Reigning world champion Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team lost Sunday in the second round to John Force Racing’s Robert Hight who was able to pass Capps’ Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan for the No. 2 spot behind Capps in the championship standings in the penultimate event of the Mello Yello regular season.
Capps, who qualified eighth for the 500th event of his career this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota, will carry a 116-point lead over Hight and 149 over Hagan into the U.S. Nationals.
Points will be reset after the U.S. Nationals for Capps and the other nine teams that will qualify for the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoff that begins Sept. 15 at Charlotte.
“The big points lead that we’ve had throughout the summer swing really allowed us to try some things we’ve been wanting to try under race conditions to get ready for Indy and the Countdown,” Capps said.
“That was a major matchup for us – big – and unfortunately the car just kind of slowed down at the end. We’re going to see that matchup a lot the rest of this year. I have a feeling the championship’s going to have to go through that team as well as my DSR teammates.”
Start / Finish: Qualified No. 8 / Lost in second round to Robert Hight
Points Earned: 53
Points Standing / Total: 1st / 1,383
Next Race: Sept. 1-4, Indianapolis
How to Watch or Listen: Fox Network live eliminations on Sept. 4, Fox Sports 1 qualifying; NHRA All Access
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR), the winningest team in drag racing history, has raced to claimed more than 340 NHRA national event victories and 17 Mello Yello World Championship titles. Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields professional teams competing in both the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series and Factory Stock Showdown, including the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driven by 2016 World Champion Ron Capps.