HOUSTON - Just about the time Ron Capps might've been thinking that he was on the way to his quickest Funny Car run, the engine's blower belt, which drives the supercharger, broke. Unfortunately, the belt snapped during Capps' final...
HOUSTON - Just about the time Ron Capps might've been thinking that he was on the way to his quickest Funny Car run, the engine's blower belt, which drives the supercharger, broke. Unfortunately, the belt snapped during Capps' final qualifying run and prevented him from making the field for Sunday's race at Houston Raceway Park.
"The incremental numbers were great," said Capps of his fourth qualifying run in the Copenhagen Racing Camaro. "Just past half track the motor just quit running. The belt came off. The car had passed the point on the track where it gets into trouble when the motor quit. There's nothing you can do about it except peel the dash off your face shield from flying forward (due to the sudden loss of power)."
The 330-foot (2.26 seconds) and half-track numbers (3.30 seconds) were quicker than John Force's numbers at the same junctures (2.31 and 3.35) and Force ran 4.811 seconds.
Capps wasn't able to make a full run under full power throughout qualifying. On his best run, 5.224 seconds at 207.56 mph, he had to shut off early because the engine dropped a cylinder and the result was driving him very close to the guard wall.
"Dale (Armstrong, crew chief), Todd (Okuhara, assistant crew chief) and team are very disappointed. It's just one of those deals," Capps added. "It is good that Dale started working on the Camaro the latter part of this year. That just means it's that much more that he will get to know about the car for next year."
Only one more race remains this season, the Auto Club Finals, Nov. 11-14, at Pomona, Calif.
Did not qualify
Pro Winners: Larry Dixon in Top Fuel, John Force in Funny Car, Rickie Smith in Pro Stock