CAPPS SURVIVES FIRE TO QUALIFY THIRD FOR MOPAR MILE-HIGH NATIONALS MORRISON, Colo. (July 16, 2005) - Ron Capps survived a fire in the second round of qualifying while posting his quickest elapsed time of the weekend in the Brut Dodge Stratus...
CAPPS SURVIVES FIRE TO QUALIFY THIRD FOR MOPAR MILE-HIGH NATIONALS
MORRISON, Colo. (July 16, 2005) - Ron Capps survived a fire in the second round of qualifying while posting his quickest elapsed time of the weekend in the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car. Capps' 4.832/318.84 run in that session held throughout the weekend, earning him the No. 3 spot. He joined his teammates Whit Bazemore and Gary Scelzi in a 2-3-4 Don Schumacher Racing qualifying sweep for the Mopar Mile-High Nationals.
His other passes included a 4.982/303.23 in the first session, a 5.722/178.59 in the third, and a 4.872/317.34 in the final.
"For Schumacher Racing this has been a great weekend, so far. Underline 'so far' because we have a lot of work to do tomorrow," he said. "But, I tell you, there was a lot of weird stuff happening here during qualifying. There were cars shutting off at the starting line and not making their runs. There were cars having a lot of problems."
"This place will take its toll, mentally, physically and on these cars. Starting this three-race West Coast swing, there are a lot of guys who will be out of parts. Thank goodness we have great sponsors who supply us with a lot of parts."
"It's been a great qualifying effort. We're working our way back up in the Skoal Showdown and that's a priority for us on Friday and Saturday, to qualify better than we have the first half of the year. So far, we're doing a great job of that and we need to get into the Skoal Showdown. It's important to us."
"On top of that, having lane choice and just running well is great. To be honest with you, I actually let off and hit the 'chutes before anything happened and all of a sudden it decided to kick a rod out," he said of the fire at the end of his quick pass. "And that's just part of being up here at this altitude. You can go around to all of these teams and you'll see carnage laying in the pit areas. It's just what the mountain does to you."
"Taking advantage of the cool conditions Friday night was the key (to qualifying well). And the Brut Dodge ran great, even though we had the fire afterwards. A lot of people might think we used up the engine, but the engine was in great shape. It just happened to kick a rod out on the shutdown, which is strange. The fire was big and orange, but it wasn't hot. It didn't stay lit very long. I jumped out to pick up the body, so the body didn't have any marks on it."
"We took advantage of the Friday night session. It was an ego shot. You won't see those (cooler) conditions again all weekend. We're going to have absurd conditions on Sunday. We're going to have 90-something degrees and we're starting an hour later than usual and it's going to be hot and very, very difficult."
Capps faces Gary Densham in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.