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Capps out at Vegas Nationals

by Bill Cawthon on

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.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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