LAST YEAR'S DENVER CHAMP CAPPS AIMS FOR TWO MORRISON, Colo. (July 21, 2010) - Ron Capps and the resurgent NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Funny Car team aren't basking in the limelight of their first victory of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing...
LAST YEAR'S DENVER CHAMP CAPPS AIMS FOR TWO
MORRISON, Colo. (July 21, 2010) - Ron Capps and the resurgent NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Funny Car team aren't basking in the limelight of their first victory of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series last Sunday in Sonoma, Calif. Instead, they're working hard to get ready for the altitude at the MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., this weekend.
Capps is the defending champion there, winning from the pole position in 2009. He also holds the elapsed-time track record of 4.121 seconds (set last year), and was runner-up there in 1998 and 2007.
With the Sonoma victory and a jump into fifth place in the standings, there's no question the NAPA team has picked up its game at a crucial time of the year, with the Countdown to 1 playoffs beginning after the next two races.
"Right now, our focus is, as is everybody else's, on the Countdown," said Capps, who clinched a berth in the playoffs in Sonoma. "What's fun is that I feel like we're starting our season right now. When you look at the scheme of things, we're hitting out stride at a very good time.
"I was very excited about winning Denver last year. The Denver race is a special race itself. You can almost make it an All-Star race because it is so out of the norm of any event in our regular schedule that it becomes special.
"Up on the mountain you're a mile high and the crew chiefs have to take everything they do the rest of the year and throw it out the window and approach this race like no other race.
"The same thing with the driver. You show up there in the rental car and you get out and you walk up in the pit area and you realize how high up in elevation you are. You're already winded just walking up to the pits.
"So, for me, winning there last year was huge because it's such a difficult race for the crew, the crew chiefs and the driver to come together and make four good runs on Sunday without making a mistake.
"And, besides that, I'll put those Denver fans up against any other fans we see all year. They pack Bandimere Speedway Friday through Sunday. You can't even walk through the pit area hardly; it's wall-to-wall. It's a great feeling. It's something I know that a lot of drivers either look forward to or don't, and it's all for the same reason. It's because it's such a demanding race and it will take so much out of you to do well there."