CAPPS TAKES NO. 10 IN ATLANTA QUALIFYING COMMERCE, Ga. (May 7, 2006) - Ron Capps drove the Brut Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car to No. 10 in qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Atlanta Dragway today, posting two out of four...
CAPPS TAKES NO. 10 IN ATLANTA QUALIFYING
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 7, 2006) - Ron Capps drove the Brut Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car to No. 10 in qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Atlanta Dragway today, posting two out of four consistent passes and one that had the potential of placing him in the top half of the field.
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader Capps recorded his best lap, a 4.803-second elapsed time at 316.45 mph, in the first session, followed by a 4.937/242.41 in the night session, in which he veered close to the centerline and shut it off early. Today's third and fourth attempts resulted in a 9.726/79.67 in the heat of the day, and a 4.860/319.14.
"We talked about it the other day," he said, "about how grueling this race can be when the sun comes out. We saw how good this track is on Friday night, really. So It's no fault of the track when I say it gets tricky; it's just when the sun and the humidity beat down on it, as we saw today. This is typical Atlanta, where it is really tough to negotiate for a crew chief and I take full responsibility for our run on Friday night.
"We should have been top three in qualifying. It was on a great run. I didn't do my job of keeping it in the groove and it tried to jump over the centerline. I had to get out of the throttle, which was hard to do, because it was on a really great run.
"So, we don't have lane choice going into first round. Once again, we have adversity in front of us, but we just don't know what the weather is going to do this weekend. It's been up and down, with chance of rain, cloudiness, sun in, sun out. This is where championships are won or lost and we need to just do the best we can.
"It's going to be like this throughout the summer and this is when it really gets fun."
Capps faces Cruz Pedregon in first round of eliminations on Sunday.