Baytown: Ron Capps final summary

Capps dismissed in first round in Houston BAYTOWN, Texas (April 10, 2005) - Ron Capps, driving the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing, gave the fans at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway a close race in ...

Capps dismissed in first round in Houston

BAYTOWN, Texas (April 10, 2005) - Ron Capps, driving the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing, gave the fans at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway a close race in the first round of eliminations today. He came up short, though, as Cruz Pedregon claimed the win with a 4.867/314.39 lap to Capps' 4.870/314.75. The margin of victory was just .0512 of a second.

Capps and the Brut team came back strong after a late-night session to repair the Brut Dodge following an excursion into the sand at the end of his final qualifying run on Saturday, and were greeted with completely different weather conditions for Sunday's eliminations: cooler, overcast skies.

"The conditions today were so different from all weekend," said Capps. "We had the trip into the sand last night, and the guys did a great job of putting the car together. Nothing was really hurt bad on the car and we felt really confident. We knew we had to run well in that round. We saw Eric Medlen win in front of us, he ran a 4.76, and we were trying to run the same number and get lane choice for second round.

"The car just slowed down a lot. It didn't run near as good as we thought it would. There was a pretty bad crosswind and we were ready for it. The Brut Dodge just kind of drove down there. It was driving like a Dodge Magnum; it was real safe and easy to drive going down there, which usually is the case when it isn't running real hard.

"When it runs hard it starts to really get after it in the middle of the track and it becomes a handful. It never was a handful, and at about 800 feet I saw Cruz pop his nose out there and I knew it was going to be a close race.

"It's unfortunate. It's still early in the year and we're OK. There are a lot of people in the points hunt who were matched up in that first round. We hate to lose to anybody; we felt like we beat ourselves.

"Ace and the guys will go right to Vegas. The good thing is we have no weekend off. When you lose you can go right back at it the next weekend. And Vegas has been great to me and I loook forward to it."

Capps is now 11th in the Funny Car point standings.

Next up is the NHRA Nationals at The Strip in Las Vegas April 14-17.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Eric Medlen , Don Schumacher