BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Nov. 10, 2015) – It’s been a long 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season but Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Funny Car team might not want to see it end this weekend.
NAPA crew chief Rahn Tobler and the team have been hot and consistent over the past five events by qualifying in the top-five at each race and advancing to the semifinals at the last four in their 2015 Dodge Charger R/T.
“Yeah, our NAPA Dodge has been very solid the last part of the season,” said Ron, who will start racing Friday in the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona, Calif., ranked fourth in points.
“Tobler and the NAPA guys have worked hard all year and they’ve been seeing that pay off.”
The NAPA team, which has won twice in five championship rounds, carry a 39-21 elimination round record and intend for Ron to win his first Finals title and third overall at Pomona.
“I’m excited more so for Pomona than I have been for a long time. We don’t have a chance to win the championship but Tobler has found a lot of little things that has helped and we’re already excited about 2016.”
The NAPA team is 140 out of first place and has a better chance of overtaking Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. who is 43 ahead in third.
“We want to go the (awards banquet Monday night) with all our guys to support our other teams and there’d be nothing better than going with a little headache from celebrating a win at Pomona. That would be the ultimate way to end the season for our NAPA team.”
RON CAPPS: NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T
Last event (Nov. 1, 2015, Las Vegas 2): Qualified No. 5; lost in semifinals to Tommy Johnson Jr.
2015 Winternationals: Qualified No. 6; lost in championship round to Matt Hagan
Career at Pomona Finals: Wins 0; Runner-ups 1 (2008); Poles 1 (2012)
Career at Pomona: Wins 2; Runner-ups 5; Poles 2
*44 FC/1 TF; Best Time, Speed: 3.937 sec., (2015, St. Louis); 327.19 mph (2015, St. Louis)
2015 NHRA Countdown Funny Car Standings
After Las Vegas 2; 5 of 6 in Countdown; 23 of 24 races
|1||Del Worsham (3)||2545||----|
|2||Jack Beckman (7)||2507||-38|
|3||Tommy Johnson, Jr. (3)||2448||-97|
|4||Ron Capps (2)||2405||-140|
|5||Matt Hagan (4)||2361||-184|
|6||Robert Hight (2)||2314||-231|
|7||John Force (1)||2300||-245|
|10||Tim Wilkerson (1)||2227||-318|
Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona Schedule (All times PT)
Friday: 12:30, 3:45 p.m., qualifying
Saturday: 12:45, 3:45 p.m., qualifying
Sunday: 11 a.m., championship eliminations
On ESPN2 (All times ET)
Sunday: 1-3 p.m., qualifying
Sunday: 9 p.m.-12 a.m., championship eliminations
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.