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September 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Ron Capps, the veteran funny car drag racer, has finished second in the championship standings four times. That includes last year, when the Carlsbad driver lost the title by only two points to Jack Beckman, his teammate at Don Schumacher Racing. Now, with five events left in this year's season, guess where Capps sits in the standings: Second. This time Capps, 48, trails another teammate, 2011 funny car champion Matt Hagan, by 82 points as the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Mello Yello Series heads to Dallas for this weekend's AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals.
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February 8, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Ron Capps awoke Saturday and promptly saw his phone was "lit up" with calls and text messages, he said. "I thought maybe something bad had happened. " What had happened the day before certainly wasn't good. A day earlier, the 7,000-horsepower engine on Capps' 300-mph NHRA funny car had exploded near the finish line at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Pieces of the engine flew off, as did the top of the car's carbon-fiber body, leaving a shaken Capps exposed as the car rolled to a stop.
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August 19, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at the weekend in motor racing -- including the NASCAR race in Michigan, NHRA drag racing in Minnesota and the motocross event in Utah -- five things come to mind: 1. Clint Bowyer keeps rolling. The headlines naturally went to Joey Logano for winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, but save one for Bowyer. Although he's winless this season, the 34-year-old Kansan finished fifth at Michigan despite an early spinout, his 13th top-10 finish of the year.
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September 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Ron Capps, the veteran funny car drag racer, has finished second in the championship standings four times. That includes last year, when the Carlsbad driver lost the title by only two points to Jack Beckman, his teammate at Don Schumacher Racing. Now, with five events left in this year's season, guess where Capps sits in the standings: Second. This time Capps, 48, trails another teammate, 2011 funny car champion Matt Hagan, by 82 points as the National Hot Rod Assn.'s premier Mello Yello Series heads to Dallas for this weekend's AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals.
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November 9, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Ron Capps has more funny car victories than drag-racing greats Don Garlits and Don Prudhomme. He's raced for the most deep-pocketed NHRA owners. In his 18th season, Capps, 48, came to the Auto Club Finals in Pomona positioned for the coronation of his first season championship after winning two weeks ago in Las Vegas. But after a second failed qualifying run Friday, the most decorated driver without a season title is again looking at the possibility of coming up short. "We're not happy right now, we're backed into a corner," Capps, from Carlsbad, said as his crew worked on his car and veteran crew chief Rahn Tobler prepared for a likely all-night study session to address why the car suffered an aborted run. Capps dropped seven points behind funny car points leader and teammate Jack Beckman of Norco, when Beckman posted a top-qualifying speed of 319.75 mph in 4.025 seconds.
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August 17, 2009 | Associated Press
Tony Pedregon raced to his third funny car victory of the season Sunday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Pedregon, who replaced longtime crew chief Dickie Venables with Tony Shortall last week, powered his Chevy Impala to a 4.149-second run at 295.59 mph to hold off Ron Capps in the final. Capps' Dodge Charger lost traction after the start and finished in 6.613 at 99.35. "I didn't anticipate this happening on such short notice, but I had all the information in front of me, and it was just a matter of putting the right people in the right places," Pedregon said after the 43rd victory of his career.
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November 11, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Jack Beckman and Ron Capps impressively stared down their moments of truth in NHRA qualifying. Now, the funny car teammates have one last day at the Auto Club Finals at Pomona Raceway to decide who'll claim their first season points championship. Capps moved within two points of Beckman on Saturday, using his fourth and final qualifying run to move from 16th place to first with a time of 4.007 seconds at 319.29 mph. "This week has been a roller coaster just like our season," said Capps, a three-time points runner-up from Carslbad.
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February 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
Adding to a banner day for women in U.S. motor racing, Courtney Force won drag racing's funny car event Sunday at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona. Hours after Danica Patrick made history by capturing the pole position for NASCAR's Daytona 500, Force powered her Ford funny car past Ron Capps of Carlsbad in the final round of eliminations at Auto Club Raceway. Force, the 24-year-old daughter of legendary funny car driver John Force of Yorba Linda, prevailed with a run of 4.025 seconds at 317.12 mph down the 1,000-foot drag strip.
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February 4, 1999 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gary Scelzi and John Force stand atop the drag racing world going into the opening event of the National Hot Rod Assn. season, the 39th annual AutoZone Winternationals today through Sunday at Pomona Raceway. Scelzi, who lives in Fresno, is the two-time defending Winston series champion in top fuel. Force, from Yorba Linda, has won eight funny-car championships, the last six in a row.
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November 11, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
NHRA top-fuel driver Antron Brown became the first African American to win a major motor racing title Sunday, leaning on the big points lead he took into a race day that ended prematurely. Brown was beaten in the first round of Sunday eliminations at the Auto Club Finals in Pomona, then waited more than six hours before seven-time top-fuel champion Tony Schumacher's furious rally was extinguished by Brandon Bernstein in the final. It was Bernstein's first win of the season, and it left Schumacher seven points shy of Brown - who won five top-fuel events this year.
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August 19, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at the weekend in motor racing -- including the NASCAR race in Michigan, NHRA drag racing in Minnesota and the motocross event in Utah -- five things come to mind: 1. Clint Bowyer keeps rolling. The headlines naturally went to Joey Logano for winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, but save one for Bowyer. Although he's winless this season, the 34-year-old Kansan finished fifth at Michigan despite an early spinout, his 13th top-10 finish of the year.
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February 24, 2013 | Wire reports
South Korea's Inbee Park took advantage of 17-year-old Thai star Ariya Jutanugarn's closing triple bogey to win the LPGA Thailand tournament by a stroke. Jutanugarn blew a two-stroke lead on the par-five 18th hole at Chonburi, driving into an unplayable lie in a bunker, hitting over the green and three-putting for an eight. Park shot a five-under 67 to finish at 12 under, and earned $225,000 for her fourth LPGA Tour title. Jutanugarn had a hole in one on the par-three 12th and closed with a 72. Top-ranked Yani Tseng had a 63 to tie for third at 10 under with So Yeon Ryu (68)
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February 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
Adding to a banner day for women in U.S. motor racing, Courtney Force won drag racing's funny car event Sunday at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona. Hours after Danica Patrick made history by capturing the pole position for NASCAR's Daytona 500, Force powered her Ford funny car past Ron Capps of Carlsbad in the final round of eliminations at Auto Club Raceway. Force, the 24-year-old daughter of legendary funny car driver John Force of Yorba Linda, prevailed with a run of 4.025 seconds at 317.12 mph down the 1,000-foot drag strip.
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February 16, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
After a celebrated rookie year that ended with mixed results, funny-car racer Alexis DeJoria is approaching her second season with a lower profile and higher expectations of her first win. "Last year was my first year and there were tons of publicity and interviews all the time," DeJoria said Saturday. "Coming out for our first race [this year], we wanted to keep things somewhat calm. " The first race is this weekend's NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, and DeJoria qualified for the final eliminations Sunday that determine the event's winner.
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November 11, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
NHRA top-fuel driver Antron Brown became the first African American to win a major motor racing title Sunday, leaning on the big points lead he took into a race day that ended prematurely. Brown was beaten in the first round of Sunday eliminations at the Auto Club Finals in Pomona, then waited more than six hours before seven-time top-fuel champion Tony Schumacher's furious rally was extinguished by Brandon Bernstein in the final. It was Bernstein's first win of the season, and it left Schumacher seven points shy of Brown - who won five top-fuel events this year.
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November 11, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Jack Beckman and Ron Capps impressively stared down their moments of truth in NHRA qualifying. Now, the funny car teammates have one last day at the Auto Club Finals at Pomona Raceway to decide who'll claim their first season points championship. Capps moved within two points of Beckman on Saturday, using his fourth and final qualifying run to move from 16th place to first with a time of 4.007 seconds at 319.29 mph. "This week has been a roller coaster just like our season," said Capps, a three-time points runner-up from Carslbad.
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February 16, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
After a celebrated rookie year that ended with mixed results, funny-car racer Alexis DeJoria is approaching her second season with a lower profile and higher expectations of her first win. "Last year was my first year and there were tons of publicity and interviews all the time," DeJoria said Saturday. "Coming out for our first race [this year], we wanted to keep things somewhat calm. " The first race is this weekend's NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, and DeJoria qualified for the final eliminations Sunday that determine the event's winner.
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November 9, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Ron Capps has more funny car victories than drag-racing greats Don Garlits and Don Prudhomme. He's raced for the most deep-pocketed NHRA owners. In his 18th season, Capps, 48, came to the Auto Club Finals in Pomona positioned for the coronation of his first season championship after winning two weeks ago in Las Vegas. But after a second failed qualifying run Friday, the most decorated driver without a season title is again looking at the possibility of coming up short. "We're not happy right now, we're backed into a corner," Capps, from Carlsbad, said as his crew worked on his car and veteran crew chief Rahn Tobler prepared for a likely all-night study session to address why the car suffered an aborted run. Capps dropped seven points behind funny car points leader and teammate Jack Beckman of Norco, when Beckman posted a top-qualifying speed of 319.75 mph in 4.025 seconds.
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