Gainesville: Ron Capps final summary

CAPPS ELIMINATED BY TEAMMATE SCELZI IN GAINESVILLE FIRST ROUND GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 20, 2005) - It's bound to happen in a multi-car team, and it's happened twice in three events so far this season for Ron Capps, driver of the Brut Dodge ...

CAPPS ELIMINATED BY TEAMMATE SCELZI IN GAINESVILLE FIRST ROUND

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 20, 2005) - It's bound to happen in a multi-car team, and it's happened twice in three events so far this season for Ron Capps, driver of the Brut Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car. He met one of his two teammates in the first round. In the season-opener it was Whit Bazemore, and today at the NHRA Gatornationals it was No. 5 qualifier Gary Scelzi.

Capps, who qualified 12th and didn't earn lane choice, blasted off the starting line first with a .099 reaction time to Scelzi's .111, but it was Scelzi first at the finish line with a 4.857-second ET at 319.48 mph to Capps' losing 4.908/315.67. The hottest day of the weekend produced hard-to-read track conditions, as temperatures today in the 70s were a far cry from the 40s on Friday and 60s on Saturday in which the teams qualified.

"We're not happy we lost, obviously," said Capps, who is now seventh in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car point standings. "I told (co-crew chief Dan) Olson and Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) we gave it a good shot. We definitely didn't have lane choice and it was a little bit tricky in that left lane. There were some oildowns in front of us and the sun was out.

"That would have won a lot of other rounds. I'm pretty pleased," he added. "We've got a hot rod. It wasn't such a bad loss; we're not going to take too bad a hit in the points. I'm just real proud of the Brut Dodge guys. It's unfortunate that we lost, but it feels good to know that we've got a car that we can unload at the next track in Houston and go for the pole."

"What you want to do on Sunday is you obviously want to win," said McCulloch. "We were racing a teammate and we wanted to beat him as bad as he wanted to beat us. The race track all weekend has been really tricky. The sun came out today, it was warmer. We got a little bit too cautious and it didn't run quick enough and we got beat."

Next up is the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway, April 8-10.

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Drivers Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi