Capps and Ace getting familiar with new Brut Dodge CHANDLER, Ariz. (Jan. 30, 2005) - Ron Capps, crew chief Ed "Ace" McCulloch and co-crew chief Dan Olson continued to familiarize themselves with an all-new team and an all-new car during the ...
Capps and Ace getting familiar with new Brut Dodge
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Jan. 30, 2005) - Ron Capps, crew chief Ed "Ace" McCulloch and co-crew chief Dan Olson continued to familiarize themselves with an all-new team and an all-new car during the pre-season National Time Trials at Firebird International Raceway this weekend.
With only three testing passes under their belts in two days (the best a 10.09 at 81.56 mph), the Brut team was forced to sit out the final session on Saturday because of rain and cool temperatures. Capps then flew to Nashville, Tenn., with his teammates Gary Scelzi and Whit Bazemore to attend a Matco Tools Expo on Sunday and Monday.
Subbing for Capps - and Scelzi - on Sunday was Funny Car veteran Dale Pulde, who made three passes in each car, leaping from one to the other, finally posting the Brut car's best pass at the end of the day, a 5.121-second elapsed time at 220.40 mph, after shutting off early.
Pulde was less concerned with the numbers than he was with the task he'd been assigned. "I guess it was the fastest and quickest," he acknowledged, not quite sure whether he had clocked that time in the Mopar/Oakley Dodge or the Brut Dodge. "As long as it does what they want it to do, it's fine with me. It's good. I wish Ron were here to get laps in the car because I know that he'd like to be doing it, but duty calls."
"We've been somewhat struggling here, working hard, just trying to get the car out there," said McCulloch. "All of the cars rolled in here and experienced tire shake and other problems. Our other two cars have made some decent passes, but we were sort of struggling. We finally hit on it and that was a nice pass," he said of Pulde's 5.121. "We had it backed up. We told him to shut it down at half-track, but that was good enough to run a low 4.80 and that would have put us in the ballpark. We just have to get into the ballgame now."