Mike Neff continued John Force Racing's dominance in Funny Car as he raced to his first victory of the 2012 season at the 25th-annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston, Texas, on Sunday.
With the win, Neff gave John Force Racing its sixth consecutive win to open the season, and he snapped teammate Robert Hight's four-race winning streak in the process.
Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) also earned victories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Neff powered his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang past Ron Capps' NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T in the final round of eliminations. Neff's 4.239-second pass at 301.67 mph was too much for Capps, who hazed the tires in the Texas heat and clocked a 4.476-second pass at 211.79 mph.
Neff struggled during qualifying and made it into the 16-car field during the final qualifying session in the heat of the day on Saturday. That tuneup proved to be what the John Force Racing driver needed throughout Sunday's eliminations as he beat first-round foe Head, top qualifier Cruz Pedregon and defending event winner Jeff Arend en route to his seventh career Funny Car victory.
Neff is second in the NHRA Full Throttle point standings behind his John Force Racing teammate Hight, who lost in the semifinal to Capps.
In Top Fuel, Lucas proved that he is a championship contender with his win on Sunday as he posted low ET during each round of eliminations. The Geico/Lucas Oil dragster outran Antron Brown's Matco Tools dragster in the final round with his 3.848-second pass at 320.81 mph to Brown's losing 5.894-second pass at 117.05 mph.
Lucas started from the No. 1 qualifying spot for the fourth time of the season, and the win moved him to third in points. With the runner-up finish Brown took over the series points lead.
Nobile earned his first Pro Stock win of the season by outrunning veteran driver Dave Connolly in the final round. Nobile's 6.595-second pass at 210.14 mph in his Mountain View Tire Dodge Avenger edged Connolly's 6.604-second pass at 210.41 mph in his Alamo Iron Works/KLR Group Chevrolet Cobalt to claim his second consecutive win in Houston.
Nobile's win moved him from fifth to third in the series standings.
The Pro Stock Motorcycle winner was Andrew Hines on a Harley over Hecter Arana Jr on a Buell.