By Patrick Rall
Tonight during the second round of qualifying for the Toyota
NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown New Jersey, Ron Capps and his 2012 NAPA Dodge
Charger funny car tore down the 1,000 foot track in just 3.964 seconds with a
trap speed of 320.89 – both of which are new records for the NHRA Funny Car
Ron Capps came out for the first round of qualifying early
Friday afternoon with his Don Schumacher Racing NAPA Dodge Charger, turning a
solid time of 4.079 seconds at 309.56 miles per hour. This put him in the third spot after round
one, trailing Mike Neff’s 4.052s and Robert Hight’s 4.077. The second round of qualifying Friday night
in Englishtown was so quick that 6 of the 20 cars in the field turned better
times than Neff’s top time from round one.
Most importantly, Ron Capps and his NAPA Charger came out fast and hard –
running an incredible time of 3.964 seconds at 320.89 miles per hour.
Both the elapsed time and trap speed are new records for the
Funny Car class, with his time beating the old ET record of 3.995 held by
fellow Charger driver Matt Hagan and his trap speed badly beating Jack
Beckman’s record speed of 318.99mph. Beckman
was also running a Charger funny car when he set his record last year.
Other notable Mopar racers in the Funny Car field for Englishtown
after the first two rounds of qualifying are Johnny Gray in his NTB/Service
Central Charger (3rd spot, 4.022 at 318.84), Matt Hagan in his Aaron’s Charger (5th spot, 4.035s,
306.05) and Jack Beckman in his Sandvik Charger (9th spot, 4.065s, 313.73).
Over in Pro Stock, the top qualifying Mopar entry so far is
Allen Johnson in the Team Mopar/J&J Racing Avenger (2nd spot)
while Vincent Nobile is currently 4th in the Mountain View Tire
Avenger and V. Gaines in 10th
with the Kendall Oil Avenger. Jeg
Coughlin in the Jeg’s Avenger has not yet qualified for the field but there are
two more rounds of qualifying set for Saturday.
Image courtesy of Schumacher Racing FB