BROWNSBURG, IN - Ron Capps scored his second Funny Car victory of the season on Saturday, taking home the Wally in the postponed Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals final, which was finally concluded during Saturday's qualifying for the 60th annual US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, IN.<br />
In Saturday's qualifying sessions, Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) topped their respective divisions with two more final rounds of qualifying to be held on Sunday.<br />
Two weeks and more than seven hundred miles from where the Funny Car final was postponed by rain at Brainerd International Raceway, Capps beat out John Force with a pass of 4.026 at 320.36 mph over Force's 4.126, 313.88, earning his 43rd-career Funny Car victory.<br />
"It was hard waiting all this time," said Capps of the postponed final. "It was cool knowing you were going to race Force, knowing you're going to do it at Indy of all places on a Saturday night under the lights. We knew that was going to happen regardless."<br />
Saturday's final round took place during the third round of qualifying for the US Nationals, where Jack Beckman took over the top qualifying spot with a record-breaking low ET of 4.004 seconds at 319.07 mph to knock Del Worsham from the provisional no. 1 qualifier spot.<br />
Worsham came out as pair of the last pair in Saturday's session and was able to improve on his run from Friday, but still not enough to eclipse Beckman's time, posting a 4.268, 227.42 mph to take second. Matt Hagan held onto third, moving ahead of Capps with a 4.021, 318.99 mph while Capps took fourth with the 4.026, 320.36 mph from his finals run against Force. Tim Wilkerson was fifth at 4.026, 317.49 mph.<br />
Force - who was appearing in his fifth straight final round - dropped from 11th to 14th in the field and will need to race his way into the field during the final two qualifying sessions on Sunday.<br />
Pro Stock also wrapped up their semi-final rounds from the Lucas Oil Nationals, with Jason Line beating out Dave River with a pass of 6.589 at 210.01 mph which was enough to hold onto the No. 1 qualifier spot. Jeg Coughlin bested Vincent Nobile with a time of 6.638 at 207.88 mph to move on to face Line in the final, which will be held during Saturday's qualifying session.<br />
"The Summit Camaro is on a rail right now," said Line. "It's definitely the best race car that I've ever had. It's taken us a long time to get here, but it's a great feeling
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