In a shorter duration that even Ron Capps thought was possible, he is now a winning driver while also being the car owner.
The Funny Car final was a fantastic, all-three-second affair between four of the best in the business and it was 2021 world champion Ron Capps who led the way with a 3.914 to finish ahead of Matt Hagan (3.924), Robert Hight (3.943), and Alexis DeJoria (3.954). It didn’t take Capps long to get his first win as a team owner, winning in just his fourth start since forming Ron Capps Motorsports over the winter.
"I would sound cocky to say I expected us to win this soon as tough as Funny Car is," said the 69-time winner. "I knew we'd have to earn it. I didn't think it would come at a four-wide especially going in that final round to look over and see Robert and Matt and Alexis.
"I was speechless. It was like my first win, makes you believe that dreams are out there. In a million years I never thought I'd ever own one Wally. I still can't believe it. Here I am, in my 50s, and living a lifelong dream."
RPM Round By Round:
Round 1 - Ron Capps faced Tim Wilkerson, JR Todd & Jason Rupert in round 1 and won the matchup with JR Todd coming in the second position and moving on to the next round. With a run of 3.970 at 268.65 MPH he didn't have to show too much strength early in the day.
Round 2 - Round 2 added Bob Tasca and Matt Hagan along with JR Todd but the end result stayed the same with Capps and Hagan moving on with Capps winning the round with a run of 3.902 at 329.91 MPH.
Round 3 - In 4 wide competition, round 3 dec ides who takes home the Wally and Capps would not be denied against an all-star field. Adding Robert Hight and Alexis DeJoria to the mix along with Hagan, Capps got there first with a run of 3.914 at 331.20 MPH.
The victory is Capps’ second in four-wide competition, the first coming in Charlotte in 2017.
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