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Dodge drivers 1-2-3 in points

by Bill Cawthon on

Jack Beckman’s victory at the NHRA Summernationals jumped him from sixth to third in the Funny Car driver standings. Beckman now has a four-point lead over Courtney Force, who dropped to fourth.

With Beckman’s advance, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Dodge drivers now hold the top three spots in the season standings.

Mopar driver Ron Capps celebrates after winning the 37th annual NHRA Southern Nationals in his Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car.

Ron Capps added 50 points to his lead over second-place Matt Hagan. With four Wallys and six final-round appearances, Capps now has the most wins and the most points of any pro-class driver as well as the biggest lead.

Tommy Johnson Jr. moved up from seventh to a tie with John Force for sixth.

Leah Pritchett’s first-round loss cost her the top spot in the Top Fuel rankings. She dropped to third, 36 points behind her DSR teammate Antron Brown, the new leader, and 29 points behind runner-up Steve Torrence. Tony Schumacher, driver of the second Mopar-powered dragster, remains in fourth place.

Allen Johnson and Alan Prusiensky remained in 11th and 12th place, respectively. Johnson needs to make up 19 point on Shane Gray to move into the top ten.

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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