ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 15, 2004) - Ron Capps has driven his Don Prudhomme-owned Chevy Funny Car to marquee wins at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway, National Trail Raceway in Ohio and Indianapolis Raceway Park. The Skoal Racing driver would like nothing...
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 15, 2004) - Ron Capps has driven his Don Prudhomme-owned Chevy Funny Car to marquee wins at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway, National Trail Raceway in Ohio and Indianapolis Raceway Park. The Skoal Racing driver would like nothing more than to add a "Wally" trophy from Old Bridge Township Raceway Park to the 14 other trophies that he has collected over the past decade.
"The Napp family created a track that you have read about for years," Capps said. "If you have a trophy from Englishtown, you definitely want to put that one out in front because it's a big time race to win.
"Englishtown is one of those race tracks that has been around for a long time. You remember all the old Raceway Park commercials. It's been a huge race on the East Coast for a long time. It's always packed with fans. They really love their drag racing at Englishtown. It gives you an extra boost when you show up at the track and see all the hardcore drag racing fans."
That's the goal of Capps and veteran crew chief Roland Leong, to notch a victory at the famed New Jersey facility the weekend of June 17-20 when the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series makes the first of two visits to the Northeast for the 35th annual K&N Filters SuperNationals.
For many years, the Englishtown race was held in July and was known as the Summernationals. In 1993, NHRA officials decided to move the event to May to take advantage of the cooler spring temperatures, which instantly turned the Raceway Park quarter mile into a record-setting track. This year, the event has been moved to late June where crew chiefs and drivers will again be faced with challenging race conditions.
"Englishtown used to be a track where you could chase national records," Capps said. "It's going to be a little different there now. The drivers and crew chiefs are somewhat apprehensive about what's going to happen with the weather conditions.
"I never got to race at E-Town when it was held in the summer, but I've read stories about how hot and humid it would get. I'm preparing myself for that. I feel that I'm in pretty good shape because going rounds on race day, when it's hot and humid, will take a real toll on all the drivers and race crews."