Mohnton, PA – Mopar HEMI® power claimed its 13th NHRA Funny Car win of 2017 on Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway, as Ron Capps drove his Dodge Charger R/T from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) to the winner’s circle at the Dodge NHRA Nationals. Capps bested Courtney Force in the final round at the Reading-area track to pick up his seventh victory of the season and the 18th for HEMI power from DSR in both Nitro categories overall.
The win in the Dodge-branded event also put Capps, the defending NHRA Funny Car champion, back in the points lead after the second of six events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
READING, PA – Monster Energy driver Brittany Force served notice that she is a championship contender by storming by two past champions and the current Top Fuel points leader in winning the NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway.
Force moved up to third in the Countdown to the Championship standings, one point out of second and 23 behind leader Steve Torrence.
Torrence – who has a class-leading seven victories in 2017 – was Force’s final victim Sunday. Before Torrence, Force took down Wayne Newby in the first round, eight-time champion Tony Schumacher in the second round and three-time champion Antron Brown in the semifinals.
“Looking at it, we did not have an easy ladder,” Force said. “It was tough all day long and the Monster team killed it all day long. We turned a corner at the right time and we’re right in the Countdown picture.
NAPA AUTO PARTS’ Capps gets first-ever Maple Grove trophy, Dodge Nationals win helps him retake NHRA championship lead
MOHNTON, PA – Don Schumacher Racing helped partners Mopar and Dodge celebrate the 33rd annual NHRA Dodge Nationals by placing three of its Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars in the semifinals Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa.
And the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Powered by Pennzoil with driver Ron Capps and crew chief Rahn Tobler provided the fireworks when Capps won his first title at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa., and retook the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship points lead that he relinquished a week ago in the opening race of the Countdown to the Championship playoff.
When one-week points leader and Maple Grove pole winner Robert Hight of John Force Racing was upset in the second round Sunday, it opened the door for Capps to reclaim the lead provided he won four rounds culminating with the Dodge Nationals trophy.
READING, PA – Although fans and the media will likely talk about the starting line kerfuffle between Lucas Oil Racing TV pro rider Hector Arana Jr. and semifinal foe LE Tonglet, the composed 28-year-old will maintain his laser focus on what matters the most — winning the 2017 Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship.
After comfortably dispatching Charlie Sullivan (6.889 to 7.044) and Karen Stoffer (6.922 to 6.993) in the first two rounds of elimination action at Sunday’s 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals, Arana, and more specifically his father and crew, had to fend off some unsportsmanlike conduct from Tonglet’s team owner, reigning champ Jerry Savoie, and his team. But Arana shrugged it all off and remained on task.
For the past seven years, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has contested one of its six playoff events in the rolling hills of eastern Pennsylvania at Maple Grove Speedway near Reading. Entering the weekend, U.S. Army Racing teammates Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and Antron Brown between them had earned three consecutive Dodge NHRA Nationals event wins and were looking to continue that streak Sunday in unseasonably warm conditions. Both came up short versus eventual Top Fuel winner Brittany Force, Schumacher lost to her in the second round, while Brown hazed his tires early in semifinal, to end the winning streak.
Schumacher, a five-time Maple Grove winner, resumed his run for a ninth Top Fuel world championship and liked his chances with the warmer temperatures. The all-time winningest driver in Top Fuel and his U.S. Army Racing team posted four solid runs in hot conditions last weekend in Charlotte and continued that Friday and Saturday at Maple Grove during qualifying. Schumacher began eliminations in the fifth position and was scheduled to take on Scott Palmer in the first round. Palmer had problems firing his Dragster at the starting line and Schumacher posted a lap of 3.754 seconds at 327.98 mph to advance. In the second round, Schumacher was quicker on the tree in the right lane to gain an early advantage on Force, but his lap of 3.873 seconds at 311.49 wasn’t fast enough to overtake Force, who put up a lap of 3.743 seconds at 330.47 mph. It was the 14th career meeting between the two with Force winning for the sixth time.
PLANO, TX – Antron Brown advanced to the Top Fuel semi-finals to lead Toyota at the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania, Sunday. The track entertained a record crowd over the course of the weekend.
Brown defeated fellow Toyota driver Richie Crampton in the first round and then knocked off pole-sitter Clay Millican in round two. In the semi-finals, he had a .028 advantage at the light, but eventually overpowered the track in falling to Brittany Force.
In His 500th Pro Stock Race, Allen Johnson Slingshots Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart into Semifinal Round at Dodge NHRA Nationals
READING, PA – Allen Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the semifinal round after defeated Kenny Delco and Drew Skillman in eliminations at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Johnson came into raceday as the No. 4 seed and had lane choice over Kenny Delco in the first round of eliminations. The duo was almost identical on the tree at the launch but Johnson showcased the pure power of his Adam Hornberger-led Dodge Dart when he clocked in with a 6.641-second pass at 208.26 mph and turned on the win light over Delco’s 6.753, 204.51.