Capps Sunday Phoenix test notes

Capps and Skoal Racing Green Team continue to progress in testing. CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 8, 2004) -- Veteran Funny Car driver Ron Capps resumed his preparation for the 2004 NHRA season, testing his Skoal Racing green Chevy Funny Car Sunday at ...

Capps and Skoal Racing Green Team continue to progress in testing.

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 8, 2004) -- Veteran Funny Car driver Ron Capps resumed his preparation for the 2004 NHRA season, testing his Skoal Racing green Chevy Funny Car Sunday at Firebird International Raceway.

Capps, one of 13 NHRA drivers to have earned victories in both the Funny Car and Top Fuel categories, recorded two passes in his John Stewart-tuned flopper. Capps clocked a .893-second 60-foot time en route to a run of 5.744 seconds at 166.54 mph on his first attempt. On his second effort, the 14-time NHRA event winner recorded his best time during testing, when he powered his Skoal Racing green Funny Car to a run of 4.997 at 301.60.

"Everything is still going as planned," Capps said. "With all the new stuff and with the track being a little green, we are trying to walk before we run. We've had really good numbers to half-track. So far, everything has gone just the way we wanted it to. On the 4.99 run, we shut the car off a little bit early, but we're really happy with it."

After spending last weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the past three days testing in Phoenix, Capps is confident the Skoal Racing green team is headed in the right direction for the 2004 NHRA campaign.

"For me, it's just good to get back in the car and go down the track," Capps said. "It's good to get that sensation of speed back and feel what it's like to go 300-mph. You really want to get acclimated before you roll out at Pomona because Pomona Raceway has a real short shutdown area. You can easily run 4.7-seconds at more than 320-mph, and things happen really quickly there. You just have to get your driver instincts back.

"Testing has been great so far. Other guys put up some big numbers at Las Vegas, but they weren't trying many new things. We ran our own plan where we are trying to implement some new things. So, the plan wasn't to go out and run right to the finish line. We'll stay here at Phoenix for a couple more days and get ready for Pomona."

Capps and Skoal Racing teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. will debut new Chevy Monte Carlo bodies when the NHRA season opens with the 44th running of the K&N Filters Winternationals, Feb. 19-22, at Pomona Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

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Drivers Ron Capps , Tommy Johnson Jr.