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Ron Capps Collects $80,000 Payday With Pep Boys Funny Car Allstar Callout Profits

Ron Capps Collects $80,000 Payday With Pep Boys Funny Car Allstar Callout Profits

Ron Capps shot off the starting line, beating Matt Hagan with a 3.93 to 3.90 holeshot to win the top prize of $80,000 in the Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car Allstar Callout at the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA US Nationals.

Capps, a three-time winner of Indy Funny Car special events (1998, ’99 and 2002), got his NAPA Auto Care Toyota just 0.004 second for Hagan’s participation in Dodge Power Brokers.

“That last round was not a holeshot win,” he immediately clarified. “I didn’t mean to roll it that deep” [into stage], and we probably went the same et as before or better. It probably went 89 or 90. I was mad at myself when the lights went out, but the car was carrying the mail, I could hear Matt, but I couldn’t see him out that side window, and that’s dangerous. I just lost a lot of close races this year, where you think you hear but you don’t see. And your profit light is not on the guardrail and you find it and you find a loss of a few thousandths.

“Overall, it’s huge for our Ron Capps Motorsports organization and all of our partners to do this. [My sponsors] are a bit of a competitor to the Pep Boys and we have the Auto Care car here this weekend and I thank Pep Boys very much for that. It really brought the US Nationals back to the way it was and we really haven’t had this excitement like this weekend, and that really brought a new element to this race. And every day the stands are full. So it certainly worked.”

Capps, who called out Tim Wilkerson on the first lap, made that call look pretty good as his Dean Antonelli-tuned Toyota raced to a 3,864 that not only destroyed Wilkerson’s otherwise decent 3,920, but gave him the No. US Nationals field.

With a low first-lap et, Capps then called out the sport’s top Funny Car driver, John Force, who had beaten longtime rival Cruz Pedregon on the first lap with a 3,931. Capps’ NAPA Auto Care ride cruised to another solid run, a 3.89, after Force had to lift on halftrack.

Hagan called out Alexis DeJoria on the first round, hoping to get revenge on her for ending his 2021 championship bid, and got some satisfaction with a 3.89 after having to give up her run early.

Hagan and the Dickie Venables-tuned Dodge Power Brokers Charger then took on Robert Hight, who had smoked Bob Tasca III on the first lap with a 3.87. To everyone’s surprise, Hight’s Auto Club Chevy smoked the tires on the fly, while Hagan ran into trouble, with the tires loosening on halftrack and riding to a 4.18 win.