CAPPS AIMS TO MAKE UP LOST GROUND IN DALLAS DALLAS (Sept. 21, 2005) - Ron Capps and the Brut Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car team are still recovering from their first-round loss at Reading, Pa., which might have been prevented had they been able to...
CAPPS AIMS TO MAKE UP LOST GROUND IN DALLAS
DALLAS (Sept. 21, 2005) - Ron Capps and the Brut Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car team are still recovering from their first-round loss at Reading, Pa., which might have been prevented had they been able to have four qualifying rounds.
When one is in the midst of a tight championship chase, these setbacks can be killers. But Capps and crew chief Ed "Ace" McCulloch have bitten the bullet following the NHRA's decision that prevented them from qualifying in Reading on Friday night because of an erroneous call, and are ready to roll at this weekend's O'Reilly NHRA Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.
"I know that Ace has always been good at channeling his energy towards making the car run better, and there have been times when he's been aggravated about something and taken it out on the race track several times that I've been around him," said Capps, who fell from third to fifth in points after that race.
"That part excites me. Obviously, the part that hurts the most about Reading is that we left there a little worse than when we got there. If you can't make up any ground, you surely don't want to lose any, and we did lose some.
"But, on the bright side, there are 16 rounds of racing left," he said of the four races remaining in the season. "And, as we've seen this year, anything and absolutely anything can happen.
"There's another hurricane which looks like it's heading to Texas, and that puts a little different perspective on qualifying, if the storm indeed comes through Dallas.
"Texas Motorplex is a place that I always look forward to. It's great that it is one of the races that is going to be crucial in the points chase," added Capps, who is now 82 points out of the lead. "Having these two races in a row (Dallas and Chicago) right after Reading also helps, especially having to wait only a few days before getting back in the car after what happened in Reading.
"To still be in the championship battle, and, by all means, we're still right in the thick of it, is also a thrill," said Capps, who is seeking his first Funny Car crown. "We had a hiccup in Reading, but this team is too good to stay down."