BACK-TO-BACK RACES WORK FOR FUNNY CAR POINTS LEADER CAPPS TOPEKA, Kan. (May 23, 2006) - NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader Ron Capps is a racing junkie. He'd be happy racing every weekend if he could. So, he's not...
BACK-TO-BACK RACES WORK FOR FUNNY CAR POINTS LEADER CAPPS
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 23, 2006) - NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader Ron Capps is a racing junkie. He'd be happy racing every weekend if he could. So, he's not complaining about having to race the Brut/Torco Dodge Charger R/T this weekend in the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka immediately after having raced in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday.
"Having a back-to-back week in Columbus and Topeka is nice," says Capps, who leads John Force in the rankings by 91 points after eight events. "It's exhilarating to go right back to racing. It's what I love to do.
"It's a lot of fun right now, because it's so competitive," adds Capps, who's had two first-round losses in the last two events. "You get those juices flowing and you're in the heat of the battle and everyone is running so well.
"This class is so tough right now. Just when you get depressed because something happens like it did in Columbus when I lost on a holeshot, (John) Force, the No. 2 guy (in points), goes out the same session. It gives you a little bit of glimmer."
Capps and crew chief Ed "Ace" McCulloch still anticipate hotter conditions to appear, which haven't. "It's Memorial Day and Topeka is a great track," says Capps. "We keep saying that we're going to see these warm and humid conditions, which we thought would show up in Atlanta, which they didn't. Then we thought they'd show up in Columbus, which they didn't. So, the weather is playing tricks on us.
"I'm not having a hard time sleeping on Saturday night, but I don't envy the crew chiefs because they're the ones making the calls. They're looking at the weather report during the week and then, lo and behold, they get to the track and it's completely the opposite of what it should be."
Is there concern in the Brut/Torco Dodge team about the first-round losses? "Those losses were within a couple of thousandths (of a second)," Capps explains. "Both were close races, so we didn't beat ourselves. And that's what's gotten us to where we are now.
"If we can hang on to the points like this and just keep doing our deal, we'll be fine."
Capps' Topeka record includes a win in 1998 and a runner-up finish in 2000. He's way ahead of his 2005 record at this stage of the season. After losing in the semifinals to John Force in 2005, he left Topeka sixth in the point standings. No matter what happens this weekend, he will leave no worse than second.