Ron Capps breaks track record in Funny Car qualifying

Ron Capps breaks track record in Funny Car qualifying

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 7:51 p.m. ET

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (AP) Ron Capps set a track record to top Funny Car qualifying Friday in the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Capps, a two time winner this season, powered his Dodge Charger R/T to a Raceway Park elapsed-time record with a 3.870-second pass at 318.62 mph in the first session of qualifying. Capps will be racing for his third No. 1 qualifier of the season on Saturday.

''The first run was stout for the conditions,'' said Capps, who won Monday in Epping, New Hampshire. ''You never know what can happen. I hope it holds up tomorrow. It would be nice to have another green hat.''

Steve Torrence led in Top Fuel, Jason Line in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.


Torrence had a 3.735 at 325.06. He won the season opener in Pomona, California, and finished second in Epping.

Line raced to the quickest time of the year in Pro Stock, finishing in 6.519 at 212.56 in a Chevrolet Camaro. The Pro Stock points leader has four No. 1 qualifiers this year and has raced to five victories in eight final-round appearances.

Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Eddie Krawiec powered his Harley-Davidson to a 6.783 at 195.53. Krawiec, a former Raceway Park track manager, has two victories this year.