CAPPS QUALIFIES NO. 2 AT U.S. NATIONALS CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 5, 2010) - Ron Capps clicked off a stellar pass during the Saturday night Funny Car qualifying session for the 56th annual U.S. Nationals, earning second place behind his Don ...
CAPPS QUALIFIES NO. 2 AT U.S. NATIONALS
CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 5, 2010) - Ron Capps clicked off a stellar pass during the Saturday night Funny Car qualifying session for the 56th annual U.S. Nationals, earning second place behind his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan. Racing the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger, he recorded a 4.049-second run at 309.77 mph, which was the second quickest of that round.
His other weekend passes included a 4.149/301.40 (No. 8), 4.111/300.66 (second quickest of round - No. 9), and 4.209/253.28 and 4.115/301.87 in today's final two sessions. He earned four bonus points for his efforts.
"This is a big race weekend with the U.S. Nationals and the first race of the Countdown to the Championship," said Capps, who entered the playoffs No. 5 in points. "More importantly, these small incremental qualifying points that NHRA is providing have proven to be a real carrot hanging out there for a lot of teams. And we went for it last night, got the No 2 spot, and that kind of thing is a real ego booster for the guys on the NAPA crew.
"We worked to get in that position and be last pair and be able to watch cars go down the track. I knew when I saw Hagan in front of me go 4.03 that we had a shot at either going 4.03 or quicker. So, the 4.04 was nice. We thought it would run quicker than that, but to put Don Schumacher Racing cars one and two is awesome.
"And I tell you, to run that 4.11 in that last run in the fifth qualifying session in the heat shows that we have a good tuneup for race day because we know it's going to be hot and humid tomorrow.
"The NAPA team is pumped."
Capps will face Melanie Troxel in the opening round of Monday's eliminations.