Capps Looks To Continue Solid Performance at Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25, 2004) - After equaling his best qualifying outing of the season (third) three weeks ago in Reading, Pa., with a 4.777-second blast from his Don "the Snake" ...
Capps Looks To Continue Solid Performance at Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25, 2004) - After equaling his best qualifying outing of the season (third) three weeks ago in Reading, Pa., with a 4.777-second blast from his Don "the Snake" Prudhomme-owned Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car, 14-time NHRA winner Ron Capps is energized to get back behind the wheel of his flopper and make a strong run at the final two races of the 2004 NHRA season.
"The guys took a different approach at Reading and it paid off," Capps said. "You have to run these cars so hard all the time, especially when you get to tracks that have really good traction . This time of year, all the tracks will be a little bit better because of the cooler temperatures. We did well at Las Vegas this spring, and after the Reading race, we're even more excited."
Co-crew chiefs Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler aim to give Capps the tune-up he needs to race to his second career victory at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series makes its final 2004 visit to Sin City for the fourth annual ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, Oct. 28-31. Capps won the inaugural fall Las Vegas race three years ago.
The veteran driver that Capps is, he's well aware that the Skoal Racing crew must adapt and cannot expect to use the successful tune-up from Reading if they expect to perform well and go rounds on race day at The Strip.
"Every track is different," Capps said. "You're only as good as your last run. You have to prove yourself each week. No matter if you're John Force or someone at their first race, you have to qualify to win the race. That makes it exciting for the racers and fans. You have to be on your game every race and every run. There are no guarantees in drag racing. You can't unload the car and hope it runs the same way as it did in Reading, but my guys are really excited and have been working real hard to make sure we continue to run well."
Running well straight into the winner's circle at The Strip at LVMS on Halloween would be the ultimate treat for Capps and the green Skoal Racing team. Scarier things have happened.
Ron Capps' Las Vegas Memory
"Winning is always a good memory and we won at Vegas three years ago. Our first win with a Skoal Racing car was with Tommy Johnson at Las Vegas in the spring of 2001. That was exciting to get that win for Skoal and the entire team. Las Vegas is kind of a home track for me since it's only a few hours from home. We get a lot of family and friends who come to watch us race."