Capps Paces Norwalk Funny Car Trials

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Ron Capps sits atop the Funny Car category after two rounds of qualifying at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. (NHRA Photo)
Ron Capps sits atop the Funny Car category after two rounds of qualifying at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. (NHRA Photo)

NORWALK, Ohio – Ron Capps sits atop the Funny Car category after the opening day of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park on Friday.

Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Deric Kramer (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective Mello Yello Drag Racing Series classes.

Capps powered his Pennzoil Synthetics/NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to an impressive 3.879-second pass at 329.18 mph Behind Capps in the Funny Car field is John Force, who is chasing his 150th career win, while Jack Beckman sits third after two rounds of qualifying.

“Conditions here are always good when the sun goes down,” Capps said. “(Rahn Tobler, crew chief) put the rear spoiler down and did things outside his box he normally does. It was kind of neat to see that we were either going to go to the pole or smoke the tires but he was going to try and that’s always fun.”

B. Force drove her way to a 3.712-second pass at 328.38 mph to place her at the top of the Top Fuel category. Leah Pritchett is currently second with her 3.714-second pass, while Mike Salinas, the most recent event winner, sits third.

Kramer currently sits first in Pro Stock after his run of 6.559 seconds at 210.18 mph pushed him to the top of the heap. Matt Hartford and Chris McGaha round out the top three.

Krawiec landed atop the Pro Stock Motorcycle division with his pass of 6.844 seconds at 197.08 mph. Hot on his heels are his teammate Andrew Hines in second and the reigning world champion, Matt Smith, in third.