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SPORT NEWS – Capps wins Callout; Drive, Capps, Anderson, Sampey qualify No. 1 at NHRA US Nationals

Capps wins Callout; Drive, Capps, Anderson, Sampey qualify No. 1 at NHRA US Nationals


Ron Capps gained the Pep Boys NHRA Humorous Automotive All-Star Callout on Sunday at this weekend’s prestigious 68th annual Dodge Energy Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals, beating Matt Hagan within the ultimate spherical to take the $80,000 high prize within the bonus occasion at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Brittany Drive (High Gas), Capps (Humorous Automotive), Greg Anderson (Professional Inventory) and Angelle Sampey (Professional Inventory Bike) additionally certified No. 1 on the sixteenth of twenty-two races in the course of the 2022 NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence season and the ultimate occasion of the common season.

Capps, the defending world champion, put collectively a run of three.936s at 330.47mph in his NAPA Auto Elements GR Toyota Supra, knocking off Hagan on a holeshot. Hagan ran a faster 3.900s at 328.66mph, however Capps was faster off the beginning line to choose up the specialty race win. He beat Tim Wilkerson and John Drive to achieve the ultimate spherical, whereas Hagan knocked off Alexis DeJoria and Robert Hight. Capps’ 0.026s response time finally proved to be the distinction within the finals.

“This turned out to be a lot enjoyable,” Capps stated. “The automobile was hauling the mail within the ultimate spherical and it’s so cool to win on a holeshot and to do it for this a lot cash, I like it for my guys. We’ve had so many particular moments this yr and this ranks proper up there, till hopefully tomorrow. However this one is basically, actually huge for us.”

In search of his first Dodge Energy Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals victory, Capps additionally secured his fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season along with his run of three.864s at 333.58mph towards Wilkerson. Sunday’s win offered momentum, however Capps is aware of he might get one of many greatest wins of his profession on Monday. He’ll open eliminations towards Dale Creasy Jr.

“We’ve acquired a terrific race automobile proper now,” Capps stated. “Final yr stung and that was the run of the yr in Humorous Automotive. We’ll take a while to take pleasure in this No. 1 and this win, and we’ll prepare for tomorrow.”

Drive delivered a magical second on Sunday, breaking each ends of the observe document at Indy with an unimaginable run of three.640s at 337.75mph in her Monster Power dragster. It provides Drive, the present factors chief, her seventh No. 1 this season and thirty ninth in her profession, however this one is actually particular for the previous world champion. She’s after her first profession U.S. Nationals, opening eliminations towards Dan Mercier in what additionally ended up being the quickest qualifying discipline in NHRA historical past. Mercier certified No. 16 with a 3.758s at 318.99mph, whereas Drive will strive for her fifth victory this season.

“That is positively an enormous one for this Monster Power workforce,” Drive stated. “That is the largest race of the season; it’s the one race everybody needs to win. There’s additional motivation coming into it. It’s Indy and everybody needs to perform one thing right here. That was a killer run, particularly since we struggled each lap after which we lastly acquired it found out. It was excellent. Then for it to be a part of the quickest discipline in NHRA historical past and to be a part of that with 25 automobiles is fairly unimaginable. That’s historical past and we wish to go away our mark so to return right here to Indy and take that No. 1, we’re simply excited.”

Justin Ashley secured the second spot with a run of three.671s at 335.32mph, which momentarily set the pace document on Sunday, whereas Steve Torrence is third along with his 3.692s at 329.02mph.

Professional Inventory’s Anderson wrapped up his third straight No. 1 qualifier this season on the power of his 6.567s at 208.10mph from Saturday in his HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro. It’s a part of a terrific run for the defending world champion, who’s in search of his first victory of the season. He’ll begin race day towards Fernando Cuadra Sr. and has one aim for Monday: to choose up his one hundredth profession victory. Doing so on the world’s greatest drag race would make it that a lot sweeter for Anderson, who can also be attempting to get his seventh Indy victory and first on the observe since 2011.

“It’s simply good to have a race automobile that may win once more,” Anderson stated. “We had been lower than par for the primary races however we’re again. We’re climbing the ladder and we all know that we will win once more. Now, we simply have to put all of it collectively on Monday. The driving force has to have his act collectively and do an excellent job. Everybody on this class is a killer. Indy is a marathon, so that you’ve acquired to be taught to save lots of a bit of for Monday. Now, it’s only a matter of who can carry the largest gun tomorrow.”

Anderson’s KB Racing teammate Dallas Glenn wrapped up the second spot after going 6.578s at 207.72mph, whereas factors chief Erica Enders completed third with a 6.582s at 208.97mph. Enders has gained the final two races at Indy.

In Professional Inventory Bike, Sampey held onto her No. 1 spot from Saturday, clinching her fourth high qualifier of the season because of her run of 6.796s at 199.88mph on her Mission Meals/Vance & Hines Suzuki. It’s additionally the 57th profession No. 1 qualifier for Sampey, who will attempt to win the U.S. Nationals for the primary time in 20 years. That may wrap up a stellar weekend for Sampey, who’s after her third win on the Massive Go. She’ll tackle Ron Tornow to open eliminations.

“The final two runs at the moment had been good, and we really feel assured going into tomorrow,” stated Sampey, who has seven profession No. 1 qualifiers on the U.S. Nationals. “We’re going to carry onto this the perfect we will and we’re actually able to successful this race if I can preserve my composure. I’m going to provide it my all and I simply wish to win the race. However I have to do my job within the first spherical and that’s the place I have to preserve my focus. I’m simply so snug on this bike.”

Defending world champ Matt Smith made the perfect two runs on Sunday and completed second with a 6.800s at 201.16mph, whereas Krawiec’s 6.826s at 198.79mph from earlier within the weekend put him third. Factors chief Joey Gladstone certified seventh.

Eliminations for the celebrated Dodge Energy Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals start at 10 a.m. ET on Monday at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

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SPORT NEWS – Capps wins Callout; Drive, Capps, Anderson, Sampey qualify No. 1 at NHRA US Nationals
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