Norwalk yields fourth win of 2016 for Capps

Ron Capps' mid-season dominance continued in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio, as Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.

Norwalk yields fourth win of 2016 for Capps
Shawn Langdon
Ron Capps, Eddie Krawiec, Shawn Langdon, Jason Line
Funny Car winner Ron Capps
Jason Line
Top Fuel winner Shawn Langdon
Pro Stock winner Jason Line
Pro Stock Bike winner Eddie Krawiec
Eddie Krawiec
Eddie Krawiec
Shawn Langdon
Shawn Langdon
Jason Line


Capps raced his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T to a winning pass of 3.956 seconds at 317.49 mph against Courtney Force at 4.010 at 314.17.  This is his third win in four races, and has established a commanding 130-point lead over Force who lies second. 

“What Rahn Tobler [his Don Schumacher Racing crew chief] is doing right now is hard work,” Capps said. “This guy has been working his tail off.

“He’s not just a good crew chief, he is a good racer and I love that.  When he is pointing at me in the windshield before a run, it gives me all the confidence in the world.”

With the 49th win of his career, Capps has tied legendary racer Don Prudhomme for 11th on the all-time NHRA win list. Capps is a former driver of ‘The Snake’ and continues to admire the pioneer of the sport.

“He was my hero growing up,” Capps said, “so when you are mentioned like that it blows me away. To be mentioned with someone like Snake is crazy.”


Shawn Langdon, a DSR teammate to Capps, piloted his Red Fuel dragster to his second consecutive win of the year when he bested J.R. Todd in the final. His winning run of 3.846 at 319.75 earned Langdon his 13th career Top Fuel victory. Langdon defeated Troy Buff, Antron Brown and Brittany Force to reach the final.

Langdon admitted he had fortune on his side in the first round when Buff red-lighted giving Langdon the automatic win depsite his dragster losing traction early in the run.

“I think we are starting to see a little luck go our way, we really should have been out first round,” Langdon stated. “We went back and looked at everything and couldn’t find out why it did what it did.

“We went back to what we did in qualifying on Saturday with a hot weather tune up. We were able to put together three good straight runs and felt like we had a very strong car today.” 


Jason Line faced his teammate and No. 1 qualifier Greg Anderson in the PS final and it was Line’s Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro that had the early advantage off the starting line, holding off Anderson for his seventh win of the season. Line had a winning pass of 6.678 at 208.42 to Anderson’s run of 6.717 at 208.36

“It was hard today; it was very hot out there,” said Line. “We didn’t run as well as we would have liked and there were cars that were very close to us. They are getting closer and to win at the Summit race, in a Summit Car, at a Summit track is a huge deal. Greg and I have been very fortunate to make that happen a bunch of times, it’s fun.” 


Eddie Krawiec took his third win of 2016 when he defeated his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammate Andrew Hines in the final. Krawiec, who was also the No. 1 qualifier, had the winning run of 6.926 at 194.72 to defeat Hines. His path to the win was eventful as he went off the end of the track into the sand trap following both his semifinal and final runs.

“We went back to the pit and had to take out 30 pounds of pea gravel,” said Krawiec. “We put new brake pads on it, checked the fluid, drained everything and made sure it was 100 percent. We stopped fine in the lanes and everything. I see my fourth round win light against my teammate and went ‘not again’. I pulled the clutch in and went in for a ride.”

Final finish order at 10th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park  

TOP FUEL: 1.  Shawn Langdon; 2.  J.R. Todd; 3.  Doug Kalitta; 4.  Brittany Force; 5.  Tony Schumacher; 6.  Antron Brown; 7.  Leah Pritchett; 8.  Pat Dakin; 9.  Tripp Tatum; 10.  Troy Buff; 11.  Chris Karamesines; 12.  Richie Crampton; 13.  Clay Millican; 14.  Luigi Novelli; 15.  Terry McMillen.
Final: Shawn Langdon, 3.846 seconds, 319.75 mph  def. J.R. Todd, 3.937 seconds, 285.05 mph.

FUNNY CAR: 1.  Ron Capps; 2.  Courtney Force; 3.  Robert Hight; 4.  Tommy Johnson Jr.; 5.  John Force; 6.  Alexis DeJoria; 7.  Del Worsham; 8.  Cruz Pedregon; 9.  Tim Wilkerson; 10.  John Hale; 11.  Matt Hagan; 12.  Jack Beckman; 13.  Brandon Welch; 14.  Jeff Diehl; 15.  Chad Head.
Final: Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.956, 317.49  def. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.010, 314.17.

PRO STOCK: 1.  Jason Line; 2.  Greg Anderson; 3.  Shane Gray; 4.  Vincent Nobile; 5.  Allen Johnson; 6.  Alex Laughlin; 7.  Erica Enders; 8.  Drew Skillman; 9.  John Gaydosh Jr; 10.  Chris McGaha; 11.  Jeg Coughlin; 12.  Curt Steinbach; 13.  Charlie Westcott Jr.; 14.  Kenny Delco; 15.  V. Gaines; 16.  Bo Butner.
Final: Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.678, 208.42  def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.717, 208.36.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1.  Eddie Krawiec; 2.  Andrew Hines; 3.  Jerry Savoie; 4.  Angelle Sampey; 5.  Matt Smith; 6.  Cory Reed; 7.  Hector Arana; 8.  LE Tonglet; 9.  Hector Arana Jr; 10.  Michael Phillips; 11.  Jim Underdahl; 12.  Steve Johnson; 13.  Scotty Pollacheck; 14.  Michael Ray; 15.  Chip Ellis; 16.  Angie Smith.
Final: Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.926, 194.72  def. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.937, 193.29.

Point standings after 12 of 24 events in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Top Fuel: 1.  Doug Kalitta, 1,009; 2.  Antron Brown, 940; 3.  Steve Torrence, 846; 4.  Brittany Force, 832; 5.  Tony Schumacher, 729; 6.  Shawn Langdon, 711; 7.  J.R. Todd, 645; 8.  Clay Millican, 572; 9.  Richie Crampton, 570; 10.  Leah Pritchett, 463.

Funny Car: 1.  Ron Capps, 966; 2.  Courtney Force, 836; 3.  Jack Beckman, 823; 4.  Del Worsham, 762; 5.  Tommy Johnson Jr., 750; 6.  Matt Hagan, 747; 7.  Tim Wilkerson, 723; 8.  Robert Hight, 722; 9.  John Force, 668; 10.  Alexis DeJoria, 640.

Pro Stock: 1.  Jason Line, 1,389 *; 2.  Greg Anderson, 1,274 *; 3.  Bo Butner, 796; 4.  Allen Johnson, 719; 5.  Drew Skillman, 683; 6.  Vincent Nobile, 613; 7.  Chris McGaha, 557; 8.  Shane Gray, 532; 9.  Jeg Coughlin, 528; 10.  Alex Laughlin, 498.

Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1.  Eddie Krawiec, 557; 2.  (tie) Andrew Hines, 391; Jerry Savoie, 391; 4.  Angelle Sampey, 372; 5.  Chip Ellis, 300; 6.  Hector Arana, 291; 7.  LE Tonglet, 253; 8.  Matt Smith, 192; 9.  Scotty Pollacheck, 183; 10.  Steve Johnson, 179.

* Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

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