Ron Capps raced his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T to his 4th consecutive Funny Car victory this season Sun. at the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Park Topeka.
Antron Brown Top Fuel and Tanner Gray Pro Stock were winners in their categories at the 8th event of 24 scheduled in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series.
Ron Capps The Defending world champion ran a 3.924 sec. at 321.42 mph to beat teammate and No. 1 qualifier, Matt Hagan, in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car. Capps is the 1st driver since 2012 to have four consecutive wins in a single season.
Capps said, “I’m just the luckiest dude in the world, I had nothing to do with it I just stepped on the gas at the right time and held the car together in the right lane. We’ve won a championship for a reason and we’ve won four in a row together for a reason. Everyone just gels together.”
Capps out ran Cruz Pedregon, Courtney Force and Robert Hight to get in the finals. Hagan, set both ends of the national record on Sat. with a pass of 3.802 sec. at 338.85 mph, out ran Jack Wyatt, J.R. Todd and teammate Jack Beckman before loosing to Ron Capps in the final round.
In Top Fuel, 3 time winner and defending world champion Antron Brown raced to his 1st career victory at Heartland Park Topeka and his 2nd of this season in his Matco Tools dragster. Brown’s pass of 3.709 sec. at 332.75 mph beat Steve Torrence’s pass of 3.836 sec. at 256.70 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster.
Brown said, “The competition has been so tight that you have to run these cars on edge every lap, We kept our head down and stayed poised. We went out there and raced our hearts out. It feels true exceptional to win here at Topeka. I’ve been wanting to win here for so long.”
To get to the final round, Brown out ran Kebin Kinsley, Shawn Langdon and teammate Leah Pritchett.
In Pro Stock, Tanner Gray won the 2nd Wally of his this season with a pass of 6.580 sec. at 210.87 mph when he beat Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the final round driving his Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro.
Gray said, “I felt like I was pretty consistent all day, My guys gave me a great run car. I definitely wouldn’t be sitting here if it wasn’t for them. They put a lot of hard work into this new car. There’s no doubt we have a championship caliber team.”
Gray out ran Drew Skillman, Greg Anderson and Vincent Nobile to get to the final round.
The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season returns June 2-4 at the 5th annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway