CAPPS PULLS OUT A STRONG PASS AFTER RAIN DELAY TO QUALIFY NO. 5 IN DALLAS ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 25, 2010) - After a five-hour-plus rain delay halted the completion of the third qualifying round for the Funny Car class, Ron Capps pulled out a solid...
CAPPS PULLS OUT A STRONG PASS AFTER RAIN DELAY TO QUALIFY NO. 5 IN DALLAS
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 25, 2010) - After a five-hour-plus rain delay halted the completion of the third qualifying round for the Funny Car class, Ron Capps pulled out a solid pass of 4.129 seconds at 300.40 mph to qualify the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger Funny Car in No. 5 for the 25th annual NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.
Before the rains came and following three pairs of cars qualifying in front of him, Capps was out of the field, having fallen to No. 18; his Friday runs were a 4.861/185.43 (No. 8) and 5.135/141.80 (No. 13). If the session had been cancelled at that point, he would have been placed in No. 15. The session was re-started, however, when the rain stopped, and Capps was put in a position where he needed to get himself in. He accomplished it with a strong push to the finish line. The fourth session was cancelled.
"It was pretty much a roller coaster," said Capps, who will face Del Worsham in the opening round of Sunday's eliminations. "It went from everybody struggling yesterday in the heat to waking up this morning in my coach at the track and walking outside to the cool conditions, the cloud cover, and I thought not only were we going to get into the show, but we were going to go deep in the show.
"We were two pairs away and just sitting in the car and you know the conditions are good, good enough to run a high 4.0 (-second run) and then for the rain to come down right in front of us was disheartening. I started thinking, If we don't get in the show here our championship hopes are over. Then somebody came over and told us that we would have been in because of one of the rules that NHRA had with the partial session having been completed.
"You talk about the up and down and up and down of emotions. It was finalized by the fact that NHRA got the session in and we got our run in. The car's been wanting to run that. The 4.12 was a great run. We got lane choice and that was the main goal."