KENT, Wash. (July 25, 2004) 0x2022 Ron Capps, a two-time winner at Pacific Raceways, and veteran crew chief Roland Leong continued to make progress towards their goal of winning rounds and races Sunday at the Seattle race despite suffering a first...
KENT, Wash. (July 25, 2004) 0x2022 Ron Capps, a two-time winner at Pacific Raceways, and veteran crew chief Roland Leong continued to make progress towards their goal of winning rounds and races Sunday at the Seattle race despite suffering a first round setback.
Capps qualified his green Skoal RacingSM Chevy in the No. 10 position this weekend and faced off against veteran driver and No. 7 qualifier Whit Bazemore in the opening round. Capps took a very slight reaction time advantage and used his Leong tune-up to race to the lead at half track before Bazemore's Funny Car edged Capps' Chevy flopper at the finish line for the narrow victory. It was the second closest race in the first round of Funny Car eliminations. Bazemore recorded a pass of 4.937 seconds at 310.70 mph to collect the close victory over Capps, who powered to a run of 4.944 at 309.13, his quickest and fastest run of the weekend.
"All the crew chiefs had that same look coming into the track this morning," Capps said. "Not only did we have the different fuel percentage and the hot weather, then today we had another curveball thrown at all the crew chiefs with the cooler conditions, cooler track and cooler air. I'm real happy with Roland (Leong) and the Skoal guys. To be in the mix with everyone else, as new as Roland is with the car, we're really happy with. We're excited about going to Sonoma next weekend."
Faced with very different track and weather conditions then the race crews battled during qualifying, Capps and Leong recorded their best performance of the weekend at Pacific Raceways in the opening round.
"Based on what we did the past two days gave us enough data on the 85-percent rule," Leong said. "As you notice, everybody made a pretty good educated guess. The racing was great. I think we're making gains, as you can see. You can only take it one run at a time. You can try to rush the progress, but I think if you do that you can get even further behind."
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the 17th annual FRAM-Autolite Nationals, July 30 0x2022 Aug. 1, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Capps won the Sonoma race in 1997 and qualified first there in 1998 with Leong calling the tuning shots.