Gainesville: Ron Capps Saturday summary

CAPPS QUALIFIES 12TH IN GAINESVILLE GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19, 2005) - Ron Capps and the Brut Dodge Funny Car team, along with just about every other NHRA POWERade Drag Racing series competitor, had a tough time qualifying this weekend at the...

CAPPS QUALIFIES 12TH IN GAINESVILLE

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19, 2005) - Ron Capps and the Brut Dodge Funny Car team, along with just about every other NHRA POWERade Drag Racing series competitor, had a tough time qualifying this weekend at the NHRA Gatornationals, as temperatures dropped into the 40s on Friday and warmed only to the 60s today for final qualifying.

Capps was a non-qualifier in the first round on Friday, then posted a one-pedal 4.902/321.65 pass on Friday evening, the fourth quickest pass of that round. In today's third round he ran a 4.945/38.11, which was followed by a 5.131/227.38 in the final session, placing him in No. 12.

"It's been a strange weekend," said Capps who, along with teammates Gary Scelzi and Whit Bazemore, has never won the Gatornationals. "Weekends like this are true tests for crew chiefs and every crew chief out here who qualified did a heck of a job to just get into the show.

"We had conditions on Friday that were so cool. It's something we hadn't seen, and probably won't see again as far as track temperatures are concerned, which barely reached 60 degrees. Then to have the sun come out on Saturday and have two completely different scenarios was certainly a challenge. And Sunday is going to pose an even different scenario from the first two days.

"Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) and (co-crew chief Dan) Olson did a great job. We got in on Friday night's run and that ended up being the run that stayed in. And I was on a great run the last session but we had an O-ring that blew out on the fuel pump, so we were kind of lucky that the thing didn't catch fire, to be honest with you. We feel like that was our lucky break of the weekend right there."

Capps will meet his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Gary Scelzi in the first round of eliminations on Sunday. "All these guys are tough, anyone who made the show is tough," he said. "And we have Scelzi in the first round, and of course we all know how good that car can run with Zippy (Scelzi's crew chief Mike Neff) over there.

"I knew coming in we would have a tough time all year and we would have to run our teammates. That's just part of it. We're going to go up there and give it our best shot."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi , Don Schumacher , Mike Neff