CAPPS CONTINUES QUEST TO REGAIN POINTS LEAD IN READING CARLSBAD, Calif. (Aug. 19, 2009) - With just two national events remaining in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series before the Countdown to 1 playoffs begin for the final six races,...
CAPPS CONTINUES QUEST TO REGAIN POINTS LEAD IN READING
CARLSBAD, Calif. (Aug. 19, 2009) - With just two national events remaining in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series before the Countdown to 1 playoffs begin for the final six races, Ron Capps is continuing his quest to regain the Funny Car class points lead which he enjoyed during the majority of the 17 races contested so far. He's just 28 points behind leader Tony Pedregon. A high qualifying position and a victory at this weekend's 25th annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway could place him back on top and earn him the 20 bonus points he so covets, which the leader entering the playoffs will earn.
The driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Funny Car heads the class in victories this season, with five wins so far, and 30 in his career, but he's never won at Maple Grove Raceway, located just outside of Reading, Pa. He's hoping this weekend will see a change in that statistic.
"We're still digging," he said of his goal. "We tested during qualifying during the Western Swing (Denver, Seattle, Sonoma, Calif.) and fell back in the standings, so it's fun right now to have two races left and have a shot at finishing the regular season on top. It was great getting to the final round in Brainerd (against Tony Pedregon), but we obviously wanted to win the race and get the points lead back.
"Reading is such a pivotal race right now, being prior to the U.S. Nationals, which is everybody's last chance. Maple Grove has created a lot of excitement over the years, and I have never been able to win the race and I would like to get the trophy there. And I know Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) and the NAPA guys are very focused on doing well there.
"We're done testing things," Capps added, referring to the team's decision to test during qualifying runs because of the four-test limit imposed by NHRA this year. "Ace is very excited about the car that we have and how comfortable he is with it. Because of the at-event testing we’ve done we were able to create so much horsepower that he's having a hard time pulling the motor back to get it down the track.
"That's what he fought in Brainerd, which is a good thing. To have that available power that the NAPA car has now is going to be great when we get to cool conditions. And Maple Grove is a track that can surely hold those kinds of runs when the conditions allow it.
"It's going to be a fun race."
Capps has two Funny Car runner-up finishes in Reading, in 1999 and 2000.