CAPPS COMPLETES 2010 NHRA SEASON IN SEVENTH PLACE POMONA, Calif. (No. 14, 2010) - Ron Capps completed the 23-race 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series today at the 46th annual NHRA Finals with a seventh-place finish in the ...
CAPPS COMPLETES 2010 NHRA SEASON IN SEVENTH PLACE
POMONA, Calif. (No. 14, 2010) - Ron Capps completed the 23-race 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series today at the 46th annual NHRA Finals with a seventh-place finish in the standings.
Racing the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger Funny Car this year, he won one national event in three final rounds, and recorded four semifinal and five quarterfinal finishes. His 2010 round-win total is 23-22 and, in 342 career national events, he's won 31 times in 64 final rounds, with a round-win total of 395-296.
In today's final eliminations of the 2010 NHRA season, Capps lost to Del Worsham in the opening round, despite launching first off the line, posting a 4.208-second lap at 294.88 mph to Worsham's winning 4.132/302.14. Margin of victory: .0728 of a second.
"Obviously, it was a disappointing day," said Capps, who is still seeking his first Funny Car championship in 16 years of competition, "but very encouraging at the same time. (Crew chief) John Medlen, (assistant crew chief) Ronnie Thompson and I expected to go up there and run a 4:11 or a 4.12 (-second elapsed time), and the car left great. I didn't even hear Del.
"We had great numbers early and then had some white smoke come up in the car. We're thinking that it had something to do with the clutch discs. The NAPA guys will take it apart and look at it.
"The car just kind of slowed down a little bit in the middle of the track and, all of a sudden, I saw Del out in front of me. He made a great run, but we felt like we would have been right there.
"The encouraging part is the fact that John and Ronnie are talking already about doing some December testing possibly, and we'll be in West Palm Beach in January, with a brand-new NAPA Tools paint scheme. It's going to be a lot of fun to get ready for next year.
"It's been a very difficult year. You never know what's going to happen, and that's the nature of having a Countdown to the Championship."