Englishtown: Ron Capps Saturday summary

CAPPS IMPROVES IN FINAL SESSION TO QUALIFY NO. 14 IN ENGLISHTOWN ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 17, 2006) - NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader Ron Capps hasn't had the best weekend of qualifying for the K&N Filters SuperNationals...

CAPPS IMPROVES IN FINAL SESSION TO QUALIFY NO. 14 IN ENGLISHTOWN

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 17, 2006) - NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader Ron Capps hasn't had the best weekend of qualifying for the K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway, but following a stout pass down the quarter-mile in the final qualifying session, he moved up from No. 15 to No. 14 in a car with improved performance.

His final lap, a 4.866-second pass at 310.27 mph, was his best of the weekend, the fourth quickest of that session, held under high heat and humidity, and it came after the Brut Dodge Charger R/T crew changed the engine between sessions today.

Capps' other passes included a 5.024/293.92, a 4.878/319.14 and a 4.881/313.66 - consistent, but good only for the bottom half of the field.

"Before that last round we had to change engines," explained Capps. "They had already started the first pair of Top Fuel (the class qualifying just in front of Funny Car) and we found something wrong with the oil pressure on one of our engines. The Brut Dodge guys changed it and the car was back to sounding like its old self."

"We went out there in the heat of the day and ran the .86, which was a great run at the time. I was real pleased with it. We moved up a little bit," said Capps, whose team also receives support from Knoll Gas-Torco Race Fuels.

"We were paired up to run Robert Hight (in first round of eliminations) before that, but now we have Jim Head, who is also running really well. I really mean it sincerely when I say it's a big goal to set for yourself just to qualify. There are some tough cars that are not running tomorrow. It's unfortunate, but it's a tough deal out here."

"You always want to end qualifying on a good note, because if you run good maybe in the first or second run, and then in the last run you don't run good, you really don't sleep that well, for whatever reason. But if you end it on a good note like we did, you do."

"It's supposed to be in the 90s tomorrow, and I don't think lane choice will be a big deal here, so I'm pretty pumped up."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Head , Ron Capps , Robert Hight