Las Vegas II: Ron Capps Saturday summary

CAPPS DEALS HIMSELF A DEUCE IN VEGAS LAS VEGAS (Oct. 22, 2005) - Ron Capps and crew chief Ed "Ace" McCulloch dealt themselves a deuce tonight in final Funny car qualifying, collecting a No. 2 spot for Sunday's eliminations at the ACDelco Las...

CAPPS DEALS HIMSELF A DEUCE IN VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 22, 2005) - Ron Capps and crew chief Ed "Ace" McCulloch dealt themselves a deuce tonight in final Funny car qualifying, collecting a No. 2 spot for Sunday's eliminations at the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, a deuce is next to an ace, and Capps has own of those in his deck as well.

In the quickest Funny Car field in NHRA history, Capps joined his teammate and other Funny Car championship contender Gary Scelzi on the all-Don Schumacher Racing "front row," as Scelzi nabbed his fifth season pole position.

Capps posted a 4.754-second elapsed time at 326.71 mph, while Scelzi recorded a track record 4.746-second ET at a top speed of 327.90 mph.

He gained three points on Funny Car leader John Force, and now trails him by just 54 points in the closest Funny Car championship chase this series has seen, with just two races left.

The California native came into the final round in 11th place and was looking for a strong move up the charts under ideal evening conditions.

"Before we made our run, I think we were back to 13th or 14th," he said. "It was dropping fast, but it's awesome to be strapped in the Brut Dodge and have all the confidence in the world in Ace and Ron (Thompson, assistant crew chief) and all the Brut guys.

"They told me it was going to run a mid-4.70 basically, and it ran right on a mid-.70 and we couldn't have run a more perfect mid-.70.

"We got beat out a little bit by Scelzi, but that's OK. We're a team here and we're happy for those guys. Scelzi is on the opposite side of the ladder. He's actually over there with Force, and we have Robert Hight on our side.

"The main point was to go up and have lane choice the first round, so to get up to No. 2 was a bonus. We knew we could use the points.

"What a turn of events. Everybody is trying to build power in this desert air and then for Ace to go up there and do everything right, like he did, made it so much fun."

Capps faces Tim Wilkerson in first round of eliminations on Sunday. His other qualifying runs included a 4.866/318.09, a 4.817/323.27 and a 4.842/323.81.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Tim Wilkerson , Robert Hight