Richmond: Ron Capps Saturday summary

CAPPS QUALIFIES NO. 13 IN RESCHEDULED RICHMOND DINWIDDIE, Va. (Oct. 14, 2006) - Ron Capps lost some ground in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship chase by qualifying 13th for the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at ...

CAPPS QUALIFIES NO. 13 IN RESCHEDULED RICHMOND

DINWIDDIE, Va. (Oct. 14, 2006) - Ron Capps lost some ground in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship chase by qualifying 13th for the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park today, while John Force qualified third. Force now leads Capps by six points going into Sunday eliminations.

Capps, driving the Brut Revolution Dodge Charger R/T, clocked his best pass in the final qualifying round: 4.848 seconds at 283.73 mph, on a run that was heading towards a 4.7-second pass and a spot in the top half of the field until it hiccuped at the finish line.

His other passes at this rescheduled event (from last weekend's rainout) produced a 4.867/302.21, a slow 12.529/78.01 and a 4.995/233.80.

"It was going to run a high 4.7 and that's exactly what Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) and (team consultant) Dan Olson tried to do," said Capps, who also receives support from Knoll Gas-Torco Race fuels. "It was on a pretty good run, but It sneezed down there. It made a move and it spun the tires, and when you do that these engines are not very happy. It still ran 283 mph, and it had great (incremental) numbers before that.

"To be honest with you, the run earlier on Saturday, in the left lane, would have been a 4.7 for sure and it would have moved us up, but I just let the car get the best of me and it got out of the groove a llittle bit, and it's crucial here to keep it in the groove.

"You've got to be as on top of your game here as you're ever going to be, because there are small bumps out there and they throw you in either direction.

"I saw two cars in front of us move over next to the wall (in Saturday's first run), so I was actually ready for it, but it still pushed me over there. Knowing what it was going to do and still not being able to control the car and have it move around like it did tells me it's going to be a handful on Sunday. There's not one car that's gone straight down the groove.

"There are going to be some races won and lost by being able to keep the car planted in the center of the lane."

Before that last run moved Capps up in the field, it looked like it was going to be a Capps vs. Force first round of eliminations. "I took the turn off and (announcer) Alan Reinhart told me that I messed up his eliminations ladder because we would have had Force first round," said Capps. "I said, Boy, at this time of year during the week you might say, Boy, I'd love to meet up with Force or (third-place Robert) Hight first round and maybe make a move in the points. But what it really comes down to is that you really don't want to see one of those guys until later on Sunday.

"We won't have lane choice tomorrow, but I feel a lot better.

"We just need to go up there and concentrate on our lane and when Ace reaches in the windshield and points at me Sunday morning, I know I'll feel good."

Capps faces Scott Kalitta in first round of eliminations on Sunday.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , John Force , Scott Kalitta