RON CAPPS: "HAVING LANE CHOICE IN HOUSTON IS KEY" CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 6, 2010) - Following a strong performance at the Inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, N.C., last week, Ron Capps is eager to return to two-wide competition this...
RON CAPPS: "HAVING LANE CHOICE IN HOUSTON IS KEY"
CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 6, 2010) - Following a strong performance at the Inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, N.C., last week, Ron Capps is eager to return to two-wide competition this weekend at the 23rd annual NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.
Capps, who drives the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing, finished third in Concord and stands second in the point standings behind leader John Force (89 markers back). His DSR teammates Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan are third and fifth, respectively, with Ashley Force Hood in fourth. It looks like it will be an ongoing DSR-versus-JFR (John Force Racing) battle to the finish this season.
"Right now everybody is kind of taking a deep breath coming away from the Concord four-wide race," said Capps, the Houston Funny Car champion in 2006 and 2007. "We're excited about getting back to 'normal' drag racing. And going to a track where you've won before definitely plays a part in the confidence of the team.
"Houston has been very, very tricky in the past. We've had some bumps and some dips in the race track surface that really caused the crew chiefs to be even more on their games as the drivers had to be able to navigate around some of the tricky spots on the track.
"In the last two years, lane choice was so important that qualifying well was a premium. You had to make sure you qualified in the top half of the field. Right now I feel our NAPA Dodge is very capable of not only that but of being No. 1 qualifier.
"We always talk about what the weather could and should bring and I think a lot depends on that in Houston. The weather can change so quickly there. The cream always rises to the top, for sure, especially with crew chiefs, and I believe that, going to a track as tricky as Houston, it will be really good to have a crew chief like Ed 'Ace' McCulloch."
As a driver, McCulloch was the 1993 Top Fuel champion at Houston Raceway Park.