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Ron Capps races to third straight NHRA Funny Car victory

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COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) Ron Capps raced to his third straight Funny Car victory, beating Tim Wilkerson on Sunday in the NHRA Southern Nationals final.

Capps had a 3.991-second pass at 317.91 mph in a Dodge Charger R/T for his second victory at Atlanta Dragway.

“It’s a pinch-me moment,” said Capps, the defending season champion. “The car speaks for itself, lately. This was probably one of the more difficult race tracks to navigate. You really had to be ready for two or three different sets of bumps. It makes for an exciting run but you’re just hoping, at the same time, that your car stays in the groove. Funny Car is just getting tougher and tougher.”

Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel, Bo Butner in Pro Stock, and LE Tonglet in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Torrence won for the second straight event, topping Tony Schumacher with a 3.745 at 320.81.

Butner won for the second time this year. He edged Erica Enders with a 6.569 at 211.26 in Chevrolet Camaro.

Tonglet also won for the second straight event, beating teammate Jerry Savoie with a 6.843 at 194.43 on a Suzuki.

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Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)