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  1. Fall Back: Capps Gets Runner-Up at FallNationals Still Holds Slim Lead in Championship Battle October 15, 2017, Ennis, Texas – It’s getting near that time of year to reset the clocks for Daylight Savings Time. Dodge driver Ron Capps put a hold on time (for now) with a runner-up finish at the NHRA FallNationals in Ennis, Texas, to keep his lead in the Funny Car Championship. For the second year in a row, Capps went to the final round of the NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex near Dallas, but again came up […] View the full article
  2. Mopar®-powered drivers also advanced deep into the elimination rounds in both the Stock Eliminator and Super Stock Eliminator categories at Texas Motorplex during the NHRA FallNationals in Ennis, Texas, October 14-16, 2017. In Stock Eliminator, Derek Hake from Muskogee, Oklahoma, went to the semifinals in his I/SA 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. He made an 11.510-second pass at 112.52 mph in the semis after leaving the starting line with a .065-second reaction time. His dial-in was 11.57, however, meaning he broke out by .060, ending his successful weekend. In the Super […] View the full article
  3. Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car No. 2 Qualifier – 3.872 seconds at 329.58 mph “It was a great weekend by the guys. It always hurts a little bit when you get into the final and then you fall a little bit short. But reflecting right now, we didn’t beat ourselves. We gave them a great race and that’s where you’ve just got to go over and shake their hand and tell them, ‘Great race’ because that was a pretty awesome side-by-side run. “We didn’t want to give […] View the full article
  4. October 1, 2017, Madison, Ill. – Mopar®/Dodge Funny Car driver Ron Capps marched to his second win in a row on Sunday in his HEMI®-powered Dodge Charger R/T at a packed Gateway Motorsports Park, giving him his eighth victory of the year and the 14th overall for Mopar in the category in 2017. The win at the sixth annual NHRA Midwest Nationals, held in the shadow of St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, also extended Capps’ points lead as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs reach the halfway […] View the full article
  5. Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car No. 3 Qualifier – 3.849 seconds at 332.51 mph “Last year, we said a semifinal average was going to win the championship and we did that going into Pomona. We beat them with consistency, we didn’t have a win. This year, we went out second round, I lost on a holeshot in Charlotte, and we fixed that average by winning (at Reading) so that we got our semifinal average. Thank God (crew chief Rahn Tobler) gave me a great racecar in Pennsylvania. […] View the full article
  6. Dozens of vehicles competed in the Stock and Super Stock Eliminator categories during the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, where Jerry Stein and Brent Jones turned in the top performances for Mopar®. In Stock Eliminator, Stein drove his D/SA 1969 Dodge Dart to the quarterfinal round. The driver from Brentwood, California, turned in a 10.749-second pass at 120.48 mph on a 10.68 dial-in. He had a .051-second reaction time. Jones, who hails from Wheatland, Indiana, qualified No. 1 in Super Stock Eliminator and advanced to the third round in […] View the full article
  7. September 24, 2017, Mohnton, Pa. – Dodge and Mopar® HEMI® power claimed their 13th NHRA Funny Car win of 2017 on Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway, as Ron Capps drove his Dodge Charger R/T from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) to the winner’s circle at the Dodge NHRA Nationals. Capps beat Courtney Force in the final round at the Reading-area track to pick up his seventh victory of the season and the 18th for HEMI power from DSR in both Nitro categories overall. “What a deal today,” said an obviously elated Capps. “We fell […] View the full article
  8. Mopar®/Dodge NHRA Sportsman Spotlight: Dodge Nationals Goshert and Kay Collect Dodge Bonus Awards Mopar®-powered drivers made a strong showing in the Stock Eliminator and Super Stock Eliminator categories during the Sportsman portion of the Dodge NHRA Nationals, with Scott Goshert and Richard Kay turning in the top performances for the Mopar brand. In Stock Eliminator, Goshert drove his E/SA 1971 Plymouth Duster to the third round. The native of Laureldale, Pennsylvania, made a pass of 10.896 seconds at 120.80 mph on a 10.72 dial-in. He had a .028-second reaction time. […] View the full article
  9. Mopar®/Dodge Notes & Quotes: Dodge Nationals, Reading, PA Ron Capps, NAPA No. 3 Qualifier – 3.877 seconds at 327.43 mph “What a deal today. We fell behind a little bit, we got lucky a little bit in the first round, but we feel like we make our luck. The harder we work, the luckier we get for sure. “Every time I’ve driven through the gate here, I say, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you, Maple Grove. Give me some love back,’ and I’ve always left here a […] View the full article
  10. The NHRA Carolina Nationals featured a deep field of Sportsman competitors, with Mopar® power turning in solid performances in the Stock Eliminator and Super Stock Eliminator categories. In Stock Eliminator, Jack Zimmerman of Clemmons, North Carolina, advanced to the third round in his B/SA 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T featuring a 440 Six Pack V8. There, he made his best pass of the elimination rounds despite being bested by just two feet. Zimmerman turned in a 10.407-second lap on a 10.40 dial-in with a speed of 125.30 mph. He had a .067-second […] View the full article
  11. September 17, 2017, Concord, N.C. – They went to Carolina in body, spirit and even in their minds, but the strong start in the Countdown to the Championship did not materialize for Team Mopar® and Dodge. Three Mopar-powered teams from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) opened the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series playoffs with second-round finishes in the 10th annual Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte. Tommy Johnson Jr. and Ron Capps went to the second round in their Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars from DSR, while Tony Schumacher turned a […] View the full article
  12. Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car No. 3 Qualifier – 3.901 seconds at 325.06 mph “We obviously didn’t go as far as we wanted today but it was a positive. A lot of people who lost first round I’m sure would’ve liked to have won. We’ll continue to work at it and go into Reading. We won that race last year and ran really well. That gives you a little confidence coming in. With the way we’re coming back from a struggle at Indy, I’m pretty […] View the full article
  13. Over 750 cars were entered across all categories in the 63rd annual NHRA U.S. Nationals, each with drivers dreaming of hoisting a Wally trophy during “The World’s Biggest Drag Race.” Incredibly, the two finalists and three of the four semifinal participants in Stock Eliminator featured Mopar® power, a noteworthy accomplishment as the field was pared down from 128 qualifiers and 162 entrants who made qualifying runs. Larry Gilley and Darrell Steiger matched up in the final, with Hilmar, California’s Gilley taking the win on a holeshot. Gilley and his E/SA […] View the full article
  14. September 4, 2017, Brownsburg, Ind. – There were plenty of Big Wins for Dodge at the 2017 U.S. Nationals, NHRA’s premier event, and a near-miss for points leader Ron Capps in Funny Car. Capps came as close as he ever had to winning the NHRA U.S. Nationals on Monday afternoon. He put his Mopar® HEMI®-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in the final round for the first time in the ultra-prestigious event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, but in the end, he finished just shy of checking off the biggest item […] View the full article
  15. Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car No. 8 Qualifier – 3.871 seconds at 330.55 mph “This race is such a big deal. Leaving here as the regular season points leader going into the Countdown to the Championship in Charlotte is the silver lining in a cloud right now. We’re just a little disappointed. We had a shot at winning Indy and it comes once a year. You get so involved in this historic race and to get up that far and lose a close race like we did […] View the full article