CAPPS TARGETS THIRD WIN IN BRISTOL CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 15, 2010) - Ron Capps has won twice at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, and he's tied for the most number of victories there with John Force and Del Worsham. He'd...
CAPPS TARGETS THIRD WIN IN BRISTOL
CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 15, 2010) - Ron Capps has won twice at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, and he's tied for the most number of victories there with John Force and Del Worsham. He'd like to break that tie at this weekend's 10th annual event, the third of a string of four in a row in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
For the NAPA AUTO PARTS Funny Car team this is an important time as Capps and crew chief Ed "Ace" McCulloch aim to be high in the top 10 in the standings when the Countdown to 1 playoffs begin for the final six races of the season.
"We are right in the middle of this four-in-a-row stretch," said Capps, who is currently seventh in the rankings and still seeking his first championship after three runner-up season finishes, "and it's a crucial part of the season because you want to keep your head above water and stay up in the points.
"But, as we've seen in the championship chase the last few years, it really doesn't matter where you end up in the Countdown as long as you're in. And we still talk about doing some experimenting with some in-house parts that we're trying and, with the NHRA limit of just four days for testing, you have to do a lot of your testing during the races and that's what a lot of teams are doing. We heard (points leader) Robert Hight talk last weekend in Englishtown about how they're having to switch up their clutch discs, and that's something that everybody has to go through.
"We are focused on the big picture. We've come up short of the championship a few times and we've done really well in the beginning of the season at different times. We're just trying to take a step back and look down the road and see what we have to do to try to get that championship ring.
"No matter what, having a great leader like Ed McCulloch, you never get too far out of the forest. We always feel like we have a great chance of winning when we go to the starting line.
"We've been lucky enough to win in Bristol a couple of times, and we did well at the All-Star race, where I was in the final. There's just a great atmosphere there. Not only that, it's another excellent Bruton Smith track. So, it's always nice to go there, especially when you come off a race like Englishtown (first-round loss). We didn't meet our expectations on Sunday, although we qualified well.
"When you go to Bristol you know you're going to get a good track surface. Every track is going to have its nuances. That's part of the character of each track and that's when it pays off to have a talented crew chief like Ace. I feel like we're just one run away from getting our first win of the year."