Capps, Dixon, Johnson win
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Ron Capps raced to his third Funny Car victory of the season Sunday, beating No. 1 qualifier Ashley Force Hood in the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.
Larry Dixon and Allen Johnson also won their divisions in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing series event.
Capps had a 4.265-second run at 286.07 mph in his Dodge Charger R/T to edge Hood.
"When they said we won, it was such a great feeling," Capps said. "Ed McCulloch fought the conditions today and all weekend long. We dropped cylinders all weekend, and we got put in that lane that was considered not as good as the left lane, and we won two rounds in that right lane.
"To have conditions with a 125-degree track temperature and have a two-lane dragstrip with both lanes getting wins was a phenomenal job by Heartland Park Topeka and the NHRA Safety Safari."
The win helped strengthen Capps' lead over Del Worsham in the point standings.
Larry Dixon raced to his second Top Fuel win of the season, beating Clay Millicam with a 3.971-second run at 301.74.
The win pushed Dixon from sixth to fourth in the standings, 141 points behind first-place Tony Schumacher.
In Pro Stock, Johnson won for the first time in almost three years, driving his Dodge Stratus to a holeshot win at 6.726 at 204.94 over Mike Edwards.
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