CAPPS QUALIFIES BRUT DODGE IN FINAL VEGAS QUALIFYING SESSION LAS VEGAS (April 16, 2005) - Ron Capps and his teammate Whit Bazemore were in a unique position going into the final qualifying session today for the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las...
CAPPS QUALIFIES BRUT DODGE IN FINAL VEGAS QUALIFYING SESSION
LAS VEGAS (April 16, 2005) - Ron Capps and his teammate Whit Bazemore were in a unique position going into the final qualifying session today for the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas. Both were on the outside of the 16-car field.
The two were paired up in the final qualifying round and you could hear a collective sigh of relief coming from the Don Schumacher Racing camp as both drivers made it into the field: Capps, in the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car, into No. 15 with a 4.989/304.87, and Bazemore into No. 12 with a 4.951/315.64.
"I'm thinking about that, at the starting line firing the car up. I said, Man, you know what, I get paid to do this. If I wanted a less stressful job I'd be on stage at Chuck E. Cheese for my kids. It's just a big team effort. I felt like we kind of had a little bit of a race getting it into the show. I'm so glad we're in. I'm going to sleep a little better tonight," he said at the top end.
"It was just a strange weekend. The track conditions were so tough. We don't know if it's the preparation that did it or what. It had always been a good track. It's got a couple of bumps in it, but it was strange for everybody.
"It was not a great show for the fans until this afternoon. We're lucky to get in. I'm up against my teammate and I'm trying to do everything the same and at the same time we're trying to get into the show and Whit's trying to get into the show and it was one of those moments. We do this for a living and we expect stress at times, and that was one of those more stressful times I've had in a long time. I'm just proud of the Brut guys."
Capps faces John Force in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.