A THREE-TIME RUNNER-UP, CAPPS SEEKS FIRST ATLANTA WIN CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 11, 2010) - In his 30 national-event wins in 62 final rounds since 1995, Ron Capps has never landed in the winner's circle at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. He's been...
A THREE-TIME RUNNER-UP, CAPPS SEEKS FIRST ATLANTA WIN
CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 11, 2010) - In his 30 national-event wins in 62 final rounds since 1995, Ron Capps has never landed in the winner's circle at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. He's been runner-up three times, in 1995, 2000 and 2001, and hopes that he and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Funny Car team will earn that elusive victory at this weekend's 30th annual NHRA Southern Nationals.
"I'm not sure we have to do anything different," said Capps, who's reached one final and three semifinal rounds so far this year in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. "We've had good success there in the past. We've gone rounds and run well, but never closed the deal. It's one of the few tracks I haven't won at in my career. But, I think if we dwell too much on that, it's going to be more of a hindrance than a help right now.
"One thing I've always looked at, and I've said it time and time again, is that we can go to different tracks in different conditions and I always feel very comfortable with Ed 'Ace' McCulloch as my crew chief.
"This race in Commerce is very important on the circuit, and it has become even more so in the last few years, because our sponsor NAPA AUTO PARTS is based out of Atlanta, just south of the Atlanta Dragway.
"You ask any of the drivers and they will tell you that one of the most important places they want to win at is where their sponsor's headquarters are located. You definitely want to show off to the bosses. We have some corporate people coming out this weekend who haven't been to a drag race yet, and it's going to be exciting for us to showcase our sport to some of these executives at NAPA AUTO PARTS.
"And nothing would be better than on Monday morning, before getting on the airplane, to be able to go to the headquarters and hand the trophy over to them.
"We had a great race in St. Louis," added Capps, who went to the semifinal round there two weeks ago. "We tested some things back in Vegas that we thought would help us improve the car's performance through the summer months at the marginal tracks. And that's exactly what Ace has done. The NAPA crew guys have really worked hard at it and it's neat to see that all come to fruition.
"It's difficult with all the different conditions we've had so far this year. And sometimes we've had rain thrown at us, which caused us to lose a qualifying session at some events. All in all, with the way the NAPA Dodge is running, it gives me a lot of confidence as a driver to be able to race under any conditions, on any track surface, and still have a car that will go down the track at a very good pace.
"I feel very good about it."