Las Vegas: Ron Capps Saturday notes

CAPPS ROLLS TO NO. 6 IN VEGAS QUALIFYING LAS VEGAS (April 4, 2009) - With only three qualifying sessions completed after a rain delay and strong winds cancelled Friday's second session, Ron Capps emerged as the No. 6 Funny Car qualifier at the...

CAPPS ROLLS TO NO. 6 IN VEGAS QUALIFYING

LAS VEGAS (April 4, 2009) - With only three qualifying sessions completed after a rain delay and strong winds cancelled Friday's second session, Ron Capps emerged as the No. 6 Funny Car qualifier at the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Capps raced the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge to second place in the only round on Friday, a 4.148-second pass at 297.34 mph, which held up through the second session today, in which he posted a 4.806/170.41.

In his third and final try for the No. 1 position under cooler conditions, Capps fell to No. 6 after losing traction (9.008/74.99) while other cars and teams improved their positions.

"Losing the run last night made it a little more difficult," said Capps, the Funny Car class points leader, "but the track is good and the session got moved back a little bit today, so the weather started cooling off a little bit. The track was cooling off and Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) and the NAPA guys were definitely shooting for the No. 1 spot . We thought we could run 4.08 or 4.09, and the track just wouldn't hold what we went up there with.

"Every weekend we have three major goals: No. 1 is to qualify, obviously, because it's hard to do nowadays, and No. 2 is to qualify in the top half of the field and get lane choice first round. And so far we've done those two. And the third is to win the race.

"Qualifying is always a barometer of what the track is going to hold, but we're going to see hotter temperatures tomorrow and we know how good Ace is with those conditions and we have a great race car. I really don't mind smoking the tires like we did when Ace is truly going for the No. 1 spot like we were."

Capps faces Brian Thiel in the opening round of eliminations on Sunday.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Brian Thiel