Ron Capps raced to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals as drivers jockeyed for points position with just one race remaining before the Countdown to the Championshp. Capps moved into the Full Throttle Series points lead for the first time this season with just one race remaining before the playoffs.
Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) also were winners at the penultimate regular season event in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
Capps powered away from 15-time world champ John Force in the Funny Car final round to take his third win of the season, third at Brainerd International Raceway and 36th of his career. Capps cruised to a final round performance of 4.134 seconds at 304.05 mph in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger, while Force's Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang lost traction and finished in 6.633 at 116.35.
In Top Fuel, Lucas edged Antron Brown line for his third victory of the season and his third win at this event. Lucas posted a 3.818 at 316.90 in his Geico/Lucas Oil dragster to hold off Brown's charging Matco Tools dragster, which trailed with a 3.831 at 313.80.
With the runner-up finish, Brown moved into the series points lead, 58 ahead of Spencer Massey.
Enders continues to make Pro Stock history as she raced to her third victory of the season and second in a row. She outran series points leader Allen Johnson in the final round with a performance of 6.649 at 208.26 in her GK Motorsports Chevy Cobalt. Johnson's Team Mopar Dodge Avenger experienced tire shake at the start and slowed near mid-track. Enders is the first female to win at BIR since Shirley Muldowney won a Top Fuel title here in 1982.
Ron Capps, Carlsbad, Calif., NAPA Dodge Charger, 4.134, 304.05 mph def. John Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Castrol GTX High MileageFord Mustang, 6.633, 116.35 mph.
Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg, Ind., Geico Lucas Oil dragster, 3.818, 316.90 mph, def. Antron Brown, Brownsburg, Ind., Matco US Army dragster, 3.831, 313.80 mph.
Erica Enders, New Orleans, La., KLR Group Chevrolet Cobalt, 6.569, 210.05 mph, def. Allen Johnson, Greeneville, Tenn., Mopar Dodge Avenger, 14.495, 58.43 mph.