Capps Dallas report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Judy Stropus 203-438-0501 CAPPS JUMPS TO FIFTH IN POINTS, CAPTURES HIS SECOND POLE IN CAMARO FUNNY CAR Capps Takes...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Judy Stropus 203-438-0501

CAPPS JUMPS TO FIFTH IN POINTS, CAPTURES HIS SECOND POLE IN CAMARO FUNNY CAR

Capps Takes Camaro to Semifinals

Dallas, Texas; Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997: Ron Capps, driver of the Copenhagen Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Funny Car, propelled himself into fifth place in NHRA Winston Championship points today after becoming fastest qualifier for the second time this season and after winning his way to the semifinals. In Friday night's qualifying Capps claimed his second career No. 1 qualifying position, with his 4.927-second run, a Funny Car career best. His speed of 312.28 mph was also the fastest of his NHRA career. His other runs (he skipped the final qualifying session) were consistently in the fours (4.952 and 4.968), giving him a total of five four-second runs in 1997. Capps, 32, of San Diego, beat Wyatt Radke in the first round, despite dropping a cylinder (5.194/284.18 to Radke's 11.653/79.35). In the second round he faced Gary Densham, winning that race with two cylinders out (5.033/295.66 to Densham's 8.936/91.19). A quick engine change and the Camaro was ready for the semifinals. It was Chevy vs. Ford, Camaro vs. Mustang, as Capps met John Force for this duo's fifth encounter this year. Force with lane choice was on the left, Capps on the right. Capps launched the Camaro off the line with his traditional excellent reaction time (.449 to Force's .473), but in a blink of an eye he was out of the race with a malfunction in the clutch. Force crossed the finish line in 4.934 seconds, at a speed of 314.46 mph. Capps held on to set an e.t. of 5.516 at a speed of 210.72 mph. (Force clinched his seventh Winston championship with his first round win.) "I think we would have had something for Force with his 4.93," said Capps after the semifinal. "The air conditions were as good as they were in our 4.92 run. The car left the starting line and about a second out it quit running. Force was getting smaller in a hurry. I decided to lift so I wouldn't bring the Camaro back as a piece of junk for the crew to work on. We wouldn't have caught him on that run. All in all, we had a great weekend. All three qualifying runs were in the fours, we made it to the semifnals, and we moved into fifth place in points, with two more races to make that even bigger." This was the fourth time two-time winner Capps was eliminated in the semifinals. He is now just one point ahead of Randy Anderson (1065- 1064), and seven points ahead of Cruz Pedregon (who didn't qualify this weekend, 1058 points. Capps is 136 points out of fourth place (Tony Pedregon), with two events remaining in the 22-event 1997 Winston Drag Racing Series. -end-

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