CAPPS TO RACE LATE MODEL IN SANTA MARIA ON SATURDAY CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 2, 2010) - Ron Capps, usually behind the wheel of the 8000-horsepower nitro-fueled NAPA AUTO PARTS Funny Car in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, will compete...
CAPPS TO RACE LATE MODEL IN SANTA MARIA ON SATURDAY
CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 2, 2010) - Ron Capps, usually behind the wheel of the 8000-horsepower nitro-fueled NAPA AUTO PARTS Funny Car in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, will compete in the Bill Baker Memorial Late Model race at Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway on Saturday, April 3.
In preparation for his sixth appearance in the Prelude to the Dream special event at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on June 9, Capps will take to Santa Maria's one-third mile clay surfaced oval to drive a "dirt" Late Model decked out in NAPA AUTO PARTS colors. Qualifying for the event is at 5 p.m., with racing action beginning at 6 p.m.
"I've gotten to race in Tony Stewart's Prelude every year and I've always shown up there without getting a chance to run a dirt car much in advance," said Capps, second in the NHRA Funny Car points standings after four of 23 events in 2010. "Our schedule gets so busy and of course now every year a lot of the NASCAR guys have bought their own teams and they get out and practice before the Prelude.
"I grew up in the Central Coast of California and have gone to Santa Maria Speedway a lot as a kid. The promoter there is a big drag-racing fan so I got a chance to run a Late Model there last year and get some practice in. It turned out their opening night of this season was a weekend off for us and I was given another chance to race a Late Model and get a little bit of seat time before the Prelude coming up. And that is really important to me.
"Some of the local NAPA guys on the Central Coast are big NHRA drag-racing fans and it will be a lot fun to visit the area where I grew up and see some of the NAPA people, go to the NAPA stores, and say hi to some of the fans that I don't get a chance to see throughout the year.
"The Prelude will bring out every bit of courage you have to race on Eldora's half-mile. For me to go racing with these guys in the Prelude who do it every weekend really challenges me. It's not something I do very often. I feel in any race car, whether it’s road racing, dirt racing, or drag racing, it's all about a 'seat of the pants' feel.
"I'm used to going 300 mph in four seconds, so racing in the Prelude is a little bit out of my comfort zone. The more seat time I get behind the wheel of a dirt Late Model, the better it will be for me when I get to Eldora in June."