM

Third Funny Car win earns spot in season-ending Countdown.

hide

Funny Car racer Ron Capps tried to kiss Charlotte Lucas, co-founder of Lucas Oil, after winning the Funny Car final at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday. Capps topped Matt Hagen with a low E.T. of 4.063 seconds and a top speed of 312.28 mph.

Photo: Steve Kohls, Brainerd Dispatch via Associated Press

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

– Ron Capps earned his third Funny Car win of the season Sunday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Capps defeated Don Schumacher Racing teammate and points leader Matt Hagan in the final.

Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), who overcame an engine fire in the first round, and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also were winners in their respective categories.

Capps, driving his Dodge Charger, won with a run of 4.063 seconds at 312.28 miles per hour, to Hagan’s losing pass of 4.095 at 312.78 in the tightly contested championship round. Capps rebounded to win for the 41st time in his career after failing to qualify for the previous event in Seattle.

His team also overcame an engine explosion during qualifying on Saturday that forced the team to use a backup Funny Car body for eliminations.

Capps knocked off Del Worsham, Jack Beckman and Tim Wilkerson to reach the final round.

“That is the nature of our sport and for sure the Funny Car division,” said Capps, who earned the 11th Funny Car win for Don Schumacher Racing in 2013. “It is a fun class, but that final round just epitomizes how tight our category is right now. You have to be on your absolute best and I wasn’t today as a driver, but Rahn [Tobler, crew chief] made up for it and man, wow, what a weekend.”

With the win, Capps was able to secure his entry into the Funny Car field for the Countdown to the Championship, while moving to second place in points.

Capps joined Hagan, who earlier qualified for the six-race playoffs, as well as Johnny Gray, Cruz Pedregon and John and Courtney Force as drivers who earned berths during the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.

Defending world champion Beckman also earned a berth in the Countdown.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Kansas City - B. Chen 11:05 AM
Cleveland - C. Kluber
Cincinnati - T. Cingrani 11:35 AM
Pittsburgh - B. Cumpton
Chicago WSox - J. Quintana 12:08 PM
Detroit - M. Scherzer
St. Louis - L. Lynn 12:10 PM
NY Mets - B. Colon
Minnesota - R. Nolasco 12:10 PM
Tampa Bay - E. Bedard
Arizona - M. Bolsinger 1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs - E. Jackson
San Diego - E. Stults 6:05 PM
Washington - J. Zimmermann
Baltimore - B. Norris 6:07 PM
Toronto - D. Hutchison
NY Yankees - C. Sabathia 6:10 PM
Boston - F. Doubront
Oakland - S. Kazmir 7:10 PM
Houston - B. Oberholtzer
Philadelphia - K. Kendrick 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - D. Haren
Indiana 6:00 PM
Atlanta
Oklahoma City 7:00 PM
Memphis
LA Clippers 9:30 PM
Golden State
Boston 7:00 PM
Detroit
Colorado 8:30 PM
Minnesota
San Jose 9:30 PM
Los Angeles

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who wins tonight's Game 4?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close