Ron Capps Sears Point Preview

SONOMA, Calif. - The Ron Capps tour of favorite NHRA racetracks continues this week with a stop at Sears Point Raceway, site of the Autolite Nationals, Aug. 6-8. Capps, driver of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's Copenhagen Racing Camaro Funny...

SONOMA, Calif. - The Ron Capps tour of favorite NHRA racetracks continues this week with a stop at Sears Point Raceway, site of the Autolite Nationals, Aug. 6-8. Capps, driver of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's Copenhagen Racing Camaro Funny Car, has several reasons for placing Sears Point among his favorites: 1. It was his home track during the early days of his racing career when he lived in Cupertino; 2. It was the site of his second Funny Car win (1997) and the first in front of his family and many friends; 3. It was site of his last No. 1 qualifying position (1998). Now maybe it will be the place where he wins his first 1999 Winston Series race. Capps, after all, is overdue. He hasn't been to the final round this season; his last of five 1998 victories came at Topeka, Kan., in October. "We definitely want to win some races, and soon," said Capps, who now resides in La Costa, Calif. "We have a new car with a new Camaro body and we just need to make more runs. (Crew chief) Todd (Okuhara) and (advisor) Roland (Leong) are making progress with the tune-up. We'd like to put it in the winner's circle at Sonoma." The latest Cope Racing Camaro made its debut last weekend (July 30-Aug. 1) at the Prolong Northwest Nationals at Seattle. Capps qualified eighth, running a weekend best of 5.178 seconds during Saturday's final session. But it was Jerry Toliver who took the win in Sunday's first round of competition, running the quickest Funny Car time of the weekend, 4.985 seconds at 294.88 mph. Capps, forced to pedal the throttle while experiencing tire shake, slowed to a 5.191 at 292.84. "The car shook real hard," said Capps, "and I caught it when I pedaled it, but I couldn't catch him. He had a very good run. It's a bummer. I'd like to say we were pleased with the way we ran this weekend, but we're not. "We know the Sears Point track is going to be hot and slippery, so we'll take what we learned at Seattle and apply it there." Capps experienced a fire during Friday's second round of qualifying at Seattle when the engine broke and oil began burning. The flames separated parts of the carbon fiber body, but it was repaired in time for Saturday's completion of qualifying. "The repair job on the body was fine," said Okuhara, "but we'll be able to make it better when we have more time to work on it. We won't be taking apart the engine that broke Friday night to see what caused the problem until sometime later this week." Autolite Nationals qualifying takes place Friday at 3 and 7 p.m. and at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday. Sunday's eliminations begin at 11 a.m. Ron Capps Sears Point Facts: 1. It was his home track during the early days of his racing career when he lived in Cupertino; 2. It was the site of his second Funny Car win (1997) and the first in front of his family and many friends; 3. It was site of his last No. 1 qualifying position (1998). Now maybe it will be the place where he wins his first 1999 Winston Series race. Capps, after all, is overdue. He hasn't been to the final round this season; his last of five 1998 victories came at Topeka, Kan., in October. "We definitely want to win some races, and soon," said Capps, who now resides in La Costa, Calif. "We have a new car with a new Camaro body and we just need to make more runs. (Crew chief) Todd (Okuhara) and (advisor) Roland (Leong) are making progress with the tune-up. We'd like to put it in the winner's circle at Sonoma." The latest Cope Racing Camaro made its debut last weekend (July 30-Aug. 1) at the Prolong Northwest Nationals at Seattle. Capps qualified eighth, running a weekend best of 5.178 seconds during Saturday's final session. But it was Jerry Toliver who took the win in Sunday's first round of competition, running the quickest Funny Car time of the weekend, 4.985 seconds at 294.88 mph. Capps, forced to pedal the throttle while experiencing tire shake, slowed to a 5.191 at 292.84. "The car shook real hard," said Capps, "and I caught it when I pedaled it, but I couldn't catch him. He had a very good run. It's a bummer. I'd like to say we were pleased with the way we ran this weekend, but we're not. "We know the Sears Point track is going to be hot and slippery, so we'll take what we learned at Seattle and apply it there." Capps experienced a fire during Friday's second round of qualifying at Seattle when the engine broke and oil began burning. The flames separated parts of the carbon fiber body, but it was repaired in time for Saturday's completion of qualifying. "The repair job on the body was fine," said Okuhara, "but we'll be able to make it better when we have more time to work on it. We won't be taking apart the engine that broke Friday night to see what caused the problem until sometime later this week." Autolite Nationals qualifying takes place Friday at 3 and 7 p.m. and at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday. Sunday's eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

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Drivers Ron Capps , Jerry Toliver