CAPPS LOOKS TO MAKE UP GROUND IN TEXAS CARLSBAD, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2010) - Ron Capps is eager to make up some lost ground at this weekend's 25th annual NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, the third of six events of the ...
CAPPS LOOKS TO MAKE UP GROUND IN TEXAS
CARLSBAD, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2010) - Ron Capps is eager to make up some lost ground at this weekend's 25th annual NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, the third of six events of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
His first-round exits in the first two events of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series playoffs have dropped him to seventh place, but with the points being shuffled at each event, it is still anybody's championship to be earned, and Capps is looking for his first. He returns to racing the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger Funny Car this weekend at the Motorplex, where he won the class title in 1998 against John Force. He was also low qualifier there in 2005.
"When you lose first round in the first event of the playoffs, you know you have to fight your way back into the Countdown," said Capps. And, in Concord, N.C., last weekend, an almost-perfect scenario happened. A couple of the leaders in front of us went out early and we thought we could capitalize on it, but we couldn't. Our Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman did capitalize on it by coming in runner-up and is at the top of the list right now, in second, just four points out of the lead.
"Looking at the points after the Concord race was over, it's not as bad as it could have been. We're only 122 out of first, and just a few rounds out of being back in the top three.
"We stayed and tested at zMAX Dragway on Monday and had one of the best test sessions we've had in a very long time. We really think we learned something. It was very hot, we made some very good runs in the heat, and it's nice to go directly to Ennis the next weekend after you've had a bad outing, because you want to get back on the horse and get right back in there.
"What we learned in the test session is going to be beneficial because the temperatures are going to be in the low 90s in the Dallas area this weekend. I feel very comfortable that we're going to have a good result and get right back in the hunt.
"The Texas Motorplex is a great facility, as every driver will tell you. Billy Meyer has done a terrific job of making many updates to the track. He made changes safety-wise to the walls at the other end to make drivers comfortable, so when you strap in and pull up to the starting line at this track you know you're going to have a really good chance to run well. With that assurance, we're going to do all we can to move up in points."