Capps, Ashley, Stanfield and Savoie All Win on Father's Day at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Ron Capps powered to the quickest run during every round of eliminations on Sunday in Bristol, including a pass of 3.984 seconds at 324.36 seconds in the final round in his 11,000-hp NAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra to defeat Tim Wilkerson.
Ron Capps tied Tony Schumacher for the most NHRA wins in Bristol Dragway history, picking up his sixth Funny Car win at the track on Sunday with his Father’s Day triumph at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Justin Ashley (Top Fuel), Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won at the ninth of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
Capps powered to the quickest run during every round of eliminations on Sunday in Bristol, including a pass of 3.984 seconds at 324.36 seconds in the final round in his 11,000-hp NAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra to defeat Tim Wilkerson. In the final, he made the only three-second run in eliminations on Sunday to earn his second this season and a remarkable 70th in the defending world champ’s outstanding career.
In Top Fuel, Ashley rolled to his second straight final round and finished the job on Sunday in Thunder Valley, going 3.813 at 325.30 in his 11,000-hp Phillips Connect powered by Vita C Shot dragster to defeat Shawn Langdon.
In one of the wildest Pro Stock final rounds in recent memory, Stanfield outlasted Elite Motorsports teammate Erica Enders in the championship round, going 8.801 at 103.98 in his Janac Brothers Chevrolet Camaro. Stanfield got loose early in the run, but then Enders ran into trouble, suffering an engine explosion, and the young standout was able to chase her down to pick up the win on Father’s Day.
After a mad dash to the starting line after an engine swap before the Pro Stock Motorcycle final round, Savoie won for the first time in 2022 on his White Alligator Racing Suzuki when Angelle Sampey went red. Savoie also left too soon by .010, but Sampey’s .052 red light handed the victory to Savoie.
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action June 23–26 with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
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