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Capps, Lucas, Enders and Krawiec Win NHRA Brainerd

Ron Capps (above) raced to the Funny Car victory Aug. 19, at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals and moved into the Full Throttle Series points lead for the first time this season with one race remaining before the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the penultimate regular season event in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Ron Capps

Capps powered away from 15-time world champ John Force in the Funny Car final round to take his third win of the season, third at Brainerd International Raceway and 36th of his career. Capps cruised to a final round performance of 4.134 seconds at 304.05 mph in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger, while Force’s Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang lost traction and finished in 6.633 at 116.35.

“I’m pretty excited to go to Indy with the points lead,” said Capps, who now leads Robert Hight by 53 points.

“Force is cagey. He’s good here. He could be having the worst year ever and still come here and win. I was doubtful that we were going to get a win. He’s been eking it out all day and getting on a roll. He knows how to take it to the next level. I looked over at about 800 feet and didn’t see him ahead of me, and we got the win light.”

In Top Fuel, Lucas edged Antron Brown at the finish line for his third victory of the season and his third win at this event, sponsored by his family’s oil company. Lucas posted a 3.818 at 316.90 in his GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster to hold off Brown’s charging Matco Tools dragster, which trailed with a 3.831 at 313.80.

Morgan Lucas with his mother, Charlotte

“Anytime you can win here for our family, especially for my dad who is so involved in this race, is a dream come true,” Lucas said.

“Hopefully, it’s a sign of good things to come for us. You can’t help but get a lot of confidence out of an outing like this. You never know with these cars. There is a lot of hard work put in that is starting to show on the track.”

With the runner-up finish, Brown moved into the series points lead, 58 ahead of Spencer Massey.

Enders continues to make Pro Stock history as she raced to her third victory of the season and second in a row.  She outran series points leader Allen Johnson in the final round with a performance of 6.649 at 208.26 in her GK Motorsports Chevy Cobalt. Johnson’s Team Mopar Dodge Avenger experienced tire shake at the start and slowed near mid-track.

Enders is the first female to win at BIR since Shirley Muldowney won a Top Fuel title there in 1982.

“Beating AJ [Allen Johnson isn’t easy,” Enders said. “There are a lot of tough guys out there. To be able to run against the best out here shows that our hard work is finally paying off. We’ve been chasing them for a number of years.”

Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Krawiec remained undefeated in Pro Stock Motorcycle, claiming his sixth victory of the season in as many finals and increasing his series points lead by defeating final round opponent Hector Arana Jr., who fouled at the start on his Lucas Oil Buell.

“He jumped out in front of me and at first I thought I was late but about 300 feet out, I looked up and saw that my win light was on,” Krawiec said. “I realized that he red-lighted.”

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The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series continues Aug. 29-Sept. 3 with the 58th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus in Indianapolis, the world’s most prestigious drag race.


BRAINERD, Minn. — Final round-by-round results from the 31st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the 16th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:


ROUND ONE — Morgan Lucas, 3.788, 327.90 def. Steve Torrence, 3.859, 318.84; David Grubnic, 3.798, 321.96 def. Clay Millican, 4.655, 164.09; Cory McClenathan, 3.838, 318.09 def. Shawn Langdon, 4.068, 317.64; Tony Schumacher, 3.797, 325.69 def. Terry McMillen, 5.960, 110.60; Antron Brown, 3.851, 305.29 def. Bob Vandergriff, 3.844, 325.22; Bruce Litton, 3.884, 304.74 def. Spencer Massey, 5.037, 138.10; Doug Kalitta, 3.844, 320.89 def. Keith Murt, 4.059, 227.80; Khalid alBalooshi, 3.773, 322.81 def. Brandon Bernstein, 3.818, 321.35; QUARTERFINALS — Brown, 3.811, 322.65 def. Grubnic, 3.844, 313.58; Lucas, 3.858, 311.20 def. McClenathan, 6.460, 96.69; Kalitta, 3.900, 306.81 def. Litton, 4.620, 163.75; Schumacher, 3.821, 322.96 def. alBalooshi, 3.826, 322.65; SEMIFINALS — Lucas, 3.812, 323.19 def. Schumacher, 3.819, 322.42; Brown, 3.812, 320.05 def. Kalitta, 3.828, 321.96; FINAL — Lucas, 3.818, 316.90 def. Brown, 3.831, 313.80.



ROUND ONE — Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.496, 248.52 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 6.175, 151.94; Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.045, 313.58 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Chevy Impala, broke; Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.057, 314.09 def. Tony Pedregon, Camry, broke; Johnny Gray, Charger, 4.653, 224.58 def. Jim Head, Toyota Solara, 4.913, 214.69; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.079, 313.88 def. Courtney Force, Mustang, 4.628, 182.18; John Force, Mustang, 14.039, 69.97 def. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, DQ; Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.475, 247.79 def. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.653, 197.65; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.097, 308.14 def. Jeff Arend, Camry, 4.109, 309.13; QUARTERFINALS — Wilkerson, 5.282, 139.53 def. Neff, foul; Hagan, 4.106, 305.70 def. Beckman, 4.278, 233.88; J. Force, 4.120, 307.44 def. C. Pedregon, 4.212, 245.81; Capps, 4.112, 307.79 def. Gray, 4.199, 297.55; SEMIFINALS — J. Force, 4.135, 308.28 def. Wilkerson, 4.435, 235.80; Capps, 4.105, 303.71 def. Hagan, 4.290, 242.41; FINAL — Capps, 4.134, 304.05 def. J. Force, 6.633, 116.35.



ROUND ONE — Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.592, 210.18 def. Ronnie Humphrey, Pontiac GXP, 6.622, 209.33; Jeg Coughlin, Dodge Avenger, 6.595, 209.72 def. V. Gaines, Avenger, 6.570, 209.52; Mark Martino, GXP, 6.599, 207.30 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 12.950, 65.69; Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.608, 208.78 def. Vincent Nobile, Avenger, 6.584, 209.14; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.568, 210.01 def. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.615, 208.81; Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 6.542, 210.83 def. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.639, 208.36; Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.542, 210.60 def. Chris McGaha, Avenger, 6.621, 208.65; Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.590, 209.43 def. Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.593, 209.23; QUARTERFINALS — Morgan, 6.624, 209.30 def. Martino, DQ; Krisher, 6.583, 209.14 def. Edwards, 6.601, 210.08; A. Johnson, 6.563, 210.44 def. Coughlin, 6.722, 189.42; Enders, 6.545, 210.31 def. Line, 6.595, 210.64; SEMIFINALS — A. Johnson, 6.569, 209.98 def. Krisher, 6.622, 208.71; Enders, 6.561, 210.28 def. Morgan, 6.637, 208.23; FINAL — Enders, 6.569, 210.05 def. A. Johnson, 14.495, 58.43.


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ROUND ONE — John Hall, Buell, 6.993, 190.35 def. Michael Ray, Buell, 7.013, 188.94; Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.922, 191.27 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.013, 187.81; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.926, 192.14 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.014, 192.06; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.908, 193.52 def. Shawn Gann, Buell, foul; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.865, 194.27 def. Chip Ellis, Buell, 7.045, 186.61; Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.171, 182.48 def. Hector Arana, Buell, foul; Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.894, 192.22 def. Mike Berry, Buell, 6.936, 192.22; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.927, 192.19 def. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.952, 191.08; QUARTERFINALS — Hall, 6.999, 189.55 def. Phillips, 7.049, 190.62; Krawiec, 6.876, 194.94 def. Stoffer, 7.000, 191.73; Arana Jr, 6.912, 192.06 def. Tonglet, 7.781, 132.67; Hines, 6.876, 194.69 def. Pollacheck, 7.007, 188.75; SEMIFINALS — Arana Jr, 6.914, 191.67 def. Hines, 6.911, 193.13; Krawiec, 6.885, 194.49 def. Hall, 7.062, 185.84; FINAL — Krawiec, 6.896, 192.47 def. Arana Jr, foul.


BRAINERD, Minn. — Sunday’s final results from the 31st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The race is the 16th of 23 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Top Alcohol Dragster — Jim Whiteley, 5.400, 266.37  def. Chase Copeland, 13.198, 58.95.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Frank Manzo, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.528, 261.02  def. Annie Whiteley, Ford Mustang, 5.708, 257.24.

Competition Eliminator — Bruno Massel, Chevy Cobalt, 7.001, 179.49  def. David Rampy, Bantam Roadster, 7.278, 168.39.

Super Stock — Dan Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 10.464, 117.68  def. Ron Roddel, Pontiac Grand Am, foul.

Stock Eliminator — Brad Plourd, Chevy Nova, 12.538, 98.29  def. Bill Feist, Ford Mustang, 10.397, 126.00.

Super Comp — Steve Mikus, Dragster, 8.881, 157.63  def. Luke Bogacki, Dragster, 8.870, 158.71.

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Super Gas — Luke Bogacki, Chevy Corvette, 10.044, 132.95  def. Mark McMasters, Corvette, 10.143, 132.87.

Top Dragster — John Lobner, Dragster, 6.803, 197.94  def. Craig Sullivan, Dragster, foul.

This story was originally published on August 20, 2012. Drag Illustrated

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