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Ron Capps wins NHRA New England Nationals for first Funny Car victory of season

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EPPING, N.H. - Ron Capps raced to his first victory of the season and 41st overall, beating Alexis DeJoria in the Funny Car final Sunday in the NHRA New England Nationals.

Capps had a winning run of 4.095 seconds at 315.19 mph in his Dodge Charger.

"We hadn't been in the final since Brainerd," Capps said. "There was only one spot left in the Traxxas Shootout. We didn't want to talk about it in our pit."

Tony Schumacher won in Top Fuel, Dave Connolly in Pro Stock and Angie Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Seven-time season champion Schumacher won for the second time this season and 74th overall. He had a pass of 3.824 at 323.27 to beat points leader Doug Kalitta.

Connolly had a 6.536 at 213.23 in a Chevy Camaro to beat Gray Motorsports teammate Jonathan Gray. It was Connolly's 24th victory and first since 2012.

Smith raced to her first career victory, beating husband and teammate Matt Smith with a pass of 6.905 at 191.89 on a Buell. It was the first husband-wife final in an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.

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