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Sixth consecutive Charger win

by Bill Cawthon on

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 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.

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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