CAPPS EARNS NO. 7 IN BRAINERD QUALIFYING BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14, 2010) - Racing the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger Funny Car, Ron Capps earned the No. 7 starting position for Sunday's 29th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International ...
CAPPS EARNS NO. 7 IN BRAINERD QUALIFYING
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14, 2010) - Racing the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger Funny Car, Ron Capps earned the No. 7 starting position for Sunday's 29th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the final event of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series "regular" season.
With only three qualifying rounds completed this weekend, because of rain on Friday, Capps recorded his quickest pass of 4.142 seconds at 293.98 mph in the third and final pass. His other laps included a tire-smoking 6.139/104.70 on Friday (No. 15), and a 4.171/293.47 earlier today (No. 8), the third quickest pass of that round. "We were trying to run a 4.12 or a 4.13 on that last lap," he said.
"I won't say we're in test mode," added Capps, who entered this weekend's race fifth in points (46 behind his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman, and 62 behind his other DSR teammate Matt Hagan), "but we're trying a few things that we want to get accomplished before the Countdown starts. They've done some great work at the track. They redid the asphalt here after the concrete and did a great job. Like every year we come here, if the conditions allow it, this track will hold pretty much any record run. And tomorrow is going to call for cooler conditions, so you're going to see some very fast racing."
The Countdown to 1 playoffs begin following this race for the top 10 in points in the final six events of the year.
"We're going to test in Indianapolis next week," added Capps, "but one great thing about this race in Brainerd is that it's really a last chance to move up in position for the Countdown and that's what we are trying to achieve. We have our two teammates Hagan and Beckman right in front of us and we feel like if we have a good weekend we can move up in points a little bit.
"With this track in such good condition and the cooler temperatures predicted for Sunday, I'm pretty excited for the fans because they're going to see a great show tomorrow."
Capps faces Jim Head in the opening round of Sunday's eliminations.