For the first time in nearly a year and 20 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events, reigning Funny Car world champion Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS team lost in a first round Sunday in the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
A problem developed in the first round for the NAPA Dodge when the engine lost at least one cylinder that soon left Capps powerless.
“It is so rare for (crew chief Rahn) Tobler and our NAPA AutoCare team to put a cylinder out, maybe two, on the left side. I knew it when I hit the throttle but it’s Sunday and there’s not a whole lot you can do.
“It just finally knocked the (supercharger) belt off. That happens, just not very often to us.”
The series resumes in two weeks at Houston.
Start/Finish: Qualified No. 4/lost in first round to rookie and event finalist Jonnie Lindberg in first round
Points Earned: 40
Points Standing/Total Points: 4th/275 after four of 24 NHRA Mello Yello events
Next Race: April 21-23, NHRA SpringNationals, Houston
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.