Ron Capps' Charger

Ron Capps Dodge Charger runs a record 3.964 at 320.89mph

Tonight marked the first two rounds of qualifying for the Toyota NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown New Jersey and while Toyota may be the title sponsor – it was the NAPA Dodge Charger funny car driven by Ron Capps who made the most noise as he turned a record elapsed time of 3.964 seconds on the 1,000 foot long track.

Englishtown Raceway in New Jersey is known for being one of the fastest tracks on the NHRA schedule and with cool temperatures Friday night, the NHRA field was primed to turn in some amazing times with Team Mopar driver Ron Capps making sure that the Funny Car class didn’t disappoint. By the end of tonight’s racing, Capps and Top Fuel driver Spencer Massey both set new records for the fastest lap times in their respective classes.

Capps came out for the first round of qualifying in Englishtown for the Toyota NHRA SuperNationals with his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger and turned a very respectable 4.079 seconds at 309.56 miles per hour. This placed him third behind Robert Hight in the Auto Club Mustang (4.077s,312.77mph) and Mike Neff in the Castrol GTX Mustang (4.052s, 312.71). In the second round of qualifying, six of the 20 cars attempting to qualify ran faster than Mike Neff’s top qualifying time of 4.052 but it was Ron Capps in the NAPA Charger who claimed the top spot with his remarkable record time of 3.964 seconds with a trap speed of 320.89 miles per hour. This elapsed time of 3.964 seconds beats the previous funny car record set by fellow Dodge Charger driver Matt Hagan of 3.995 seconds and Capps’ speed of 320.89mph is good enough to best Jack Beckman’s record speed (also in a Dodge Charger) of 318.99mph – both of which were set in Concord NC last September.


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