There’s now just three races left in the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series season. The teams head to Texas this weekend, Vegas in two weeks and Pomona in a month. That’s all that’s left in 2017 for the series. With that being said, the Funny Car championship is likely down to a battle between just two drivers now, Ron Capps vs. Robert Hight.
Capps, currently leads Hight by just 46 points heading into this weekend’s event, as making up points on these two will be tough to come by and have just three races to do so in.
Capps, has two straight victories and three final round appearances over the last four events. He’s been on top of the points standings through every race with the exception of one since the first Charlotte race earlier this year. With eight wins to his credit this season, I highly doubt he’s going to fall into a slump over the final three events.
Hight, has three wins himself this season, all coming over the last eight events too. In 60-percent of the last 10 events, he’s made it out of the first or second round. On top of that, the John Force Racing driver has been the top qualifier in six of the last nine races and has qualified in the top three in 13 of the last 14 events.
He will pose a threat to Capps that’s for sure.
But, who can honestly close the gap with those two when they are driving that well?
Courtney Force is next in the standings, but she’s 108 points out. While she does have two final round appearances over the last three events, she hasn’t won either of them and also is winless overall in 2017. Counter that with three first or second round defeats over the last five events and her having to end her winless drought quickly, I don’t think she has enough to realistically make up enough ground.
So, what about Matt Hagan? He’s fourth in the standings and 157 points out. He does have four top two qualifying efforts over the last seven events, but he also has four first round defeats over the last seven races too. He hasn’t made it to the final round since Epping. That’s not a good enough combo to close the gap.
Then there’s Jack Beckman. He’s won twice this year but hasn’t been to a final round since his last win at Norwalk, 10 races ago. He’s been bounced in the first two rounds in six of the last nine events. Again, doesn’t sound like a championship caliber contender right now if you ask me.
Also, I don’t think anyone behind Beckman poses a realistic threat for the title either.
So, that’s why it is really down to Capps vs. Hight.