ron capps 3964 run.jpgThis past weekend of NHRA drag racing started strong for the
    Mopar teams as Ron Capps set an NHRA Funny Car class record for ET and speed –
    and it ended just as well with a Charger versus Charger final round that
    crowned Johnny Gray the class champion of the 43rd annual Toyota NHRA

    After the four rounds of qualifying, Ron Capps held onto the
    top spot with his record-setting 3.964 at 320.89 miles per hour while Johnny Gray
    qualified 3rd, Matt Hagan qualified 5th and Jack Beckman
    qualified 9th. 

    In the first round, all four of the Dodge Charger Funny Car
    entries won as Matt Hagan took down Tony Pedregon’s Toyota Camry, Ron Capps
    beat Bob Bode’s Chevrolet Impala, Johnny Gray beat Jim Head’s Toyota Solara and
    Jack Beckman beat the DHL Toyota Camry driven by Jeff Arend.  No Toyota products made it out of the first
    round of the event that sported their company name.

    In round two, Johnny Gray took down series legend John Force
    in a race where Force pulled the early lead off of the starting line but
    daughter Courtney Force knocked Mopar race Matt Hagan on what proved to be a
    very, very close race.  The other two
    Dodge Charger funny cars, piloted by Ron Capps and Jack Beckman, were forced to
    go head to head in a race where Capps grabbed the early lead and never looked

    This set up a pair of final four shootouts between top
    qualifier Ron Capps and Traxxas Mustang driver Courtney Force while Johnny Gray
    went to battle with Auto Club Mustang driver Robert Hight.  In the first race, Capps took the lead at the
    starting line and narrowly beat the daughter of John Force.  In the other pairing, Johnny Gray took the
    holeshot lead over Robert Hight and although Hight ran a quicker time, the
    starting line advantage gave the win to Grey.

    In the finals, Ron Capps pulled the big holeshot over Johnny
    Gray but just past the 60 foot mark, Capp’s record-setting Dodge Charger smoked
    the tires and handed the easy win to Gray in the NTB Charger.

    On the year, Ron Capps is second in the season points
    standings (trailing leader Robert Hight by 157 points) while Johnny Gray’s win
    moved him up to the 4th position – 299 points behind leader Hight.