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Coach Holtmann shows he means business in suspension of Funderburk

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head men’s basketball coach, suspended redshirt freshman forward Derek Funderburk Thursday for failure to meet team expectations.

Derek Funderburk

 

Funderburk, a native of Lakewood, Ohio, played his senior year of high school at Hargrave Military Academy. He redshirted in 2016-17 at Ohio State and has four years of eligibility remaining.

Holtmann is showing right away that he is setting the tone for how he wants players to carry themselves in his program more than any kind of serious off-the-floor transgression.

“I really want him to be successful overall,” Holtmann said. “He’s talented, but he has some work to do in some areas outside of basketball. I’ll let you guys kind of figure that out, but one of them is in the classroom. He has some definite work to do. When we see progress in that area, and significant progress, then we’ll reevaluate things. But we need to see and have to see definite progress.”

 

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Higuain, Manneh lead way as Crew SC dominates Montreal, 4-1

 

Federico Higuain

Kekuta Manneh


Federico Higuain records a brace, reaches 48 goals in Black & Gold;
Kekuta Manneh records first regular-season goal and assist with Crew SC;
Ola Kamara scores his 25th career goal for Crew SC;
Josh Williams makes 100th MLS career start

For Immediate Release: June 24, 2017


Columbus Crew SC 4 – Montreal Impact 1
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY
CLB – Federico Higuain (Unassisted) 17’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2sOpfcI]
MTL – Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Blerim Dzemaili, Hernan Bernardello) 19’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2tHIeFQ]
CLB – Kekuta Manneh (Ola Kamara) 70’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2t7UqlM]

CLB – Ola Kamara (Kekuta Manneh) 72’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2sDNagk]

CLB – Federico Higuain (Adam Jahn, Zack Steffen) 88’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2t4w2RR]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (8-9-1, 25 points):
Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United FC (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH)

Saturday, July 1 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com, TSN).

 


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2t87Rmb


TEAM STATISTICS:
http://bit.ly/2t7qXZq


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
http://bit.ly/2sOPP5p


HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
http://bit.ly/2t4kldT

AUDIO FROM FORWARD OLA KAMARA: http://bit.ly/2t4kldT


AUDIO FROM FORWARD KEKUTA MANNEH:
http://bit.ly/2t4kldT

AUDIO FROM GOALKEEPER ZACK STEFFEN: http://bit.ly/2t4kldT


TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistants: Nick Uranga, Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga
Attendance: 16,592
Weather: 77 degrees and clear

 

GOALS/ASSISTS

CLB – Federico Higuain (Unassisted) 17’

MTL – Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Blerim Dzemaili, Hernan Bernardello) 19’

CLB – Kekuta Manneh (Ola Kamara) 70’

CLB – Ola Kamara (Kekuta Manneh) 72’

CLB – Federico Higuain (Adam Jahn, Zack Steffen) 88’

 

 

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY
MTL – Kyle Fisher (caution) 16’’

MTL – Hassoun Camara (caution) 34’

CLB – Justin Meram (caution) 45+1’

CLB – Harrison Afful (caution) 78’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Jonathan Mensah, Jukka Raitala; Wil Trapp ©, Artur; Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram (Kekuta Manneh 69’); Ola Kamara (Adam Jahn 87’)

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver; Hector Jimenez, Alex Crognale, Dilly Duka, Mohammed Abu,

Montreal Impact: Evan Bush; Wandrille Lefevre, Laurent Ciman, Kyle Fisher; Hassoun Camara (Michael Salazar 76’), Hernan Bernardello, Marco Donadel (Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla 72’), Chris Duvall; Blerim Dzemaili; Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Matteo Mancosu 54′), Ignacio Piatti ©


Substitutes not used
: Maxime Crepeau; Patrice Bernier, Calum Mallace, Dominic Oduro


TEAM NOTES
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With his two goals in tonight’s match, Federico Higuain has now scored 48 goals in 140 regular-season appearances (135 starts). Only Jeff Cunningham (64 goals) and Brian McBride have scored more goals for Crew SC than Higuain. Through 17 appearances (all starts) in the 2017 MLS regular season, Federico Higuain has scored nine goals (tied for team lead with Ola Kamara) and notched five assists for the Black & Gold. This was the fourth consecutive match in which Federico Higuain scored a goal for Crew SC. Higuain previously scored in a home match against Seattle Sounders FC (May 31) and in road contests against the Colorado Rapids (June 3) and Atlanta United FC (June 17).

With his game-winning goal in tonight’s match against the Montreal Impact, forward Kekuta Manneh tallied his first goal for Crew SC since joining the club in March of this year. Manneh also provided the assist on Ola Kamara’s goal in the 72nd minute. Through the 2017 MLS regular season, Manneh has made six appearances (three starts) for the Black & Gold, registering one goal and one assist.

Forward Ola Kamara tallied his ninth goal and his third assist of the 2017 MLS regular season tonight. The goal was also Kamara’s 25th goal for Crew SC in 43 regular-season appearances (37 starts) in tonight’s match. With the goal, Kamara is now one of only four players on Crew SC’s current roster to have scored 25 or more regular-season goals. The other players on the roster to have scored at least 25 goals are Federico Higuain (48), Justin Meram (32) and Ethan Finlay (30). Last year, Kamara scored 16 goals in 25 regular-season appearances (20 starts). This season, Kamara has made 18 appearances (17 starts) and is currently the co-leading scorer for the Black & Gold in the 2017 MLS regular season along with Higuain (nine goals).

Two Crew SC players recorded their first assist for the club: forward Adam Jahn and goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Steffen played a ball to Jahn, who then passed to Federico Higuain, allowing Higuain to score the fourth goal in the 88th minute.  This season, Adam Jahn has made 13 regular-season appearances (one start) for the Black & Gold. Zack Steffen has made 18 appearances (all starts) for Crew SC in the 2017 MLS regular season.

Defender Josh Williams made his 100th start and 112th appearance in MLS regular-season action. Williams played the entire 90 minutes, making 51 passes and getting 62 touches on the ball. This season, Williams has made nine regular-season appearances (seven starts) for the Black & Gold.

Tonight’s match marked the 16th regular-season meeting between Crew SC and the Montreal Impact. With the win, the Black & Gold’s record is now 8-5-3 against the Impact. Crew SC has scored 11 goals over the past four regular-season contests against the Impact.

Next up, Crew SC hosts Eastern Conference opponent Atlanta United FC on Saturday, July 1 at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com, TSN).

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Troy Coughlin secures #1 qualifying position at Saturday’s Norwalk NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series

 

COUGHLIN EARNS NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION; WINS FIRST ROUND OF ELIMINATIONS

NORWALK, Ohio – Troy Coughlin raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in dramatic fashion and won the first round of competition at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the eighth of 12 events on the 2017 schedule.

Coughlin raced to the qualifying lead in his JEGS.com Chevy Corvette, with his pass of 5.756-seconds at 259.31 mph for his third No. 1 qualifying position of the season. His speed of 259.31 bested the previous record set by Melanie Troxel in 2011.
In the first round of eliminations Coughlin faced Danny Row and was able to parlay his top qualifying position to advance to the second round. Coughlin posted a winning run of 5.751 at 258.42 to the trailing pass of Row at 6.274 at 178.71. Coughlin will face Michael Biehle II when racing resumes tomorrow.
“It’s pretty awesome,” said Coughlin. “To be at home, in our home state, with a lot of the associates from JEGS.com up here, we couldn’t be more excited to be able to be No. 1 and national record-holder. We strive to break records and there’s going to be people who break our records. We’re just pretty excited to be a big piece of J&A Service Pro Mod series and the NHRA. All the folks at Jegs.com, Pro Line, Mac Tools, I mean, there’s many that are out here that help support our racing program and we couldn’t be more excited for sure.”
In other racing action, points leader Mike Castellana races Shannon Jenkins, Rickie Smith will face off against Jonathan Gray and Shane Molinari will square up against Stevie Jackson.
The second round of eliminations for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series are slated to begin at 12:45 p.m. Sunday.
***

NORWALK, Ohio — First round results from the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the eighth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:
ROUND ONE — Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.842, 255.00 def. Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, 8.170, 113.25; Jonathan Gray, Chevy Camaro, 5.835, 249.44 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.933, 247.25; Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.803, 256.21 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.857, 249.49; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.751, 258.42 def. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 6.274, 178.71; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.875, 246.44 def. Steve Matusek, Camaro, Foul – Outer Boundary; Steve Jackson, Camaro, 6.537, 166.60 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 10.185, 93.75; Shannon Jenkins, Mustang, 5.860, 246.66 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 8.083, 109.83; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.914, 248.57 def. Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, Foul – Red Light.
NORWALK, Ohio – FastNews Network – Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals:
Psn—Num-Driver, Home Town, Car Type—————Qual-ET–Qual-Spd
1    2 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, ’15 Corvette       5.756@ 259.31
2    1 Rickie Smith, King NC, ’17 Camaro              5.821  248.80
3 6718 Shane Molinari, Battle Ground WA, ’68 Firebird 5.831  257.28
4   44 Mike Castellana, Oyster Bay NY, ’17 Camaro     5.841  246.98
5   77 Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa AL, ’16 Mustang    5.843  246.93
6  280 Steve Jackson, Evans GA, ’17 Camaro            5.846  244.03
7   13 Jonathan Gray, Artesia NM, ’17 Camaro          5.848  246.93
8    4 Michael Biehle, North Vernon IN, ’67 Mustang   5.857  254.71
9  288 Sidnei Frigo, Sao Paulo BZ, ’16 Corvette       5.873  252.61
10 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’14 CTS-V  5.874  248.02
11 1518 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA, ’69 Daytona      5.895  247.61
12    7 Khalid alBalooshi, Dubai UA, ’17 Camaro        5.895  247.16
13 2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC, ’69 Chevelle 5.899  237.09
14 1938 Eric Latino, Port Perry ON, ’69 Camaro         5.900  248.61
15    5 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, ’68 Camaro           5.903  249.58
16    8 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, ’15 Corvette      5.906  247.57
———— Not Qualified ————
17 1456 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, ’16 Camaro           5.920  242.98
18  325 Harry Hruska, Hebron IN, ’14 Camaro            5.921  248.43
19  213 Chip King, Roxboro NC, ’70 Charger             5.937  244.21
20 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, ’67 Mustang   6.041  240.12
21 1262 Chuck Little, Atkinson NH, ’63 Corvette        6.058  241.50
22    3 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI, ’14 Camaro       6.103  241.58
23  701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM, ’68 Firebi  6.145  245.32
24 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’69 Camaro    6.162  193.29
25  303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL, ’16 Camaro      6.818  159.95
26 275T Ruben Tetsoshvili, Wesley Chapel FL, ’17 Cama  8.125  109.81

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

Saturday #1 qualifiers at Norwalk include Anderson, Hagan, Kalitta & M. Smith

 

 

NO. 1 QUALIFIERS SATURDAY AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA NATIONALS

 

NORWALK, Ohio — Matt Hagan powered to his third No. 1 qualifier of the season Saturday at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

 

 

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the twelfth of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

 

 

Hagan secured the top spot after setting the track elapsed-time record with a pass of 3.865-seconds at 333.33 mph in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T during the second session Friday night.

 

 

“I feel pretty good about this track and this car, so we definitely feel like we have an opportunity to turn on four win lights tomorrow,” Hagan said. “We know we need to put this car in the winner’s circle a few more times to move to the top spot in the standings, and that’s really what we are trying to do.”

 

Robert Hight set the track speed record at 334.65 with a 3.870 during his second qualifying session on Friday in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro to sit at second at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds. Teammate John Force qualified third after a 3.911 at 319.98 in his PEAK Chevy Camaro.

 

 

Kalitta maintained his advantage atop the Top Fuel category with an elapsed time track record run of 3.709-second pass at 327.43 mph in his Mac Tools dragster during the second session on Friday night, earning his first No. 1 qualifier on the year and 48th of his career.

 

“It’s been awhile since we qualified first and there is no better place than your own backyard for Kalitta Motorsports,” Kalitta said. “We’re looking forward to carrying that into tomorrow, and we are definitely excited to get racing again.”

 

 

Kalitta is now tied for 15th in NHRA history with Antron Brown as each of the active Top Fuel drivers have 48 career No. 1 qualifiers to their credit.

 

 

Brittany Force secured the number two slot after a 3.714 pass at 327.66 during her second run on Friday night in her Monster Energy dragster. Points leader Steve Torrence qualified third with a run of 3.715 at 328.46 in his Capco Contractors dragster as he chases his fourth win of the season.

 

 

In Pro Stock, Anderson held on to the top spot after driving to a 6.584 at 210.24 pass in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro during the fourth and final session. He secured his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and the 88th of his career.

 

 

“We knew today was going to be a good day with the improved weather, and the racetrack was great today so we figured we would need to improve our runs from yesterday to stay on top,” Anderson said. “It’s a pretty cool feeling to do that here in front of the home crowd at Summit Motorsports Park, so I’m happy we were able to make it happen.”

 

 

Points leader Bo Butner qualified second with a 6.588 at 210.41 in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevy Camaro. Drew Skillman locked in the third spot after a 6.593 at 209.92 in his Ray Skillman Chevrolet Camaro.

 

 

Smith notched the first slot in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a run of 6.824 at 196.16 in his Victory Polaris Magnum during his third qualifying run. He was able to lock down his 25th career No. 1 qualifier and first of the season.

 

 

“Today went well, and we didn’t even think we were going to be able to go that fast but my crew did a great job to solve some problems we have had this year,” Smith said. “We have to keep learning and hopefully we can use this as a turning point in the season.”

 

 

LE Tonglet notched the second spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle after a 6.847 at 195.36 in his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki, as he chases his third victory of the season. Hector Arana secured the third qualifying position after a 6.886 at 194.63 in his Lucas Oil Buell.

 

 

Eliminations at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals begins at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

 

 

***

 

 

NORWALK, Ohio — Sunday’s first-round pairings for eliminations for the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the 12th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.

 

 

Top Fuel — 1. Doug Kalitta, 3.709 seconds, 327.43 mph  vs. 16. Troy Buff, 3.972, 284.33; 2. Brittany Force, 3.714, 327.66  vs. 15. Pat Dakin, 3.912, 313.95; 3. Steve Torrence, 3.715, 328.46  vs. 14. Troy Coughlin Jr., 3.894, 313.37; 4. Leah Pritchett, 3.720, 323.81  vs. 13. Ike Maier, 3.880, 298.47; 5. Antron Brown, 3.736, 332.26  vs. 12. Dom Lagana, 3.851, 320.51; 6. Clay Millican, 3.741, 324.51  vs. 11. Scott Palmer, 3.828, 319.14; 7. Terry McMillen, 3.750, 323.35  vs. 10. Shawn Langdon, 3.799, 320.66; 8. Tony Schumacher, 3.766, 328.38  vs. 9. Mike Salinas, 3.792, 315.71.

 

 

Did Not Qualify: 17. Chris Karamesines, 4.065, 276.13; 18. Luigi Novelli, 4.429, 186.07.

 

 

Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.865, 333.33  vs. 16. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 4.561, 201.40; 2. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.870, 334.65  vs. 15. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.092, 310.91; 3. John Force, Camaro, 3.911, 319.98  vs. 14. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 4.076, 306.46; 4. Jonnie Lindberg, Toyota Camry, 3.922, 323.89  vs. 13. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.018, 321.19; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.925, 329.34  vs. 12. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.002, 320.89; 6. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.930, 324.67  vs. 11. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.991, 322.65; 7. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.943, 320.13  vs. 10. Del Worsham, Camry, 3.982, 317.05; 8. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.962, 328.22  vs. 9. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.971, 322.04.

 

 

Did Not Qualify: 17. Courtney Force, 4.627, 194.41.

 

 

Pro Stock — 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.584, 210.24  vs. 16. Mark Hogan, Pontiac GXP, 6.862, 202.24; 2. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.588, 210.41  vs. 15. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.792, 202.03; 3. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.593, 209.92  vs. 14. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.704, 206.57; 4. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.593, 209.07  vs. 13. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.703, 206.86; 5. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.594, 210.24  vs. 12. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.668, 206.73; 6. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.610, 209.49  vs. 11. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.632, 209.33; 7. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.616, 210.01  vs. 10. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.623, 210.47; 8. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.619, 209.49  vs. 9. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.619, 208.91.

 

 

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.824, 196.16  vs. 16. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 7.056, 189.68; 2. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.847, 195.36  vs. 15. Melissa Surber, Buell, 7.018, 192.41; 3. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.886, 194.63  vs. 14. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.958, 193.29; 4. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.904, 193.65  vs. 13. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.952, 192.28; 5. Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 6.908, 193.60  vs. 12. Angelle Sampey, Victory, 6.943, 192.74; 6. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.916, 193.79  vs. 11. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.940, 192.25; 7. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.929, 193.46  vs. 10. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.937, 193.18; 8. Mike Berry, Buell, 6.932, 192.03  vs. 9. Cory Reed, Victory, 6.932, 191.13.

 

 

Did Not Qualify: 17. Michael Ray, 7.164, 177.00; 18. Odolph Daniels, 7.624, 171.34.

 

 

2017 NHRA Event Photos

2017 NHRA event audio

2017 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals fact sheet

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

NHRA Funny Car World Champion Ron Capps up for 2017 ESPY Best Driver Award

 

GLENDORA, Calif. (June 25, 2017) — Ron Capps’ 2016 Funny Car world championship season and hot start to the 2017 season has earned him a nomination for an ESPY award in the Best Driver category, it was announced this week. This is the first time he has been nominated for the prestigious honor in his 23-year NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series career.

Capps is nominated alongside Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud and NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. The ESPY Awards, for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, was created by ESPN in 1993. The nominees are selected for their performances over the past 12 months.
“What we did with our NAPA Auto Parts team last year was huge after trying to win the championship for about 20 years,” Capps said. “Just to be nominated with this group is unbelievable.”

Ron Capps

The 2016 season was a breakthrough one for veteran Capps and his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team. He clinched the 2016 Funny Car championship crown after winning five national events in ten finals appearances. In pursuit of his first world title Capps finished second in the points a record four times in his Funny Car career before shedding the title of the winningest driver in NHRA history to not win a championship. In 2017, Capps has won five of the first 12 races of the NHRA Mello Yello Series season and has a solid lead in the Funny Car points standings.
“It will be fun to see our NHRA nation and all the NHRA fans try to beat those guys from NASCAR, IndyCar  and, Formula One,” Capps said. “It will be a star-studded night and just attending will be something I’ll never forget.”
Fans can vote for Capps and their other sports heroes by logging on to http://es.pn/TupHtl. The 25th edition of the ESPY awards will be hosted by Peyton Manning and will be held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.  Voting for the ESPYS ends July 12 at 8 p.m. ET.
Capps joins Erica Enders, John Force, Greg Anderson, Tony Schumacher, Ashley Force Hood, Del Worsham, Melanie Troxel, and Tony Pedregon as NHRA drivers who have been nominated for ESPY awards.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.
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