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FUNNY CAR POINTS LEADER CAPPS RIDING THAT WAVE INTO ATLANTA COMMERCE, Ga. (May 3, 2006) - Funny Car points leader Ron Capps just keeps riding that killer wave he's been surfing since the beginning of the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. As...

FUNNY CAR POINTS LEADER CAPPS RIDING THAT WAVE INTO ATLANTA

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 3, 2006) - Funny Car points leader Ron Capps just keeps riding that killer wave he's been surfing since the beginning of the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. As the NHRA circus heads to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals this weekend at Atlanta Dragway, Capps is enjoying a 122-point lead over 13-time champ John Force, a record of five final-round appearances in six events, including three wins, and a season round win-loss tally of 20-3.

For the driver of the Brut Dodge Stratus R/T, with support from Torco Race Fuels, who missed out on winning his first Funny Car championship by eight points in 2005, this season is looking like it could be the one. But Capps is not one to count those chickens just yet.

While he's never won at Atlanta Dragway, he does have three runner-up finishes - two in Funny Car (2000, 2001) and one in Top Fuel (1995).

"Atlanta is a place where I've done real well in the past," he says."It's always a place I'm happy to go to. That being said, now we're going to get to these tracks where conditions are going to be a little bit warmer and there will be some more humidity than we've seen. You've heard people say in the past that championships are won in the summer months.

"Some of the conditions we're going to see coming up here in the next few races, especially Atlanta, are going to be tough, and we're in a two-race swing on top of that.

"I'm very excited, but I'm apprehensive. We need to stay focused and try to keep what we have going on. It's real easy to drink your own bath water, so to speak, when you start reading your own press and getting excited. You have to remember it's a long year. You don't want to get too excited. I've said this before, it's like a football player running wide open and is going to score a touchdown and starts dancing around before he gets to the end zone and drops the ball. You just don't want to do that, especially in this game.

"Atlanta is the home of POWERade and Coca-Cola. A lot of companies are close to Atlanta, so you get a lot of the corporate people coming out. I think it's important that we put on the best show we can for them and I think right now the fans are getting their money's worth, both on TV and in person when we come to their area. I know for sure that every year we go to Atlanta they pack the grandstands. I'm sure it will be the same this year."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , John Force