Atlanta: NHRA Star Ron Capps Claims 34th Funny Car Title
Ron Capps is flat out stoked.
Oakley’s NHRA Star claimed his 34th NHRA Funny Car Title with an impressive victory over Robert Hight in the final round at Atlanta Dragway on Sunday.
“I’ve been to the final round here four times and it couldn’t mean more to finally win here, especially for NAPA AUTO PARTS because their headquarters are in Atlanta,” Ron said, rocking his Oakley eyewear, fire suit, racing gloves, racing boots and more. “Mike Rearden with NAPA has been such a big supporter and this Wally (trophy) is going to him.”
Charging into the Finals after a solid qualifying round behind Hight, the victory was Ron’s first with his new crew chief, Rahn Tobler, who began working with the team after it failed to qualify for the April 15 race in Las Vegas.
“We had a rough spot back in April when we didn’t qualify for the Las Vegas race but I knew good things would happen when Don (Schumacher) decided to move Rahn Tobler over to our team as crew chief,” he continued. “I’ve learned so much from listening to him already. He’s made me a better driver and I think he helped restart my career.”
The triumph makes Ron the first driver this season to claim a title outside of Oakley-backed John Force Racing.
A huge congrats from the Oakley family on the killer win!
Event winner: Ron Capps
No. 1 qualifier: Robert Hight (4.104 sec., 308.35 mph)
Ron Capps, NAPA BRAKES Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 2
Round 1: CAPPS (4.148 sec., 305.77 mph) def. Dan Wilkerson (4.806, 170.88)
Round 2: CAPPS (4.165, 303.57) def. Matt Hagan (4.328, 280.19)
Semifinals: CAPPS ( 4.164, 304.05) def. Jeff Arend (6.201, 113.28)
Final: CAPPS (4.166, 303.91) def. Robert Hight (4.399, 273.44)
1. Robert Hight, 702 2t. Ron Capps, 499 2t.. Mike Neff, 499 4. Cruz Pedregon, 403 5. Johnny Gray, 384 6. Jack Beckman, 377 7. Bob Tasca, 358 8. John Force, 354 9. Jeff Arend, 324 10. Courtney Force, 320 11. Bob Bode, 260 12. Matt Hagan, 255