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Capps Wins Dodge NHRA Nationals in Mopar-powered Dodge Charger Funny Car

Capps Wins Dodge NHRA Nationals in Mopar-powered Dodge Charger Funny Car

Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Ron Capps wins 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pennsylvania
Win is seventh of season for Capps and 13th for Mopar HEMI® power from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) in Funny Car this year
Victory is 56th of Capps’ career in Funny Car category
Mopar HEMI-powered Dodge Funny Cars from DSR have reached 17 final rounds in 20 events to date in 2017
Three Mopar Dodge Funny Cars from DSR reach semifinals, all go to at least second round
Leah Pritchett and Tony Schumacher finish in second round in Mopar Top Fuel dragsters
Capps regains Funny Car points lead at conclusion of second event in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs, Schumacher sits fifth to lead Mopar in Top Fuel
Three Mopar-powered cars reach quarterfinals of Super Stock Eliminator Continue reading Capps Wins Dodge NHRA Nationals in Mopar-powered Dodge Charger Funny Car

PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Funny Car driver John Force still dreams of title despite early Reading exit

PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Funny Car driver John Force
still dreams of title despite early Reading exit

READING, Pa. (Sept. 24) – John Force and the PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS team still dream of winning a championship despite an early exit in Sunday’s NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, the second race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to the Championship.

Force, the No. 13 qualifier, fell to No. 4 Jonnie Lindberg in the opening round of the race, despite having a better reaction time. Force got the edge by three hundredths of a second – .053 seconds to Lindberg’s .089 seconds – but Lindberg took control at the 60-foot mark. The pair ran side-by-side before the rear tires on Force’s car started smoking, causing him to slow. Lindberg’s car suffered no glitches, and he moved on to the second round. Continue reading PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Funny Car driver John Force still dreams of title despite early Reading exit

Despite second-round stumble, Auto Club driver Robert Hight still a threat in Funny Car title race

Despite second-round stumble, Auto Club driver
Robert Hight still a threat in Funny Car title race

READING, Pa. (Sept. 24) – Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight knew he wouldn’t just waltz to the 2017 Funny Car championship.

Hight took over the points lead after his win in Charlotte last weekend that kicked off the Countdown to the Championship. But in the second race, the NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway, Hight and his Chevrolet Camaro SS team hit a bit of a speed bump. Continue reading Despite second-round stumble, Auto Club driver Robert Hight still a threat in Funny Car title race

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force races to Reading final for second consecutive runner-up finish

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force races to
Reading final for second consecutive runner-up finish

READING, Pa. (Sept. 24) – Courtney Force took her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS to her second consecutive finals in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway, and cut further into the Funny Car points lead with a runner-up finish. Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force races to Reading final for second consecutive runner-up finish

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force surges into Top Fuel title contention with Reading victory

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force surges into
Top Fuel title contention with Reading victory

READING, Pa. (Sept. 24) – Monster Energy driver Brittany Force served notice that she is a championship contender by storming by two past champions and the current Top Fuel points leader in winning the NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway.

Force moved up to third in the Countdown to the Championship standings, one point out of second and 23 behind leader Steve Torrence. Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force surges into Top Fuel title contention with Reading victory

Quick, consistent Monster Energy dragster has Brittany Force excited for Reading race day

Quick, consistent Monster Energy dragster has
Brittany Force excited for Reading race day

READING, Pa. (Sept. 23) – Brittany Force’s Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster has performed more like a Sportsman bracket car during qualifying for the NHRA Nationals this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway.

She qualified the Monster Energy car in the No. 4 spot for Sunday’s eliminations, and with such a consistent, quick car, Force is ready to chase her second victory of the 2017 season. Continue reading Quick, consistent Monster Energy dragster has Brittany Force excited for Reading race day

Auto Club driver Robert Hight chases second consecutive Countdown victory from No. 1 spot in Reading

Auto Club driver Robert Hight chases second consecutive Countdown victory from No. 1 spot in Reading

READING, Pa. (Sept. 23) – The only things that seems to slow down NHRA driver Robert Hight and his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS these days are his parachutes.

But Hight didn’t even need them in the final qualifying session for the NHRA Nationals on Saturday at Maple Grove Raceway.

Hight had just secured the sixth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 55th of his career with his run in Q4, but when he pulled the parachutes to slow the car, they didn’t blossom.
Continue reading Auto Club driver Robert Hight chases second consecutive Countdown victory from No. 1 spot in Reading

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force snares No. 8 qualifying position for Reading’s NHRA Nationals

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force snares No. 8 qualifying position for Reading’s NHRA Nationals

READING, Pa. (Sept. 23) – Courtney Force knows she has a fast hot rod come race day. That’s why she’ll put qualifying behind her after a rare mid-pack performance during the first two days of the NHRA Nationals this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway.

Force, in the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, turned in a best effort of 3.935 seconds at 321.88 mph in Friday’s second round. She was unable to improve in either of Saturday’s efforts, striking the tires in both runs. But Force, who has a class-leading seven No. 1s this season, remained upbeat heading into Sunday’s elimination rounds. Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force snares No. 8 qualifying position for Reading’s NHRA Nationals

John Force lands PEAK Chevrolet in the No. 13 qualifying position for Reading’s NHRA Nationals

John Force lands PEAK Chevrolet in the No. 13
qualifying position for Reading’s NHRA Nationals

READING, Pa. (Sept. 23) – John Force will seek an eighth NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car victory in Sunday’s NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway from the No. 13 qualifying position.

Force, gunning for a 17th Funny Car title, had a best qualifying pass of 3.978 seconds at 324.12 mph in the PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS, improving on his career-best run at the track despite lifting early. He ran in the four-second range twice Saturday, unable to surpass Friday’s second-round effort. Continue reading John Force lands PEAK Chevrolet in the No. 13 qualifying position for Reading’s NHRA Nationals

Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight tops 339 mph again to lead Reading qualifying

Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight
tops 339 mph again to lead Reading qualifying

READING, Pa. (Sept. 22) – Auto Club of Southern California Funny Car driver Robert Hight kept rolling on the first day of the NHRA Nationals on Friday at Maple Grove Raceway, speeding to the provisional No. 1 spot with the track-record for elapsed time as well as speed.

Hight kicked off the six-race Countdown to the Championship by winning last weekend in Charlotte, taking over the Funny Car points lead in the process. Continue reading Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight tops 339 mph again to lead Reading qualifying

PEAK Chevrolet driver John Force hopes to capitalize on Reading success this weekend

PEAK Chevrolet driver John Force hopes
to capitalize on Reading success this weekend

READING, Pa. (Sept. 19) – Sixteen-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion John Force is no stranger to success at Maple Grove Raceway.

The Yorba Linda, Calif., driver and living drag racing legend has seven victories and 14 finals appearances at the east Pennsylvania track, but hopes for an eighth victory this weekend as the Countdown to the Championship moves north from North Carolina. Continue reading PEAK Chevrolet driver John Force hopes to capitalize on Reading success this weekend

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force heads to Reading with momentum, seeking another strong race

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force heads to
Reading with momentum, seeking another strong race

READING, Pa. (Sept. 19) – Courtney Force was oh, so close to winning her first race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season last weekend at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.

That she was defeated by a teammate and current Funny Car points leader, Robert Hight, in the final round made it no less easy to handle. Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force heads to Reading with momentum, seeking another strong race

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force ready to keep rolling at Reading

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force
ready to keep rolling at Reading

READING, Pa. (Sept. 19) – Monster Energy driver Brittany Force is in her fifth season in a Top Fuel dragster and just started her third Countdown to the Championship.

Each year, Force has improved, finishing seventh in 2015 and sixth last season. She’s learned how to deal with the pressure of contending for a title, and she intends to put those lessons learned to good use in the NHRA Nationals this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway – the second of six Countdown races. Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force ready to keep rolling at Reading

Funny Car points leader Robert Hight gunning for 340 mph with Auto Club Chevrolet in Reading

Funny Car points leader Robert Hight gunning for
340 mph with Auto Club Chevrolet in Reading

READING, Pa. (Sept. 19) – What does Robert Hight do for an encore?

How about 340 miles per hour?

Hight, driver of the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS, won the first race of the Countdown to the Championship last weekend in Charlotte, taking over the Funny Car points lead in the process.

Now, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads to Maple Grove Raceway for the NHRA Nationals this weekend in Round 2 of the championship-determining segment of the season.

And, in addition, to wanting to build on his 44-point lead in the Funny Car standings, Hight has another number in mind.

He already holds the national record for elapsed time (3.793 seconds) and speed (339.87 mph) and was the first Funny Car driver in the 3.7-second range. But Hight would love to add to his legacy by being the first to top 340 mph.

“I look forward to it, because you know that elusive 340 mph run is out there,” Hight said. “I know we can get it. We’ve made the first part of a run, and different parts of the second half of a run. If you put them together, it’ll run over 340. You just have to have the conditions.

“It’d be cool to get that barrier. We were the first in the 3.70s this year, so to be the first in the 340s, that’s one that will stick for a long, long time. Maple Grove is a perfect place to do that.”

If Hight were to go faster than 340 mph this weekend, he’d do it in the 300th race of his career. He started driving at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., in 2005, and his piled up some impressive numbers since.

Hight has 40 victories, 62 final-round appearances and 54 No. 1 qualifiers in 299 races – and won the 2009 Funny Car championship.

Hight’s performance prowess this season began when John Force Racing team owner John Force decided to move crew chief Jimmy Prock and co-crew chief Chris Cunningham to Hight’s Auto Club team in March. Prock, still adjusting to JFR’s six-disc clutch, took a few races to get rolling, but Hight has been spectacular since.

He’s won three of the last six races and grabbed five No. 1 qualifiers since the beginning of June. Hight had qualified third or better in the last 11 races, but that streak was snapped by a No. 6 starting spot in Charlotte – not that it stopped Hight.

“We’ve had a great race car over the last 15 races – in hot or cold conditions,” Hight said. “We’ve been collecting a lot of those little bonus points along the way, and I think that’s what you’re going to have to do in this Countdown. It’s almost impossible to have six great races, so if you have one bad one but collect a lot of qualifying points, that can make up for a bad race.”

Two qualifying rounds each are scheduled for Friday (2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. Eastern) and Saturday (1:30 and 4), with final eliminations slated for noon on Sunday.

Fox Sports 1 will television one hour of qualifying on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (live) and Sunday at 2 a.m. FS1 will broadcast three hours of live coverage on Sunday at 2 p.m.

4-Second Reads:
Robert Hight has competed in 12 races at Maple Grove Raceway, and has qualified for every race since 2005, his rookie season.
Hight has one victory at Reading – winning in 2011, defeating Johnny Gray in the finals. Overall, he has two finals appearances.
Hight is 10-11 all-time in 21 elimination rounds at Reading.
Hight has qualified No. 1 once at Reading – in 2015. His qualifying run was the second largest margin of time between a top qualifier and No. 2 qualifier, as he was nearly three tenths of a second quicker than the second-best qualifier.
Hight is 5-7 in 12 first-round elimination matchups at Reading.
Hight’s 40 victories are the fourth most in Funny Car history, behind John Force (148); Ron Capps (55); and Tony Pedregon (43). He is tied with pro stock driver Kurt Johnson; former pro stock driver Mike Edwards; and current pro stock motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec for 19th on the all-time professional victories list.
Hight recorded his 400th elimination-round win Aug. 20 at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota. His 406 round wins are 23rd all-time in NHRA’s professional categories and sixth all-time in Funny Car. He is 14 round wins behind Jim Yates (pro stock) for 22nd all-time.
Hight has been the No. 1 qualifier five times this season, and four times in the last seven races. His 54 No. 1s are third most in Funny Car history, and 11th across all professional categories. Only Force (155) and Cruz Pedregon (61) have more in the category. Hight is also two No. 1s behind Joe Amato and Mike Edwards for a tie for ninth all-time.
In 2017, Hight has three victories, a 33-16 record in elimination rounds, and five No. 1 qualifiers. He holds a season-best 38 elimination-round wins in a season, in 2014. He has surpassed 30 elimination-round wins in a season eight times in 12 seasons.
Hight has set the fastest event speed a career-best 10 times this season, which exceeds his previous season-best of seven set in his rookie season, 2005. He now has 51 fastest event speeds in his career, the 50th coming in July at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, where he set the NHRA record at 339.87 mph.
Hight now holds six track records for elapsed time (five of which have been set this season) and nine track records for speed (all of which have been set this season).
Hight has five final rounds this season and 62 in his career.
Hight has competed in 161 consecutive races, tied for 17th all-time with Doug Kalitta, dating back to the second race at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., in 2010. It is also tied for the eighth longest active streak, also with Kalitta.
Most recent NHRA victory – 2017 NHRA Carolina Nationals in Concord, N.C.
Most recent No. 1 qualifying effort – 2017 NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.
Best time/speed at Reading – 3.922 seconds (2015 Q); 329.34 mph (2015 Q)
Best time/speed of career – 3.793 seconds (2017 Brainerd Q2; quickest elapsed time in Funny Car history); 339.87 mph (2017 Sonoma Q2; fastest speed in NHRA history)

16-time champion’s message after Charlotte: ‘Don’t worry about ol’ John Force’

16-time champion’s message after Charlotte:
‘Don’t worry about ol’ John Force’

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 17) – John Force wanted more out of his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet in the NHRA Carolina Nationals on Sunday at zMAX Dragway, but John Force Racing won the race in an all-JFR final between winner Robert Hight and Courtney Force.

John Force advanced to the quarterfinals with his Chevrolet Camaro SS before falling to his youngest daughter, Courtney, in a terrific race. Continue reading 16-time champion’s message after Charlotte: ‘Don’t worry about ol’ John Force’

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force jumps to fourth in points with semifinal finish in Charlotte

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force jumps to
fourth in points with semifinal finish in Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 17) – Monster Energy driver Brittany Force surged into the top five of the NHRA Top Fuel points standings with a semifinal finish in the NHRA Carolina Nationals on Sunday at zMax Dragway.

Force jumped up two spots to fourth in the Top Fuel standings with the impressive performance in the opening race of the six-race Countdown to the Championship. She’s less than a round out of third and less than three rounds – 56 points – behind points leader and Charlotte winner Doug Kalitta.
Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force jumps to fourth in points with semifinal finish in Charlotte

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force is almost perfect at Charlotte

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force
is almost perfect at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 17) – Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro driver Courtney Force had the perfect start to the Countdown to the Championship. Almost.

Force qualified No. 1 and advanced to the final round of the NHRA Carolina Nationals on Sunday at zMax Dragway before falling to John Force Racing teammate Robert Hight in a close race. Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force is almost perfect at Charlotte

QUICK FACTS: Robert Hight wins NHRA Carolina Nationals

QUICK FACTS: Robert Hight wins NHRA Carolina Nationals

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 17) – Quick facts following Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS driver Robert Hight’s victory in the NHRA Carolina Nationals on Sunday at zMAX Dragway:
This is Hight’s 40th career NHRA Funny Car victory in 62 finals (.645).
Hight has three victories this season in five finals appearances. He is now the Funny Car points leader.
Hight has at least one victory in 13 seasons on the circuit and at least three victories in nine of 13 seasons. Continue reading QUICK FACTS: Robert Hight wins NHRA Carolina Nationals

Leading final qualifying session, Monster Energy driver Brittany Force ready for Charlotte eliminations

Leading final qualifying session, Monster Energy driver Brittany Force ready for Charlotte eliminations

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 16) – Monster Energy driver Brittany Force picked the right time to get hot in qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Force posted the quickest elapsed time in the final qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, barreling down a hot race track nice and smooth. That gives Force some positive momentum heading into eliminations on Sunday for the first race of the title-determining Countdown to the Championship.

“That last lap for the Monster team was a big one,” Force said. “It was super hot out and a hot race track – 135 degrees on the track – and that race car went straight down there. That’s what we were looking for going into race day because it’s going to be the same conditions. Continue reading Leading final qualifying session, Monster Energy driver Brittany Force ready for Charlotte eliminations

Defending race winner John Force earns No. 9 position with PEAK Chevrolet for NHRA Carolina Nationals

Defending race winner John Force earns No. 9 position
with PEAK Chevrolet for NHRA Carolina Nationals

Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 16) – Sixteen-time Funny Car champion John Force will seek his second consecutive victory in the NHRA Carolina Nationals from the No. 9 position Sunday, as he recorded a best pass of 3.967 seconds at 325.06 mph in the PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS. Continue reading Defending race winner John Force earns No. 9 position with PEAK Chevrolet for NHRA Carolina Nationals