Johnson in quarterfinal finish; Capps loses when crank breaks. MEMPHIS, Sept. 22, 2002 - Tommy Johnson Jr. advanced to the quarterfinals while a crankshaft failure helped eliminate Ron Capps in the first round of Sunday's O'Reilly's Mid-South ...
Johnson in quarterfinal finish; Capps loses when crank breaks.
MEMPHIS, Sept. 22, 2002 - Tommy Johnson Jr. advanced to the quarterfinals while a crankshaft failure helped eliminate Ron Capps in the first round of Sunday's O'Reilly's Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Capps' Green Skoal Racing Camaro was leading Dale Creasy as it approached the finish line, but the crankshaft broke and Creasy got to the line first with a 4.938-second run at 304.05 mph to a 4.967 at 278.98 mph.
"When the crank broke, it in turn sheared the flywheel bolts and the clutch came loose," said Capps. "I never saw him or heard him. It was so close at the finish line that I didn't know who won. It was running smooth. There was no warning before the crank broke."
Johnson drove his Skoal Racing Blue Camaro into the second round by whipping Johnny Gray with a 4.976 at 303.84 mph to a tire smoking 8.993 at 91.14. Johnson then lost to Del Worsham, who advanced to the finals against Tony Pedregon. Johnson left the starting line first, but the tires began smoking and Worsham won with a 4.9321 at 305.77 to 7.483 at 111.07.
"We continue to make progress, taking small steps at a time," Johnson said. "Our car is going down the track. Del has been our nemesis this year."
Capps and Johnson maintained their positions in the standings. Capps is seventh at 915 and Johnson is ninth at 861.
The Skoal Racing team returns to action at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., in the Craftsman 75th Anniversary Nationals, Friday through Sunday.
Qualified: Capps, No. 6, 4.958 seconds at 300.93 mph; Johnson, No. 10, 5.034 at 301.87 mph
First round: Johnson, 4.976 at 303.84 def. Johnny Gray, 8.993 at 91.14; Dale Creasy, 4.938 at 304.05 def. Ron Capps; Quarterfinals: Del Worsham def. Johnson.
Pro Winners: Larry Dixon, Top Fuel; Tony Pedregon, Funny Car; Jeg Coughlin Jr., Pro Stock