CAPPS IS NO. 10 IN POMONA QUALIFYING POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2005) - Ron Capps and the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car came out of the box strong for this weekend's Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, qualifying No. 3 on the first...
CAPPS IS NO. 10 IN POMONA QUALIFYING
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2005) - Ron Capps and the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car came out of the box strong for this weekend's Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, qualifying No. 3 on the first day of qualifying with a 4.768-second ET at 326.63 mph, then struggled to get back into the top half of the field in the ensuing rounds.
After the second session, Capps was ninth (11.138/79.81). He held onto No. 9 after the third round (4.808/319.14), then picked it up again in the final attempt, posting a 4.774/323.04, which earned him the 10th spot in the quickest Funny Car field in NHRA history, the fourth such feat in the last five events.
In the tightest NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship chase in history, Capps is now eight points behind his teammate and No. 1 qualifier Gary Scelzi and 24 ahead of John Force.
"We definitely went up there to fire a shot," he said of the last session. "Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) is looking at the computer to figure out why it didn't do what we wanted it to do. I know definitely he was shooting for, if not the pole, then close to it.
"Lane choice for the first round is important. Qualifying is over. It's Sunday we concentrate on now and we won't have lane choice. If you would have asked anybody on Friday, the right lane was pretty much junk compared to the left lane, and yet the right lane came around.
"Hopefully nothing happens during Top Fuel (in first round) and the lanes stay pretty even like they are because guys are running pretty good in both lanes."
Capps faces Del Worsham in first round of eliminations on Sunday and is on the same side of the ladder as Force. Scelzi is on the other side. "Worsham is definitely not the guy you want to pull," he said, "but you look at any in the top 16 and there is not one guy in there you'd rather have. Ace and I talked earlier. All year long, every race we've won it's been hard-fought and we've had to race the best of them every run, so I'd almost rather have it this way, I guess."