Written by Tracy Renck Thu, 2016-10-27 18:00
Veteran nitro Funny Car driver Ron Capps’ chase to catch an elusive NHRA world championship is down to two races – Las Vegas (Oct. 27-30) and Pomona, Calif., (Nov. 11-14). Capps is leading the points standings – 64 points in front of Tommy Johnson Jr. and 88 points ahead of Matt Hagan, both are his Don Schumacher Racing teammates.
There’s no question Capps wants the coveted crown and his younger brother, Jon, is hoping to help lend a hand in his brother’s title quest.
Jon has an opportunity to play a role since he will driving Steve Plueger’s Funny Car at Las Vegas and Pomona.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2016-10-27 15:15
NHRA Funny Car point leader Ron Capps understands the influence this weekend's Toyota NHRA Nationals could have on his bid to win a first-ever NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship.
Forgive Capps if he smirks a little at the mention of two of his most disappointing days, and the fact they transpired at the very race track he heads into wielding a 61 point lead. Two key DNQ (Did Not Qualify) outings have shaped the position he currently holds.
Flashback to four years ago, at the 2012 NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, Capps missed the field. This shortcoming led to a crew chief shake-up at Don Schumacher Racing where multi-time world champion Rahn Tobler became his crew chief.
Written by Tracy Renck Wed, 2016-10-26 18:00
The hysteria of the Chicago Cubs making their first World Series since 1945 is alive and well in Chicago, including at NHRA nitro Funny Car driver Bob Bode’s house in Barrington, Ill., which is 25 miles from Wrigley Field.
“We sure like watching the Cubs,” Bode said.
Written by Susan Wade Wed, 2016-10-26 08:00
The last time three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon raced for Rapisarda Autosport International was at the Reading, Pa., and Dallas races, and he said he was simply filling in for Las Vegas-bound Wayne Newby.
RAI announced Wednesday that Dixon will be back in one of its dragsters, this time back in Australia at the Nov. 4-5 East Coast Thunder meet at Australia’s Sydney Dragway.
By Bobby Bennett; Photos by Chris Graves, Dave Kommel Tue, 2016-10-25 18:13
A crude green 1955 Chevrolet called the Night Stalker was the result of a conversation between two dudes, literally.
Greenville, South Carolina's Greg Porter, who is known for his penchant to call his friends Dude, was at a cruise-in about seven years ago and befriended an old school drag racer named Dude Moore.
Moore revealed to Porter that he still had an old original Gasser sitting out behind his shop in the South Carolina countryside, and if he could do a restoration on the classic machine justice, the car was his. Though he could have gotten the car for free, he still gave Moore $3,000 for the basket-case Gasser.
by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2016-10-24 13:07
Tony Bartone knew he could not lose the Top Fuel final round at the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, Ca. With a third consecutive championship on the line, Bartone defeated past Heritage Series champion Jim Murphy to take home yet another title.
Bartone, who entered the final round as the No. 1 qualifier, ran a 5.600 elapsed time at 247.25 miles per hour to easily defeat Murphy's 9.519, 74.74.