Seattle: Capps, Johnson Jr. finals report

KENT, Wash., July 29, 2001 - One-thousandth of a second isn't much, but it was enough to separate Ron Capps from his second Funny Car win of the season Sunday in the Northwest Nationals at Seattle International Raceway. That was the margin of ...

KENT, Wash., July 29, 2001 - One-thousandth of a second isn't much, but it was enough to separate Ron Capps from his second Funny Car win of the season Sunday in the Northwest Nationals at Seattle International Raceway.

That was the margin of difference at the finish line between Capps' Skoal Racing Green Camaro Funny Car and Whit Bazemore's Funny Car in the final.

Capps, whose 4.855-second run in the first round was the quickest of the day, left the starting line first against Bazemore, .482 to .518. And he led until the last few feet.

"In the final round our car was going right down the track like it had been all day," said Capps. "All of the sudden it broke the tires loose. The only thing you can do that far down the track is run it to the finish line. Just as I was about to hit the 'chutes at the finish line I saw the nose of his car and my heart dropped to the bottom of the car. In my car, if I can see the nose of the other car, I'm either even or just behind.

"When I went across the finish line I didn't see the win light in my lane. It was very frustrating."

Bazemore was timed in 5.049 seconds at 284.56 mph to Capps' 5.086 at 277.43

Capps added runs of 4.863 and 4.885 seconds en route to his third final round the season and 22nd of his career. He won at Bristol, Tenn., in April and was runner-up at Atlanta in May.

He did move into fourth place in points with 906, only 43 behind second-place Bazemore.

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., driving the Skoal Racing Blue Camaro, called his first-round loss to Jerry Toliver "very frustrating," too. He'd qualified ninth and left first against Toliver, but Toliver won with a 4.949 to Johnson's 5.068. Johnson remained seventh with 741 points.

The team doesn't have to wait long to return to action. The Fram/Autolite Nationals race is next, Friday through Sunday at Sears Point International Raceway at Sonoma, Calif.

Qualified: Capps, No. 6, 4.906 seconds at 296.89 mph; Johnson, No. 9, 4.941 at 302.48 mph

First round: Capps, 4.855 at 307.16 def. Gary Densham; Jerry Toliver def. Johnson; Quarterfinals: Capps, 4.863 at 303.71 def. Chuck Etchells; Semifinals: Capps, 4.885 at 305.56 def. Del Worsham; Final: Bazemore def. Capps.

Pro winners: Gary Scelzi, Top Fuel; Whit Bazemore, Funny Car; Mark Osborne, Pro Stock

Next event: Fram/Autolite Nationals, Aug. 3-5, at Sonoma, Calif.

-Skoal Racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi , Chuck Etchells , Gary Densham , Jerry Toliver