Ron Capps races to 5th Funny Car victory of season



LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ron Capps raced to his fifth Funny Car victory of the season Sunday, winning the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals to cut Jack Beckman’s series lead to four points with one race remaining.

Seeking his first season title after finishing second three times, Capps beat Beckman with a run of 4.070 seconds at 315.12 mph in his Dodger Charger for his 38th career victory.

Bob Vandergriff Jr. won in Top Fuel, Allen Johnson in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Vandergriff Jr. earned his second career Top Fuel victory with a run of 3.832 at 324.75, edging seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher in the final. Schumacher moved to second in the standings, 65 points behind Antron Brown.

In Pro Stock, Johnson raced his sixth victory of the season and 15th of his career with a 6.637 pass at 208.17 in a Dodge Avenger. He has a 126-point lead over second-place Jason Line.

Krawiec won for the ninth time this season and 20th overall, finishing at 6.959 at 194.10 on a Harley-Davidson. On Saturday at the track, the series leader won the rain-delayed Mohnton, Pa., final