Under hot and humid conditions today, Ron Capps was knocked out of the opening round of Funny Car eliminations at the 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park by his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman.

Capps, racing the NAPA Batteries Dodge Charger, had a slight edge at the starting lights, but soon struck the tires, ceding the win to Beckman, who posted a 4.232-second lap at 292.00 mph to Capps' 4.715/187.60.

“We were in the staging lanes,” said Capps, “and John Force came up on the scooter and we listened to every Top Fuel dragster smoking the tires in front of us and nobody was making it down the track. We talked about how this was looking like it was going to turn into a driverís deal and you were going to have to be ready.

“Then, a little bit of cloud cover came in. So, the Funny Cars in front of us actually put down a couple of good numbers. Force went 4.16 in the pair in front of us and we thought the track was starting to cool down at least a little bit. At this track, the downforce the Funny Cars have, compared to the dragsters, really helped them get down the track when none of the dragsters made it down full power. We were a little surprised.

“Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) is still working on some in-house things that we've been trying and we felt really good. We ran a 4.11 in the heat of the day on Saturday in qualifying, so we really felt the car would go right down the track and run a mid-teen. But it didn't happen. Jack ran really good next to us and we got beat.”

Race Facts


(after eleven events)

  1. Robert Hight, 844
  2. John Force, 819
  3. Matt Hagan, 748
  4. Jack Beckman, 724
  5. Ashley Force Hood 705
  6. Bob Tasca III, 6771
  7. Ron Capps, 663
  8. Del Worsham, 5912
  9. Tim Wilkerson, 572
  10. Tony Pedregon, 554

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