Englishtown: Ron Capps preview

CAPPS SET TO WEATHER ENGLISHTOWN ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 16, 2005) - Ron Capps is ready to weather, uh, the weather in Englishtown, N.J., this weekend as well as any situation that might come up as he aims for his first win at the historic ...

CAPPS SET TO WEATHER ENGLISHTOWN

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 16, 2005) - Ron Capps is ready to weather, uh, the weather in Englishtown, N.J., this weekend as well as any situation that might come up as he aims for his first win at the historic K&N Filters Supernationals, the second event of the second three-race swing of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

The California native who drives the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing has reached the semifinal round five times this season, including advancing once to the final round, and is tied with his teammate Whit Bazemore in seventh place in the Funny Car standings. A strong result here could move him up in the rankings.

"As a kid I remember the Englishtown race being in June and always hearing about how hot and humid it got here, and, to be honest, now that the race is back in June again, sure enough, it's going to be hot and humid," said Capps, whose best result here was runner-up to Bazemore in 2003. "Actually, it looks like it might be in the 70s this weekend, but I know the humidity will make it feel a lot hotter.

"But, when you look back at these last five races (three semifinal finishes) Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) and (co-crew chief Dan) Olson and the guys have done a great job getting down the track when the conditions were hot, especially in the heat of the day in qualifying. On race days, we haven't smoked the tires; we've gotten down the track and been a contender at every race, and had a chance at winning.

"Englishtown is the biggest race we have on the East Coast and it certainly brings back a lot of fans; fans that have been waiting all year for us to get out to the East coast. It's like the Pomona (Calif.) Winternationals for me because everybody has just been gearing up for this race.

"The quarter-mile has a great surface here, so even with the heat - which will make it tough - it could be worse. I'm just really excited about being here."

Note: Dan Olson has moved over as crew chief to Whit Bazemore's Matco Tools Dodge Funny Car team beginning this weekend, and Todd Okuhara, formerly of Don Prudhomme's team, will be co-crew chief. Scott Okuhara, also formerly of Don Prudhomme's team, will join the Brut team, beginning this weekend.

RON CAPPS QUICK FACTS:

* Seventh in 2005 Funny Car point standings, after 10 events, 205 points out of the lead

* At the 2004 K&N SuperNationals, Capps qualified 5th, lost first round to Tim Wilkerson

* Runner-up to Whit Bazemore here in 2003

* A perennial fan favorite, Capps has driven and won in both Top Fuel and Funny Cars since he began his pro NHRA career in 1995

* His best season points finishes were seconds in Funny Car in 1998 and 2000

* He has 14 event wins in 31 final rounds to his credit

* In 2003 he finished in the top 10 in the Funny Car class for the seventh consecutive season.

* His career best elapsed time (established during an event) is 4.753 seconds, set in 2003 at Chicago 1

* His career best speed (established during an event) is 324.75 mph (Las Vegas 1 '04)

* Lives in Carlsbad, with wife Shelley and daughter Taylor (8) and son Caden (3)

* Daughter Taylor competes in NHRA's Junior Dragster class

* Is the subject, along with son Caden and the Brut racing crew, of a number of Brut ads appearing this year in mainstream magazines, such as People, Sports Illustrated, etc.

* New to Don Schumacher Racing this year after eight years with Don Prudhomme.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , Don Prudhomme , Tim Wilkerson , Don Schumacher