Charlotte: Ron Capps Saturday notes

CAPPS COLLECTS NO. 10 IN CONCORD QUALIFYING CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2008) - Ron Capps drove the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car into the No. 10 spot in qualifying for the Inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals at the zMax Dragway @ ...

CAPPS COLLECTS NO. 10 IN CONCORD QUALIFYING

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2008) - Ron Capps drove the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car into the No. 10 spot in qualifying for the Inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals at the zMax Dragway @ Concord today, after posting four consistent passes down the 1000-foot all-new surface.

He posted his quickest lap of 4.117 seconds at 299.73 mph during the cooler evening Friday session. His other laps were a 4.170/296.50 (No. 5), a 4.157/298.54 (No. 10) today in the heat, and another solid 4.158/300.06 on a 128-degree race track in his final attempt.

"Obviously, we didn't qualify in the top half, but we have a very good race car," said Capps, who is No. 9 in the Countdown to 1 playoffs, which begin this weekend. "The conditions today were steamy. If we didn't have such a good track it would have been hard to run as good as everybody ran today."

"This track is just holding up like you wouldn't believe," added Capps. "The guys on the NAPA team did a great job. They gave Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) a great car, and to run those two runs we ran in the heat today was phenomenal .

"It excites me. There's some interesting match-ups in the first round of eliminations. There's match-ups of teams that are in the Countdown, some that aren't in the Countdown, and I think ours is going to be very tough. We have Melanie Troxel, who beat us in Indy (U.S. Nationals two weeks ago) the first round, so we're going to look for a little retribution there. But we're going to have to go up there and race our race."

His opinion of this new race track? "It is absolutely what the standard should be," he said. "Everything about it is great. In fact, my crew chief Ed McCulloch was just making a comment that he sure wishes we raced on more tracks like this, and that we could test on tracks like this."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Melanie Troxel