Columbus: Ron Capps preview

Capps hopes for another memorable victory at 'Trails' HEBRON, Ohio (June 7, 2004) - When your boss is arguably the biggest name in the history of the sport and someone who has accomplished just about everything on a drag strip, expectations are...

Capps hopes for another memorable victory at 'Trails'

HEBRON, Ohio (June 7, 2004) - When your boss is arguably the biggest name in the history of the sport and someone who has accomplished just about everything on a drag strip, expectations are obviously quite high. Therefore, it can be tough to put a smile on Don "the Snake" Prudhomme's face. Two years ago, Funny Car driver Ron Capps did just that with some help from fellow Snake Racing driver Larry Dixon.

Prudhomme's dynamic duo of Capps and Dixon, who have combined for 46 victories while driving for Prudhomme, both drove to the winner's circle at National Trail Raceway, giving the Snake his third double-up victory.

"It's tough enough to win in one class, let alone for an owner to have both of his cars win," Capps said. "That's something to be very proud of. There are certain things in Snake's career as an owner that stand out and races like that are really special for him."

As the NHRA season heats up with its second wave of three races in consecutive weeks, Capps and new crew chief Roland Leong hope to sizzle as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series makes its annual voyage to the Buckeye State, June 10-13, for the 40th running of the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway outside of Columbus.

"I have fond memories of Columbus," Capps said. "Certain tracks you win at stick out in your mind. That was Father's Day weekend two years ago, and to win with (Larry) Dixon and give Snake a double was really special. My dad was watching and it was a real neat race to be a part of."

The veteran driver and graduate of Santa Clara University prides himself on being a historian of the sport of drag racing and is well aware of the significance of a victory at the Ohio facility.

"It's one of those race tracks when you look back at the history of the sport you remember," Capps said. "A lot of current fans wouldn't realize the tradition of the big three races0x2022Pomona, Indy and Columbus. Columbus has always been a big race. Any race that's been around for 40 years tells you how important it is in the annals of the sport."

Despite the history of the Columbus race, it's also well known that the elements present the drivers and crew chiefs with some of the toughest race conditions on the tour.

"It's always held in the summertime, which makes it super tough with the humidity and the heat," Capps said. "The conditions and elements make all the crews dig down deep and adapt to the tough race conditions. We're excited about Roland Leong, and he along with Mike Green will put us in position to have a great weekend in Columbus."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Ron Capps