The Petty’s Garage Car Show, a special cruise-in event, is scheduled for Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at the Petty Level Cross compound, 311 Branson Mill Road in Randleman, North Carolina.
The event is presented by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), the lift manufacturers’ trade association.
The evening of September 30 there will be a VIP cookout on the grounds of Reverie Place, Richard Petty’s ranch. Tickets for the cookout are $25 per person for ages 11 and up and just 200 tickets are available.
On Saturday, Petty’s Garage gates will open at 8:00 AM on Saturday and remain open until 1:00 PM. The Richard Petty Museum will open at 9:00 AM. The Museum features trophies, cars and memorabilia from the King’s legendary NASCAR career. Younger visitors will enjoy a special exhibit with Mr. and Mrs. The King and the Hudson Hornet from the movie, Cars. There is no admission charge for the Saturday events.
According to ALI president Bob O’Gorman all makes, models and ages of cars are welcome. There is no pre-registration required and no charge to participate. The first 200 show cars to arrive will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award. Judging runs until 11:00 AM.
For tickets to the VIP dinner, visit tiny.cc/pettycruisein or call (336) 495-6602.
Art Chrisman, one of the fathers of NHRA drag racing, passed away following a long illness at the age of 86.
Chrisman was the first to hit 140 and, later, 180 miles per hour. He made the first pass at the 1955 Nationals in Great Bend, Kansas, the first-ever NHRA national event, and came in as the runner-up.
In 1958, after spending a number of years racing a Ford-powered car, Chrisman, his uncle Jack, and Frank Cannon built their famed Hustler I dragster. They used a Chrysler 392 Hemi, stroked out to 454 cubic inches and a supercharger. The car, named for the Air Force’s then-new B-58 bomber, won the Best Engineered Car award at the 1958 Nationals and appeared on the cover of the January 1959 issue of Hot Rod magazine.
In February 1959, Chrisman drove the Hustler to drag racing’s first recorded 180-mph run, hitting 181.81 mph. He Chrisman continued racing until the end of the 1962 season, when he went to work as a representative for Autolite; he later founded Chrisman Auto Rod Specialties (CARS) with his son, Mike. Chrisman was inducted into the Motorsports Hall or Fame, the NHRA Hall of Fame, and the SEMA Hall of Fame.
Jack Beckman’s winless streak ended Sunday as he made a clean pass to defeat points leader Ron Capps in the Funny Car final round at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Illinois.
Capps had a slightly quicker start and the lead until the 60-foot marker. Then the rear end of the NAPA Dodge Charger broke loose and by 400 feet down the track, the tires were smoking. Beckman crossed the finish line .5618 seconds (about 100 feet) ahead of Capps to collect the Wally and move into second place in the point standings.
Until Sunday, Beckman was the only Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car driver without a win. So, far DSR Dodge drivers have collected eight of the thirteen trophies awarded this season. Capps has accounted for four of those wins; Matt Hagan has a pair of victories and Tommy Johnson Jr. and Beckman each have one.
Hagan moved into fourth place in the points race with a strong qualifying performance and getting to the semi-finals. He went up in smoke almost immediately in his matchup with Capps. Hagan eliminated Johnson in the quarterfinals. Johnson is now in fifth place.
Alan Prusiensky did manage to qualify in his new Dodge Dart but had troubles in his opening Pro Stock race against Shane Gray. He got to the starting line but then jumped the gun and turned on the red light. The Arc Race Engine Dart definitely will get some tweaks before its next outing.
Allen Johnson, the top Dodge driver in the Pro Stock standings, qualified fifth in the order and beat Kenny Delco’s Camaro in the opening round, but fell to Greg Anderson in the quarterfinals. Anderson went on to win the event and his sixth Wally. Allen Johnson remained fourth in the points, thirty points ahead of former Dodge driver Chris McGaha.
Jeg Coughlin also made it to the quarterfinals after beating Drew Skillman in the opener. He was up against points leader Jason Line in the second round. Line got a quicker start and never trailed. Coughlin dropped from eighth to ninth in the standings.
Two-time champion Erica Enders had a new major sponsor for the Route 66 Nationals but It didn’t help. She got a quicker start than Vincent Nobile in the first Pro Stock race of the day but Nobile was ahead by 100 feet out and turned on the win light. Enders is now eight points out of the top ten with five events left to make it into the Countdown to the Championship.
The NHRA takes a one-week break. On July 22, it begins the Western Swing with the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, Colorado.
New Jersey engine builder Alan Prusiensky was behind the wheel of a new Pro Stock Dodge Dart when qualifying started Friday evening at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Illinois.
The debut was unauspicious: in his first pass, he had troubles at the start and had to push in the clutch. In his second attempt, the car had troubles before the start and Prusiensky failed to make the field, coming in dead last in the order. Since there are 17 entries and just 16 spots for Sunday’s eliminations, Prusiensky hopes for better luck on Saturday.
This is Prusiensky’s second year in Pro Stock. During the 2015 season, he ran the Dodge Avenger previously driven by Matt Hartford. He made to the quarterfinals at the Summernationals in Englishtown, and to the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk.
Jerry Haas built the 2016 Dart, but Prusiensky built his own engine. Not surprisingly, Prusiensky’s Dodge is sponsored by Arc Race Engines.
As Pro Stock welcomed a new Dart, it had to say goodbye to another. Vieri Gaines and the Kendall Dodge Dart weren’t in the running this weekend. After struggling the past two seasons, Gaines, who turned 69 last month, announced his immediate retirement from the sport. In a Facebook post, Gaines said the sole reason for his retirement was that “the fun has left this chapter in life.”
Gaines qualified for his first Pro Stock event in 1997 and picked up four Wallys over his 20-year career, the last coming in 2012. He qualified for the Countdown to the Championship in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Allen Johnson was the top Dodge qualifier in Pro Stock: he’s sixth in the order. Erica Enders qualified seventh, while Jeg Coughlin qualified ninth in the order.
In Funny Car, Ron Capps set a track ET record and claimed the top spot for the first two rounds of qualifying. Matt Hagan finished Friday at fourth in the order while Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jack Beckman took the seventh and ninth spots, respectively. John Hale and Justin Schriefer failed to qualify and will have to try again on Saturday.
The No. 77 Dodge Challenger wore its new Speedlogix livery during practice for the Trans Am TA2 race at Brainerd International Raceway, dressing up in white with green and purple stripes made its racing debut.
Louis-Philippe Montour, ranked fourth in the driver standings and the leader in the rookie of the year competition, was at the wheel, and has driven the #77 Challenger every race this season.
After qualifying 12th, the No. 77 Dodge had to retire after just 16 laps and was dead last at the end of the race. The best Dodge finish was ninth with the No. 12 Challenger driven by Cole Carlson. Until today, Montour had finished in the top ten or top five in every event.
Both cars, along with the No. 11 Dodge Challenger, are campaigned by Stevens-Miller Racing. Speedlogix has been a secondary sponsor on the three cars since the beginning of the season. They will now be the primary sponsor of the #77 car for the rest of the season while keeping their current sponsorships of the #11 and #12 cars.
Ron Capps and the NAPA Dodge Charger tripped the lights 23 inches ahead of Courtney Force, widening his lead in the driver standings and claiming the sixth consecutive win for Dodge and bringing the Charger total to seven in 12 events.
Capps was the lone Dodge driver in the Funny Car final round at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. This snapped a five-event streak of all-Mopar final rounds. Tommy Johnson Jr. could have kept the streak alive, but lost to Force in the semifinals. Making it to the semifinals was good enough to bump Johnson up two spots. Johnson is now fifth, 12 points behind Del Worsham.
Force’s final round appearance bumped her up to second, passing Jack Beckman, who went up in smoke in the opening round, losing to Alexis DeJoria. Matt Hagan also had traction troubles and lost to John Force in the race immediately following Beckman’s loss.
n Pro Stock, Jeg Coughlin Jr. and V. Gaines were out in the first round, losing to Alex Laughlin and Drew Skillman, respectively.
Erica Enders and Allen Johnson made it to the quarterfinals. Shane Gray ended Johnson’s race day in the opening matchup of the second round; in the last race of the semifinals, Enders had the early lead but couldn’t stop Jason Line, who went on to claim the Pro Stock Wally.
Jason Line and Dave Alexander both have such commanding leads in the Pro Stock points that they have already clinched berth in the 2016 Mello Yello Countdown ot the Championship.
Allen Johnson held onto his fourth-place position but Jeg Coughlin fell one spot, dropping from eighth to ninth.
Erica Enders and V. Gaines remain outside the top ten with six events left in the regular season.
Despite recent Chevrolet and Ford wins, Rookie Cayden Lapcevich and the No. 76 OhswekenSpeedway.com Dodge Challenger hold the lead in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Andrew Ranger, who won the first race of the season in the No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil/Mopar Express Lane Dodge, is the current runner-up.
Tommy Johnson Jr. scored his first Wally of the 2016 NHRA drag racing season with a hole-shot win over Matt Hagan in the fifth consecutive all-Dodge Funny Car final round at the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee.
Johnson was in the lead until the 330-foot mark, when Hagan began to catch up. Hagan ran out of track, hitting the lights 0.0145 seconds (about seven feet) after Johnson. That moved Johnson up two spots in points to #7, garnering him the last spot in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout. Dodge has now won six of eleven events.
Ron Capps was the top qualifier for the third event in a row, setting a new track ET record as well. He lost a semifinal round pedalfest with Hagan, but remains the points leader, 55 points ahead of Jack Beckman, the only DSR driver that hasn’t posted a win this year.
Hagan jumped up two positions in the standings, moving from sixth to fourth, 31 points behind Courtney Force, the points leader until Hagan began the Dodge streak at the Summernationals.
Despite track temperatures running as high as 133°, traction wasn’t as much of a factor as might have been expected. In Pro Stock, Jeg Coughlin Jr. made it to the semifinals until mechanical problems forced him to shut down, losing to Greg Anderson. Coughlin beat former teammate Allen Johnson in the quarterfinals and went from tenth to eighth in the standings while Johnson remained in fourth.
Erica Enders dropped out of the top ten in the points race after a first-round loss to Vincent Nobile. V. Gaines was another first-round casualty after pushing in the clutch early in his matchup with Drew Skillman.
It was another Jason Line-Greg Anderson, all-Summit-Racing final round with Line taking the Wally this time. Anderson and Line have faced each other in seven of eleven final rounds this year. Allen Johnson, Bo Butner and Chris McGaha are the only other drivers that have made the final round in Pro Stock.
For the fourth consecutive event, this time at Englishtown, New Jersey, it was an all-Dodge, all-Don-Schumacher-Racing final round at the 47th annual NHRA Summernationals.
It was the second consecutive win for Ron Capps in a Dodge Charger; Capps was also the top qualifier for the second event in a row and set a new track ET record. This is Capps’ 48th career win and the first time that he has been the top qualifier in back-to-back races.
Capps now has more final-round appearances than any other Funny Car driver this season. He leapfrogged him over teammate Jack Beckman into first place in points; remains #2.
The Funny Car final round was really a race to see which driver would be first and who would be second.
John Hale was the first Dodge driver to be eliminated, falling to Capps in the second race of the day. Tommy Johnson Jr. ended his race day with a loss to Del Worsham in the quarterfinals. In the very next race, Beckman shut down Matt Hagan, who started smoking the tires right out of the gate. Hagan remains sixth in the points tally; Johnson is ninth and Hale is number 13.
Dodges have now collected five of the ten Wallys in the 2016 season. That compares to two for Chevrolet, two for Ford, and one for Toyota.
In Pro Stock, the day started with Jeg Coughlin Jr. tripping the timing lights ahead of Erica Enders. Vincent Nobile scored an easy first-round victory over V. Gaines, who had severe tire shake at the start and had to shut down.
In the Quarterfinals, Johnson’s Dodge Dart developed its own problems, costing him his matchup with Nobile. Coughlin was the last Dart driver standing but he also had problems, losing to Jason Line.
Line went on to the finals where he got a bit too eager and turned on the red light, giving Greg Anderson a free Wally. Line and Anderson have split all ten Pro Stock trophies this season. This latest matchup left Anderson just 68 points behind Line. Bo Butner, third in the standings, is 414 points behind Line.
Allen Johnson remains fourth. Coughlin advanced a spot to the #8 position while Enders remans tenth. V. Gaines is #12.
There are no races this weekend in the IMSA/WeatherTech Sports Car Championship or Trans Am TA2. The CRS Express race at Autodrome Chaudiere was rained out and rescheduled for June 24.
Allen Johnson’s Dodge Dart made it all the way to the Pro Stock finals in the NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, New Hampshire.
While Jeg Coughlin, Erica Enders and V. Gaines were eliminated in the first round, Johnson shut down Chris McGaha to advance to the quarterfinals. Johnson then defeated former teammate Vincent Nobile and went on to beat Shane Gray in the semifinals.
In the final round, Johnson was quicker out of the gate but Greg Anderson was able to pass him by the 200-foot mark.
The final round appearance put Johnson firmly in fourth place in the driver standings, 467 points back of Jason Line, the current Pro Stock leader. Erica Enders is ninth in the points race, one point ahead of Coughlin. V. Gaines is in the No. 12 spot.
In Funny Car, Ron Capps hung on to win his second Wally of the 2016 Mello Yello NHRA season. His Charger tripped the timing lights seven feet ahead of Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. in an all-Dodge final round. Johnson got the quicker start but Capps had the quicker, and faster, pass.
The win jumped Capps from sixth to third in the point standings.
John Hale was the only Dodge driver that didn’t advance to the quarterfinals. He lost to Matt Hagan in the opening round.
In the second round, Johnson’s Charger scored a hole-shot win over Jack Beckman, crossing the finish line 14 inches ahead of another Dodge. In the same round, the engine went dead in Hagan’s Charger, after a better start; 2015 season champ Del Worsham was able to win.
John Force fell to Capps in the semifinals while Johnson ended Worsham’s race day. Both Force and Worsham had better starts but the Dodges had caught up to the Camaro and the Camry by the time they passed the Christmas tree.
Both runner-up Jack Beckman and Ron Capps are within striking distance of current points leader Courtney Force in a tight race for the top spot. Matt Hagan is sixth in the standings while Tommy Johnson Jr. is ninth.
While the Dart has yet to win an event this season, Chargers have now racked up four victories in Fuel Funny Car, putting them at the top at the halfway point in the regular season. Chevrolet and Ford each have two Wallys while Toyota has one.
The #33 ViperExchange.com/Gas Monkey Dodge Viper scored its first win of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen took the checkered flag in the GT Daytona class on the 2.35-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit this. After qualifying sixth, Ben Keating drove his way into the lead before handing the car over to his co-driver Jeroen Bleekemolen. Bleekemolen dropped out of the lead after the pit stop, but quickly regained it. He crossed the finish line 2.489 seconds ahead of Joerg Bergmeister in a Porsche 911 GT3 R and Alessandro Balzan in a Ferrari 488 GT3.
The Viper the only built-in-Detroit car in the GT Daytona class, not to mention being the only American car. Keating said this made the hometown win especially sweet.
NHRA Update: The elimination rounds at the NHRA New England Nationals were rained out and have been rescheduled for Monday starting at 11:00 AM eastern Time. Drivers were able to get in all four qualifying rounds Friday and Saturday.
Allen Johnson qualified sixth in Pro Stock, followed by Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the No. 7 position. Erica Enders and V. Gaines qualified in the No. 10 and No. 11 spots, respectively.
In Funny Car, Ron Capps set a track ET record to take the top spot in the order. Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr. round out the top three. Jack Beckman claimed the No. 6 spot and John Hale made the field, qualifying fifteenth.
For the second consecutive event, there was an all-Dodge final round in Fuel Funny Car. At the NHRA Kansas Nationals, Matt Hagan set new national elapsed time (ET) and speed records in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger on his way to the top qualifier spot. Jack Beckman set a new speed record, which Hagan quickly beat, and qualified second in the Infinite Hero Dodge.
When it came to the final round, the winning speed was just over half that of Hagan’s new record, 3.862 seconds at 335.57 mph. Beckman lost traction and the start and Hagan smoked the tires soon after. Hagan managed to keep the Dodge off the centerline and fishtailed his way to the win with a 5.724-second ET and a speed of 179.04 mph.
With the win, Hagan leapfrogged five spots, moving from ninth in the standings to fourth. Beckman is in second place, just 12 points behind Courtney Force. Ron Capps, who bowed out in today’s opening round, dropped two spots, to sixth. Tommy Johnson Jr. remained in tenth place following a quarterfinals finish.
Allen Johnson jumped over Chris McGaha and tied for the Pro Stock fourth place with Drew Skillman, thanks to Johnson’s fourth semifinal round appearance of the season.
Both Johnson and Erica Enders got free passes in the opening round when their opponents, Aaron Strong and Drew Skillman, jumped the gun and fouled out. Jeg Coughlin, V. Gaines, and Deric Kramer lost.
Johnson went on to beat Bo Butner in the second round, but Enders was eliminated by Jason Line, who went on to win the Pro Stock Wally. In the semifinals, Johnson’s Marathon Dart had problems and he had to shut down, losing to Greg Anderson’s Camaro.
According to the unofficial points, Johnson is in a tie for fourth, Enders is eighth, and Coughlin is ninth.
Andrew Ranger and the No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge made a little history by taking the checkered flag in the season-opening Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
It was the first-ever win in the NASCAR Pinty’s series. Pinty’s is a Canadian food company that took over the NASCAR Home Tracks series from Canadian Tire.
Ranger, who led for just three laps during the race, was the first of four Dodge drivers to cross the finish line, coming in more than a half-second ahead of runner-up Robin Buck. Former series champ D.J. Kennington, Cayden Lapcevich, and Alex Labbe completed the top five; Labbe was the only driver not in a Dodge.
Conspicuous by their absences were 2015 series champion Scott Steckly and the #22 Dodge. Canadian Tire ended its sponsorship of both the series and the four-time series champion; despite missing the first race, Steckly is still hopeful that he will find a sponsor.
Matt Hagan ended a 19-event winless streak by capturing the Fuel Funny Car Wally at the NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, beating Jack Beckman in an all-Charger final round. In New York State, Louis-Phillipe Montour was the runner-up in Trans Am TA2 action at Watkins Glen.
Hagan was first out of the gate. Beckman hit the throttle, got about 40 feet down the track and went up in smoke. There was a bit of drama when Hagan got to the end of his pass. Just after he tripped the lights, a fire started. Fortunately, the fire bottles did their job and the flames were out by the time Hagan was able to stop the car.
Tommy Johnson Jr. made it to the semifinals, falling to Beckman in the first race. Beckman ended Ron Capps’ weekend in the quarterfinals.
It was a weekend for Dodges setting records in Funny Car competition. Hagan set both ends of the track record in the Pennzoil Charger with a 3.906-second ET at 329.02 mph in the quarterfinals. In the race just before Hagan’s record run, Beckman had set a new record, beating the record he set on Friday on his way to the top qualifier spot.
Beckman’s runner-up finish was enough to leapfrog him into second place, 40 points behind Courtney Force. Beckman’s move dropped Ron Capps from third to fourth. Matt Hagan’s much-needed victory put him in the No. 9 spot with Tommy Johnson Jr.
Allen Johnson made it all the way to the semifinals in Pro Stock, losing to Jason Line; this was Johnson’s third semifinal round appearance, putting him at the top of the Dart drivers. Johnson is now the leading Dart driver and is just one point out of fifth place.
Louis-Phillippe Montour drove a Challenger to a second-place finish in Watkins Glen, New York. Jason Kennedy finished tenth while Adam Andretti, currently the points leader among Dodge drivers, had to retire after seven laps.
Dodge Viper ACRXs driven by Cindi Lux and Steve Streimer finished second and third in the TA3 class.
In late 2015, Dodge announced that it had switched to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving after years of using Skip Barber and the Petty Driving Experience. Starting with the first of January 2016, buyers of new 2015 or 2016 Dodge SRT cars qualified for a free one-day training course at the Bondurant School.
Anyone can also pay $699 to take advantage of the partnership and gain training in high-speed driving, including regaining control from oversteer or understeer in a safe environment.
Patrick Rall attended the course recently, and reported his experiences as an already-skilled driver who has been through similar course training in other venues. Full story.
This past weekend, a pair of Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat owners set new records for the quickest quarter mile times – one with the 8-speed automatic transmission and the other with the 6-speed manual transmission.
For one driver, this weekend brought about a new personal best and a beating of his own record, while the other Hellcat owner jumped to the top of the “quickest” list on his first time out with his current mod list. By the end of the weekend of April 9-10, these guys both set new records for the quickest Hellcat Challengers in the world.
World’s Quickest Manual Hellcat
Sipple was the first manual transmission Hellcat Challenger which I saw break into the 10-second barrier and his previous best of 10.86 was the world record. This past weekend, he headed out to Darlington Dragway with a new tune from Mass Acceleration in Denver NC and a fresh 100-shot of nitrous oxide. His only other modifications which help the car get down the track faster are a cold air intake and drag radial tires.
On his first run of the day, he laid down a new record with a run of 10.71 at 131.62 miles per hour. He backed that up later in the day with a much quicker 10.6256 at 133.61 miles per hour. This is a Challenger with a 100-shot, a tune, a cold air intake and sticky tires running mid 10s with the manual transmission. The video below shows Sipple’s record run against a Pontiac Firebird.
The “bad news” for Sipple was that on his record runs, the clutch was slipping a bit, so he will be going to a new, stronger clutch – which should lead to even quicker ETs.
World’s Quickest Hellcat Challenger
While Jon Sipple was busy breaking his own record in South Carolina, Ricky Ellison and his Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat were at Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky with the Modern Street Hemi Shootout. Ellison had previously run in the low 10s with a few simple mods, but when he took to the track this past weekend, he had new mods and high hopes of turning some heads. He did just that, setting a new record for the world’s quickest Hellcat Challenger (both with the automatic transmission and overall), making a pair of 9.5 quarter mile runs.
Unlike a great many of the Hellcat cars setting records around the country, Ricky Ellison isn’t running any nitrous – instead turning to bigger boost to make record-setting power. Ellison’s Hemi has an upper and lower pulley swap, headers, full exhaust and larger fuel injectors, along with what is clearly a very good tune by Josh at High Horse Performance in Delaware. He has also fitted this Hellcat Challenger with a Driveshaft Shop aluminum driveshaft, lightweight front and rear Weld wheels and MT drag radials, but the car is otherwise stock…meaning that it weighs over 4,500lbs when it hits the track.
On his first run, Ellison pulled a 1.380 60 foot time en route to a 9.592 ET and a trap speed of 141.05 miles per hour – comfortably beating the old record of 9.77. On his second run, he backed up the record by going even quicker, laying down a 9.582 at 141.74 miles per hour. Even at the event plagued with rain, hail and cold temperatures, Ellison was able to set a smokin’ fast record for the world’s quickest Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
The video below shows Ricky Ellison’s 9.58 run.
By the way, Ricky Ellison has also owned and raced a Dodge Challenger SRT8 which was built by the Petty Garage. That car, shown below with The King, ran 8.50s – so Ellison isn’t likely to settle for 9.50s from his Hellcat.
Considering that we are so early in the 2016 drag racing season, we are likely to see more Hellcat record times as more tracks open around the country – and as more Hellcat owners acquire the power and the seat time needed to break into the 9-second range. At this point, the race among the automatic transmission cars is for the 8-second range, while Jon Sipple seems to be relatively unchallenged in controlling the record for the manual transmission Hellcat Challenger.
(Jon Sipple’s Challenger Images Courtesy of Britany Kahle/BJK Photography)
Ron Capps and the NAPA Dodge Charger will be on the sidelines for tomorrow’s Funny Car eliminations at the NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. Capps struggled through qualifying, but could never get a good run in. Engine and traction troubles dogged him through every session.
This is the first time Capps has failed to make the field since the Northwest Nationals in August 2013. The only Dodge driver to win an event in the 2016 Mello Yello season, Capps came to Las Vegas trailing Del Worsham, the current points leader, by a single point.
Jack Beckman, Capps’ Don Schumacher Racing teammate, was the top qualifier and set a new track ET record of 3.916 seconds. We then have to run through a bunch of Camaros and Camrys to find Matt Hagan, who qualified tenth, followed by Chargers driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., John Hale, Jim Campell and Jeff Arend, respectively.
In Pro Stock, Erica Enders was the top Dodge driver, qualifying fifth. Allen Johnson took the No. 10 spot, 0.013 seconds ahead of Deric Kramer, who finished in the No. 11 position. Jeg Coughlin Jr. and V. Gaines qualified 13th and 14th, respectively.
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