CAPPS DEALS WITH TRICKY TRACK, QUALIFIES NO. 12 IN OHIO HEBRON, Ohio (May 21, 2005) - Ron Capps dealt with a tricky drag strip at National Trail Raceway today to qualify No. 12 in the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car after four rounds of qualifying...
CAPPS DEALS WITH TRICKY TRACK, QUALIFIES NO. 12 IN OHIO
HEBRON, Ohio (May 21, 2005) - Ron Capps dealt with a tricky drag strip at National Trail Raceway today to qualify No. 12 in the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car after four rounds of qualifying for the NHRA Nationals, the eighth round of the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
The first two rounds on Friday were less than spectacular, including a 9.374/89.02 and a 6.149/197.94 pass. Today's third session, under sunny but cool conditions, resulted in a 4.925/310.84, which held through the next round (5.496/183.42) for No. 12.
"It was a tricky weekend," said Capps. "Making that one shot this morning was the key. We really went after it, we wanted to get up to the top five in the last shot.
"I can't fault Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) and (co-crew chief Dan) Olson at all for wanting to do that. We didn't want to be in the bottom half of the field, but the track's been tricky. And both lanes have been tricky so we didn't accomplish that and we don't have lane choice tomorrow.
"There are a lot of great match-ups in the first round . Points-wise, there's going to be some interesting match-ups, so we just have to keep our head to the grindstone, focus, go rounds, race the track, and every other cliche that applies."
Did the track improve today? "I think the crew chiefs just got more of a handle on it. It's very tricky. It's got spots that are pretty good and then right after that there's a spot not so good, and another spot that's OK. It's hard to get these cars to go that quick down this track."
Capps faces Phil Burkart Jr. in the first round of eliminations, which begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Other interesting match-ups include Eric Medlen and Del Worsham; Gary Scelzi and Tony Pedregon; and John Force and Tony Bartone.