Capp wins Moser Sportsman Shootout at Dallas


Jim Rod Capp drove his Super Gas ’10 Corvette to the win in the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout this weekend during the South Central Division double-header event at Texas Motorplex.


A Houston-based driver, Capp qualified for the Moser Sportsman Shootout in Super Gas out of the year-long points battle during the 2018 NHRA racing season, and faced off with 15 other drivers from seven different NHRA classes in the eighth-mile race-within-a-race competition.


Name, Hometown, Car, Reaction Time, Dial In, Elapsed Time, Over/Under Index


Round 1

Slate Cummings, Ponchatoula LA, '00 Corvette, (0.035) 6.51 6.503 -0.007, def. Austin Williams, Waxahachie TX, '72 Duster, (0.042) 7.04 7.013 -0.027


Norman Marsden, Santo TX, '66 Chevy II, (0.027) 6.52 6.523 0.003, def. Craig Gualtiere, Amarillo TX, '05 Cavalier, (0.036) 6.01 5.997 -0.013


Rick Legaux, Kenner LA, '11 Mullis, (0.246) 6.05 6.037 -0.013, def. Max McGlothin, Frisco TX, '68 Camaro, (-0.025 foul) 6.50 13.573 7.073


Cy Hill, Lubbock TX, '94 Camaro, (0.003) 6.83 6.868 0.038, def. Ray Dew, League City TX, '70 Nova, (0.041) 7.27 7.280 0.010


Earl Folse, Raceland LA, '68 Camaro, (0.070) 4.25 4.250 0.000, def. Bengt Blomberg, Cypress TX, '97 Pontiac, (0.045) 4.39 4.351 -0.039


Jim Rod Capp, Houston TX, '10 Corvette, (0.029) 7.03 7.059 0.029, def. Val Harmon, Boutte LA, '69 Camaro, (0.075) 6.89 6.902 0.012


Bill Swann, Carrollton TX, '16 Monden, (0.016) 4.01 4.004 -0.006, def. Darian Boesch, Kenner LA, '16 Pro FAB, (0.019) 3.96 3.934 -0.026


Koy Collier, Benton LA, '07 Mullis, (0.009) 6.27 6.268 -0.002, def. Steve Collier, Benton LA, '06 Undercover, (-0.001 foul) 6.27 6.252 -0.018


Round 2

Cummings, (0.015) 6.50 6.506 0.006, def. Marsden, (0.028) 6.51 6.523 0.013

Swann, (0.100) 3.98 4.024 0.044, def. Folse, (-0.046 foul) 4.24 6.646 2.406

Capp, (0.010) 7.04 7.034 -0.006, def. Collier, (0.026) 6.26 6.233 -0.027

Hill, (0.014) 6.83 6.834 0.004, def. Legaux, (0.078) 6.05 6.029 -0.021



Hill, (0.012) 6.83 6.865 0.035, def. Cummings, (0.020) 6.47 22.287 15.817

Capp, (0.018) 7.02 7.025 0.005, def. Swann, (0.064) 4.01 4.035 0.025


Final Round

Capp, (0.037) 7.02 7.067 0.047, def. Hill, (0.086) 6.83 6.854 0.024  

Toyota to sponsor Kalitta at Houston

Toyota will be the primary sponsor of Doug Kalitta’s Top Fuel dragster at the upcoming Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park. 

Houston-area driver Conway to make national event debut in TAD

Shane Conway will make his NHRA national event debut this weekend driving his Top Alcohol Dragster at Houston Raceway Park. Conway, who lives in the Houston suburb of Spring, is a veteran Sportsman racer. He began driving in the TAD category in 2017.


"Racing at home this weekend will be fun. I think we're ready. We had Copeland Race Cars do some updates to the dragster and also had them change it over to a hand brake. We tested in Tulsa three weeks ago and shook off the cobwebs enough to enter the Dallas regional race this past weekend and had a chance to dial it in a little better."


In Dallas, Conway qualified the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent dragster fifth with a best of 5.35 at 268 mph, a run that ended in the sand trap when his parachutes failed to deploy. Fortunately, there was very little damage so Conway was able to race in eliminations -- held on Monday because of rain -- but lost a pedaling contest to Spencer Massey.

Sackman earns Top Fuel license in Brown’s dragster

Matt Sackman, cylinder head specialist on the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster and a Don Schumacher Racing developmental driver, successfully earned his NHRA Top Fuel license on Monday, April 8, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


Sackman, who has been part of the DSR family since 2013, first working as an intern on Antron Brown’s Top Fuel dragster before transitioning into a full-time position in 2014, licensed in the very machine he services daily while traveling the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit.


Sackman started driving his family’s Top Dragster in 2015 and in 2017 moved into the seat of a Top Alcohol Dragster sponsored by Hangsterfer’s Metalworking Lubricants.


“These young up-and-coming drivers are the future of our sport,” said DSR team owner Don Schumacher. “It’s exciting to see one of our own making big strides towards his goal of one day competing at the highest level of NHRA Drag Racing.”

What’s a champion gotta do?

Steve Torrence (bottom lane) and Billy Torrence during qualifying on Saturday at Las Vegas.


To say that this season hasn’t gone the way Steve Torrence expected would be an understatement. After dominating the NHRA Top Fuel class last season and claiming the championship, he has not won an event so far this year.


The Texas native is hoping for better luck in his home state at this week’s SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park.


“We love racing in Texas,” Torrence said. “The only thing we love more is winning in Texas.”


His father, Billy, will also race at Houston in the second Capco Contractors dragster. He won the class at Phoenix and currently is tied for sixth with Clay Millican in the Mello Yello points. Steve has had two runner-up finishes this season and sits third in the points.

Pedregon returns to tuning and sees car gain momentum

Cruz Pedregon and team are heading to the Lone Star State and bringing with them the momentum of five very consistent runs and some personal successes aced in Las Vegas last weekend.


"Now that I'm back as the tuner, it felt so great to have hit that 3.91 run. That’s the quickest run of my tuning career," Cruz said. "We're all holding our heads high, and we're excited to get to Houston Raceway to keep the positive energy moving forward with this Snap-on Dodge."


"We had the quickest quad of cars, and we could have taken 11 other cars on race day. So, we're feeling good about the way things are coming together for the car and the team" says Glenn Huszar, Cruz's crew chief. 

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