Denver: Ron Capps Saturday summary

CAPPS GETS A HIGH-FIVE IN DENVER QUALIFYING MORRISON, Colo. (July 15, 2006) - Funny Car points leader Ron Capps captured the No. 5 qualifying position for Sunday's Mopar Mile-High Nationals by posting a 4.941-second elapsed time at 307.37 mph in...

CAPPS GETS A HIGH-FIVE IN DENVER QUALIFYING

MORRISON, Colo. (July 15, 2006) - Funny Car points leader Ron Capps captured the No. 5 qualifying position for Sunday's Mopar Mile-High Nationals by posting a 4.941-second elapsed time at 307.37 mph in Friday night's cooler session.

In his three other attempts on Bandimere Speedway's quarter-mile, the driver of the Brut Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car set a 9.512/85.93 in the opening session in extremely hot conditions, another tire-smoking 9.189/88.26 in the third round, followed by a 5.288/217.60 pass in the final session, in which the car lost a cylinder and moved to the left before Capps shut it down.

"Obviously, the (cooler) Friday-night sessions have always been the ones you want to get down the track," said Capps, who also receives support from Knoll Gas-Torco Race Fuels. "That was the situation here. Although the last session cooled down a little bit, Friday night was still by far the session in which you had to make your move.

"And we did a great job of that. Having lane choice here could be a pretty good factor Sunday morning. The left lane seems to be a little bit better these first two days. First round is at noon instead of 11 a.m. Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch), (team consultant Dan) Olson and the Brut Dodge guys did a great job. It's tough to get back in the groove (after two weeks off) starting off here in Denver, and they did a great job of getting the Brut Dodge down the track.

"We were trying different things today in the last session; trying to set up for race day and we feel pretty confident. It put a cylinder out. Once you've made your run to put you in the show Friday night, things aren't going to change much on Saturday. You hear the NASCAR guys talk about their race day setup and this last session of ours is kind of like their Happy Hour. You want to get yourself ready for race day. So, if you're going to try something to see if the track will hold it, today is the day to do it, because we will see the same conditions - nice and hot - tomorrow.

"It's better to try something to see if it works today than to try it tomorrow. We'll be good. We're confident."

Capps faces Bob Gilbertson in first round of eliminations on Sunday.

-dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Gilbertson , Ron Capps