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Ron Capps wins NHRA Southern Nationals

Associated Press Modified: May 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm •  Published: May 6, 2012

COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) — Ron Capps won the NHRA Southern Nationals on Sunday at Atlanta Dragway to end John Force Racing's season-opening Funny Car winning streak at six.

Capps raced to his 34th career victory, outrunning JFR's Robert Hight in the final round with a 4.166-second run at 303.91 mph in a Dodge Charger. Hight finished in 4.399 at 273.44 in a Ford Mustang.

"We had a rough spot back in April when we didn't qualify for the Las Vegas race, but I knew good things would happen when Don (Schumacher) decided to move Rahn Tobler over to our team as crew chief," said Capps, who beat Daniel Wilkerson, Matt Hagan and Jeff Arend to advance to the final. "I've learned so much from listening to him already. He's made me a better driver and I think he helped restart my career."

Steve Torrence won the Top Fuel division, Greg Anderson topped the Pro Stock class, and Eddie Krawiec took the Pro Stock Motorcycle competition.

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