Driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Qualified: No. 7 (4.002 E.T. at 317.79 MPH)
E1: 4.005 E.T. at 314.53 MPH defeated Blake Alexander 4.383 E.T. at 212.16 MPH
E2: 4.039 E.T. at 312.28 MPH defeated Shawn Langdon 4.080 E.T. at 309.27 MPH
E3: 4.216 E.T. at 258.86 MPH defeated by Bob Tasca III 4.048 E.T. at 317.87 MPH
As the two-time defending event champion and winningest Funny Car driver in Bristol Dragway history, Ron Capps was looking to make it three-in-a-row on Father’s Day in Thunder Valley. A strong performance on Saturday pitted the No. 7 qualified NAPA AUTO PARTS Funny Car team against No. 10 qualifier Blake Alexander during round one on race day. Capps powered to a clean 4.005-second pass to easily defeat Alexander’s tire-smoking effort and earn lane choice against Shawn Langdon in the second round.
Against Langdon, Capps piloted the NAPA Dodge to the quickest pass of the round (4.039 seconds) to claim the win and earn a bid to the semifinals where he faced eventual race winner Bob Tasca III. In the semis, Capps was nearly even with Tasca leaving the starting line, but his car dropped a cylinder near half-track, and he was forced to give up on the run after drifting near the centerline.
“Obviously, we’re a little bummed we couldn’t get back to the final and have a shot at going three-in-a-row here. Still, we’re exceptionally pleased with how we did on Saturday, getting down the track and earning lane choice with a 4.002 in the heat. That’s typical Rahn Tobler. And then to go three rounds today was good. In the semis, the car got out there a little bit, and then Tasca pulled ahead, and I shut the car off early. We haven’t had a cylinder drop like that early into the run in a long time, so we’ll look at the data and see why it did that.
“It was still a great weekend points-wise, and we’ll keep chugging away. I think this is going to be a fun summer for our NAPA team. We’re starting to hit our stride. Tobler has been able to implement a couple of things into the clutch area that he wanted to, and that means good things for us.”