ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. - It was a disappointing trip for Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS team to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park at Englishtown, N.J., for the 44th annual NHRA Toyota Summernationals.

Ron Capps
Ron Capps

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But despite a subpar No. 11 qualifying position and loss in Sunday's opening round, Capps and crew chief Rahn Tobler at least were pleased with the performance of Don Schumacher Racing's Dodge Charger R/T.

Capps and Tobler tuned their Funny Car to a 4.123-second run at 306.19 mph that was their best of five tries over the weekend and tied for fourth best in the opening round. It would have been quick enough to win five of the eight first-round match-ups.

But it wasn't enough to defeat former world champion Cruz Pedregon, whose 4.088-second pass against Capps was the quickest through eliminations on Sunday.

"That makes us feel like we are on the right path to get our NAPA Dodge on track so we can challenge for the championship," Capps said. "We found the problem that has been holding us back. Now it's on to Bristol (Tenn.) in two weeks, and we'll be ready to run when we get there."

Tobler added, "We had an equipment malfunction throughout qualifying and didn't get a real shot at the racetrack until that run on Sunday. Today was one of the only runs when we made a full run when everything worked and we just came up a little short.

"But we know what the problem was and were able to correct it before first round. We ran the fourth quickest time of the round but unfortunately it was against the quickest time."

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