St. Louis: Ron Capps preview

CAPPS RETURNS TO SITE OF HIS FIRST FUNNY CAR WIN CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 28, 2009) - NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader Ron Capps is eager to return to Gateway International Raceway for this weekend's NHRA Midwest ...

CAPPS RETURNS TO SITE OF HIS FIRST FUNNY CAR WIN

CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 28, 2009) - NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader Ron Capps is eager to return to Gateway International Raceway for this weekend's NHRA Midwest Nationals. It's the site of his first Funny Car victory in 1997. He went on to win there again in 2005 and 2007, and his record of three wins at Gateway places him at the top of the list with the most Funny Car triumphs at this facility.

Today, driving probably the hottest hot rod in the class, having won three of the first six events of the year, he's ready to take the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge to a fourth victory at this track as he targets his first Funny Car championship since joining the class in 1997.

"Any time this track across the bridge from St. Louis shows up on the schedule it's pretty exciting for me personally because it's where I got my first professional win in Funny Car," said Capps. "And it was the inaugural race at this track.

"I used to hear a lot of the legends I've been able to be around - Don Prudhomme, Don Schumacher and (tuner) Roland Leong - talk about the old St. Louis track. And when they redid the track and opened it in 1997 it was a pretty big deal. And to win the inaugural race there was something else.

"It's a great area. The one great thing about it it's only a few hours' drive for a lot of the teams from the Indianapolis area and, when I say the teams, I mean the crew members and the people who work day to day in the shops in the Brownsburg, Ind., area. So, it's somewhat of a close-to-home race for them.

"I'm not sure what the weather is going to hold this weekend, but we've had weather changes at every race this year and I think when you look at the Full Throttle points in Funny Car right now it just shows you how tough everything is." Capps leads his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman by 69 points and Ashley Force Hood by 70.

"I don't see it getting any easier in Funny Car, believe me. To be holding the points lead right now is an amazing thing in this category because the competition level is so high, as everybody has seen. We don't expect to lose the points lead; we feel like we can win every race.

"The Friday night qualifying session is going to be critical in St. Louis," added Capps. "Even though it's still going to be light out, that 6:30 p.m. Friday night session is going to be THE session to lock yourself into that top 12 because what's more than likely to happen is the sun is going to be out on Saturday and you probably won't be able to advance your position very well, if at all."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Jack Beckman , Ashley Force , Don Schumacher