Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS team won the NHRA Southern Nationals near Atlanta on Sunday. It is the reigning world champion’s third NHRA Mello Yello title in three weeks that enabled him to extend his points lead.
Capps is making a habit of achieving milestones in his career that spans more than two decades. Last November, the popular driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Funny Car led by crew chief Rahn Tobler and assistant Eric Lane won his first NHRA world championship.
On Sunday, Capps won a third straight Wally Trophy for the first time in his career when he used a quicker reaction time at the starting line to overcome Tim Wilkerson’s quicker Funny Car to get the title in the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
“It’s a pinch me moment. I mean I’ve got such a great team right now,” said Capps, who extended his points lead to 94 over Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan. “It’s cliché to say it, a lot of people say it, but I think our fans understand when I say it. The car speaks for itself here lately. Rahn Tobler and Eric are the dynamic duo.”
Start / Finish: Qualified No. 4 / won final round over Tim Wilkerson for NHRA Southern Nationals title
Points Earned: 115
Points Standing / Total: 1st / 633 after seven of 24 Mello Yello events
Next Race: May 19-21, Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kan.
How to Watch or Listen: Fox Sports 1; 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.