Dallas: Ron Capps Friday summary

ENNIS, Texas. (Sept. 24, 2004) - Ron Capps used a tune-up from veteran crew chief Roland Leong to power his new Murf McKinney-built green Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo to a pass of 4.894 seconds at 315.64 mph Friday evening at the Texas ...

ENNIS, Texas. (Sept. 24, 2004) - Ron Capps used a tune-up from veteran crew chief Roland Leong to power his new Murf McKinney-built green Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo to a pass of 4.894 seconds at 315.64 mph Friday evening at the Texas Motorplex.

After last weekend's event in Reading, Pa. was postponed due to rain, Capps' teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. made three test laps behind the wheel of Capps' car Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway. On his first pass with the new piece, Capps raced to a run of 5.591 at 183.74 during the afternoon, before coming back under the lights and driving to a run of 4.894 at 315.64 to claim the ninth qualifying position, proving last Sunday's test session worthwhile. There are 19 Funny Cars attempting to make the cut for this weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals.

"We have this new car and Tommy (Johnson) tested the car in Reading (Pa.) and it's just a blessing because it's got some new trick pieces with Murf (McKinney) and the Skoal Racing guys working together," Capps said. "To run 4.89 on only the fifth pass down the track is huge. This car seems to be a lot more forgiving and the guys are excited about making a lot more runs with it."

Capps, who won at Billy Meyer's track in 1998, looks to move up in the Funny Car order on Saturday afternoon when professional qualifying continues with qualifying sessions scheduled for 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. (CT).

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Tommy Johnson Jr.