ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 20, 2004) - Ron Capps, who raced to a runner-up finish at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park last May, was unsuccessful in his bid to make it back to the final round at the New Jersey facility Sunday when the 14-time NHRA ...
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 20, 2004) - Ron Capps, who raced to a runner-up finish at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park last May, was unsuccessful in his bid to make it back to the final round at the New Jersey facility Sunday when the 14-time NHRA winner drove his green Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo to a first round finish.
Capps, who posted his best qualifying position (fifth) since crew chief Roland Leong joined the green Skoal Racing crew in late May, used a slight starting line advantage to take the early lead on opening round opponent Tim Wilkerson, before Wilkerson's Chevy flopper edged Capps' Don Prudhomme-owned Chevy at the finish line. Capps blasted his Leong-tuned Chevy to a run of 5.098 seconds at 294.31 mph, while Wilkerson was a little quicker, recording a pass of 5.054 at 296.63 to score the narrow victory.
"That's the best qualifying effort that we've had recently," Capps said. "We're really trying to improve our position in the Skoal Showdown and Roland (Leong) accomplished that with a great qualifying effort. We had lane choice and confidence, especially after Tommy (Johnson Jr.) won in the first round. Something went wrong with one of our timers and one of them didn't go off at the right time. In this game, as tight as the competition in the Funny Car class is, it could cost you a tenth of-a-second, which out here is like a mile. The good news is that Roland is making the car go down the track and that's important going to the next few races. I know it's cliche, but sometimes you have to take a few steps back to go forward and right now we're starting to go forward."
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the eighth annual Sears Craftsman Nationals, June 25-27, at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. Last year, Capps posted a semifinal finish at the Illinois facility last June.