Indianapolis Bud Shootout Report

CLERMONT, Ind. - Ron Capps earned a second straight victory in the $100,000 Big Bud Shootout Sunday at the 45th annual U.S. Nationals, adding a spark to what has otherwise been a dreadful season for the Don Prudhomme-owned Funny Car team. ...

CLERMONT, Ind. - Ron Capps earned a second straight victory in the $100,000 Big Bud Shootout Sunday at the 45th annual U.S. Nationals, adding a spark to what has otherwise been a dreadful season for the Don Prudhomme-owned Funny Car team. Joe Amato, Tommy Johnson, Jr., Warren Johnson and Matt Hines will lead their respective pro categories into Monday's 11 a.m. eliminations at the $2.6 million race, the 16th of 22 events in the $40 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. In other racing completed Sunday, Craig Eaton, Mike Coughlin, Scott Perin and Greg Stanfield advanced to the Pro Stock Truck semi-finals. San Diego's Capps rebounded from a first round fire that destroyed the primary body for his Copenhagen Chevrolet Camaro to defeat Tony Pedregon for the win in the NHRA specialty event that showcases the eight-quickest Funny Car drivers over a 21-race span. "It went kaboom and erupted and I just have to thank God that I was able to get out of it OK," Capps said. "I can't believe the crew got it back together like they did. It certainly looked like all the chips were against us, but when I looked out the window of the car before the run and saw Snake (Don Prudhomme, team owner) pump his fist, I knew we still had a chance. Tony pulled away from us but we stayed after it. We started gaining on him and he started to falter. This is the 'Big Go,' you don't quit." Capps covered the Indianapolis Raceway Park quarter-mile in 5.266 seconds at 256.45 mph to defeat Pedregon's Castrol Syntec Mustang, which slowed near the finish, running 5.576 at 192.47. Capps joins Al Hofmann (1994-95) as the event's only back-to-back winners. "When you look at the season we've had it would be easy to just throw in the towel," said Capps, currently 13th in the NHRA Winston point standings. "Despite all the bad luck, we just keep fighting. Winning the Big Bud Shootout like we did today is just a testament to the kind of team we have." With the Shootout victory, Capps has the potential to earn approximately $335,000 for the weekend, if he were to win the U.S. Nationals ($135,000, including a $50,000 'double-up' bonus) and the $100,000 Winston No Bull Challenge. The Winston No Bull Challenge candidate is determined through a pre-race lottery-style drawing. Amato, from Exeter, Pa., earned his fourth No. 1 qualifying spot of the year in Top Fuel with his track record run of 4.529 at 324.20 in his Superman Racing dragster. Top Fuel favorite Kenny Bernstein failed to qualify, his first DNQ of the season and first absence from U.S. Nationals eliminations since 1980. Johnson, Jr., from Ottumwa, Iowa, scored his second No. 1 position of the season in Funny Car, driving his Joe Gibbs-owned Interstate Batteries Pontiac Firebird to a 4.885 at 315.71. Johnson, of Buford, Ga., took his 12th No. 1 spot of the year in Pro Stock with his category-best 6.920 at 199.82 in his Superman Racing Pontiac Firebird. Trinidad, Colo.'s Hines paced the Pro Stock Motorcycle field on his Superman Racing Suzuki, taking his sixth top qualifying effort of '99 with a 7.260 at 183.94. In opening Pro Stock Truck eliminations, Eaton upset No. 1 qualifier Mark Osborne in a Dodge vs. Chevrolet second round battle. Pro Stock Truck eliminations will be completed Monday.

CLERMONT, Ind. -- First-round pairings for professional eliminations Monday for the 45th annual U. S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the 16th of 22 events in the $40-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Sunday. Top Fuel -- 1. Joe Amato, Exeter, Pa., 4.529 seconds, 324.20 mph vs. 16. Andrew Cowin, Huntington Beach, Calif., 4.707, 303.71; 2. Cory McClenathan, Anaheim, Calif., 4.577, 319.52 vs. 15. Steve Smith, Princeton, N.C., 4.704, 312.86; 3. Gary Scelzi, Fresno, Calif., 4.582, 320.97 vs. 14. Paul Romine, Indianapolis, 4.688, 303.84; 4. Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti, Mich., 4.611, 313.07 vs. 13. David Grubnic, Ennis, Mont., 4.683, 307.65; 5. Bob Vandergriff, Cumming, Ga., 4.619, 316.30 vs. 12. Jim Head, Columbus, Ohio, 4.669, 308.78; 6. Tony Schumacher, Park Ridge, Ill., 4.638, 318.47 vs. 11. Mike Dunn, Wrightsville, Pa., 4.658, 307.23; 7. Eddie Hill, Wichita Falls, Texas, 4.644, 314.31 vs. 10. Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti, Mich., 4.656, 308.00; 8. Randy Parks, Lombard, Ill., 4.648, 312.78 vs. 9. Doug Herbert, Cherryville, N.C., 4.656, 310.20. Funny Car -- 1. Tommy Johnson Jr., Ottumwa, Iowa, Pontiac Firebird, 4.885, 315.71 vs. 16. Chuck Etchells, Putnam, Conn., Chevrolet Camaro, 5.081, 298.27; 2. Dean Skuza, Brecksville, Ohio, Dodge Avenger, 4.891, 305.15 vs. 15. Del Worsham, Laguna Hills, Calif., Firebird, 5.048, 302.62; 3. Ron Capps, San Diego, Camaro, 4.902, 304.80 vs. 14. Bob Gilbertson, Gastonia, N.C., Firebird, 5.043, 301.33; 4. Tim Wilkerson, Springfield, Ill., Firebird, 4.903, 306.95 vs. 13. Scotty Cannon, Lyman, S.C., Firebird, 5.040, 305.42; 5. Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis, Camaro, 4.908, 312.06 vs. 12. Gary Densham, Bellflower, Calif., Firebird, 5.031, 305.15; 6. Tony Pedregon, Gardena, Calif., Ford Mustang, 4.919, 315.05 vs. 11. Jerry Toliver, Huntington Beach, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette, 5.023, 306.46; 7. Cristen Powell, Portland, Ore., Firebird, 4.921, 306.12 vs. 10. Jim Epler, Phoenix, Firebird, 4.982, 304.53; 8. John Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Mustang, 4.967, 311.13 vs. 9. Frank Pedregon, Alta Loma, Calif., Firebird, 4.969, 300.26. Pro Stock -- 1. Warren Johnson, Buford, Ga., Pontiac Firebird, 6.920, 199.82 vs. 16. Kurt Johnson, Lawrenceville, Ga., Chevrolet Camaro, 7.001, 198.70; 2. Mark Pawuk, Bath, Ohio, Firebird, 6.966, 197.39 vs. 15. Terry Adams, Millers Creek, N.C., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 6.999, 197.28; 3. Greg Anderson, Jacksonville, N.C., Cutlass, 6.971, 197.54 vs. 14. Troy Coughlin, Columbus, Ohio, Cutlass, 6.998, 197.83; 4. Richie Stevens, New Orleans, Firebird, 6.974, 196.64 vs. 13. Rickie Smith, King, N.C., Firebird, 6.996, 196.22; 5. Jeg Coughlin, Columbus, Ohio, Cutlass, 6.977, 197.59 vs. 12. George Marnell, Las Vegas, Firebird, 6.996, 197.31; 6. Allen Johnson, Greeneville, Tenn., Dodge Avenger, 6.988, 197.39 vs. 11. Bruce Allen, Arlington, Texas, Firebird, 6.995, 197.22; 7. Mike Trumble, Pasadena, Texas, Firebird, 6.988, 196.73 vs. 10. Mike Edwards, Broken Arrow, Okla., Camaro, 6.992, 196.76; 8. Mike Thomas, Knoxville, Tenn., Firebird, 6.990, 197.08 vs. 9. Jim Yates, Alexandria, Va., Firebird, 6.991, 196.70.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Matt Hines, Trinidad, Colo., Suzuki GSXR, 7.260, 183.94 vs. 16. Brian DeLong, Circleville, Ohio, Suzuki, 7.532, 177.37; 2. Angelle Seeling, New Orleans, Suzuki, 7.321, 181.40 vs. 15. Chris Bostick, Winter Springs, Fla., Suzuki, 7.487, 177.53; 3. Craig Treble, Chandler, Ariz., Suzuki, 7.358, 180.94 vs. 14. Ron Ayers, Greenville, N.C., Suzuki, 7.462, 182.45; 4. Antron Brown, Chesterfield, N.J., Suzuki, 7.367, 181.50 vs. 13. Gary Tonglet, Metairie, La., Suzuki, 7.450, 179.18; 5. David Schultz, Fort Myers, Fla., Suzuki, 7.373, 180.50 vs. 12. Fred Camarena, Placentia, Calif., Suzuki, 7.441, 179.64; 6. Tony Mullen, Bradenton, Fla., Suzuki, 7.374, 181.08 vs. 11. C.J. Smith, Champlin, Minn., Suzuki, 7.437, 179.47; 7. John Smith, Minneapolis, Suzuki, 7.378, 183.72 vs. 10. Steve Johnson, Chatsworth, Calif., Suzuki, 7.431, 179.42; 8. Greg Underdahl, Minneapolis, Suzuki, 7.389, 180.84 vs. 9. Larry Cook, West Linn, Ore., Suzuki, 7.391, 178.17.

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Sunday's final results from the 1999 $100,000 Big Bud Funny Car Shootout at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

ROUND ONE -- Ron Capps, San Diego, Chevrolet Camaro, 5.825, 239.61 def. Dean Skuza, Brecksville, Ohio, Dodge Avenger, 7.116, 138.27; Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo, Calif., Pontiac Firebird, 5.246, 275.79 def. Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis, Camaro, 8.314, 107.65; Del Worsham, Laguna Hills, Calif., Firebird, 5.048, 302.62 def. John Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Ford Mustang, 5.130, 279.96; Tony Pedregon, Chino Hills, Calif., Mustang, 4.964, 312.57 def. Tim Wilkerson, Springfield, Ill., Avenger, 5.049, 276.75;

SEMIFINALS -- Capps, 5.403, 194.07 def. Worsham, 7.215, 116.31; T. Pedregon, 4.984, 281.95 def. C. Pedregon, 11.848, 70.86;

FINAL -- Capps, 5.266, 256.45 def. T. Pedregon, 5.576, 192.47.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Paul Romine , Doug Herbert , Antron Brown , Frank Pedregon , Mike Thomas , Matt Hines , Jeg Coughlin , Mike Dunn , Kenny Bernstein , Mark Pawuk , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Jim Epler , Tony Pedregon , Al Hofmann , Dean Skuza , Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Gary Scelzi , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Andrew Cowin , Ron Ayers , Mike Coughlin , Steve Smith , Tommy Johnson , Chuck Etchells , David Grubnic , Gary Densham , Scotty Cannon , Scott Kalitta , Don Prudhomme , Greg Stanfield , Bruce Allen , Tim Wilkerson , Fred Camarena , Greg Underdahl , George Marnell , Terry Adams , Allen Johnson , Rickie Smith , Mike Trumble , Jerry Toliver , Bob Vandergriff , Steve Johnson , Chris Bostick , Mike Edwards , Tommy Johnson Jr. , Cristen Powell