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CAPPS QUICKEST AGAIN AT U.S. NATIONALS TESTING WEDNESDAY; SCHUMACHER ALSO FAST AT INDY CLERMONT, Ind. -- For the second day in a row Brut Dodge Charger Funny Car driver Ron Capps ran the quickest time at Wednesdays test session for the upcoming...

CAPPS QUICKEST AGAIN AT U.S. NATIONALS TESTING
WEDNESDAY; SCHUMACHER ALSO FAST AT INDY

CLERMONT, Ind. -- For the second day in a row Brut Dodge Charger Funny Car driver Ron Capps ran the quickest time at Wednesdays test session for the upcoming Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.

Capps piloted his Funny Car to a 4.846 second run at 317.87 mph. The current POWERade points leader in Funny Car, Capps has been excited to see what his team can do during these testing days in Indy.

"Testing was awesome," Capps said. "You know these conditions are those that we could see on Sunday for the Skoal Showdown."

Capps is one of eight drivers competing in the $100,000 Skoal Showdown at O'Reilly Raceway Park during the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Aug. 31-Sept. 3. The Skoal Showdown is a high-stake, high-speed race featuring the eight quickest and most consistent Funny Car teams from the last season. Capps will face Don Schumacher Racing teammate Gary Scelzi in the first round of the event.

But Capps says that the biggest excitement surrounding this year's U.S. Nationals is the addition of the Countdown to the Championship.

"What's so unique about the U.S. Nationals is I've talked the last few years about trying to do," Capps said. "I've tried to get Indy to be what it used to be. Get it double points or something and now with the Countdown the NHRA came up with, it really puts back a lot of what Indy used to be and what it should be. The U.S. Nationals."

Heading into the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, drivers in the Top 8 in the point standings will have there points reset, starting with 2,070 points for first-place and split into 10-point increments all the way to 2,000 points for eighth-place. The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is the start of a four-race playoff, where the Top 8 in points will battle it out for the top four spots in the point standings. It is this battle, starting at Indy, that Capps says will make the U.S. Nationals an exciting event to see.

"Now with the Countdown starting and the Skoal Showdown here as well, there is so much going on here and it's exciting," Capps said.

Fellow Don Schumacer Racing teammate and driver of the Mail Terminal Service Dodge Charger, Jack Beckman, had the second best run of the day in Funny Car. Beckman turned in a time of 4.889 seconds at 314.90 mph. Melanie Troxel also made a run in the Funny Car class, driving Mike Ashley's Torco Race Fuels Dodge Charger to a 5.705 second run at 171.64 mph.

In Top Fuel five-time U.S. Nationals winner Tony Schumacher ran the quickest time. Defending event winner Schumacher drove his U.S. Army dragster to a 4.563 second run at 324.83 mph. Hillary Will turned in the second fastest run of the test session. Will drove her KB Racing dragster to a 4.593 second run at 328.54.

In Pro Stock Steve Schmidt held the top spot for most of the day, turning in a run of 6.801 seconds at 202. 85 mph. Driver of the Indycom Racing Chevy Cobalt, Kenny Koretsky had the second fastest run at 6.837 seconds at 201.91 mph.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle Steve Johnson rode his Snap-On Tools/Wyotech Suzuki to the fastest time of the day, turning in a 7.125 second run at 188.10 mph. Karen Stoffer drove her Geico Suzuki to the second spot with a 7.170 second run at 184.57

The final day of testing for the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals will be held Thursday at 10 a.m.

-credit: NHRA

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Tony Schumacher , Kenny Koretsky , Jack Beckman , Karen Stoffer , Melanie Troxel , Steve Schmidt , Steve Johnson , Don Schumacher , Hillary Will