CAPPS MAKES VEGAS FIELD ON SATURDAY LAS VEGAS (Oct. 28, 2006) - NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship contender Ron Capps made it into the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals field on Saturday, in the No. 11 spot, following two ...
CAPPS MAKES VEGAS FIELD ON SATURDAY
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 28, 2006) - NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship contender Ron Capps made it into the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals field on Saturday, in the No. 11 spot, following two aborted and non-qualifying tire-smoking runs on Friday.
The driver of the Brut Revolution Dodge Charger R/T, who receives additional support from Knoll Gas-Torco Race Fuels, first posted a 4.806-second pass at 322.58 mph, good for No. 12, then clocked in with a solid 4.761-second pass at 325.30 mph in his final attempt at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a popular stop on the NHRA tour.
"It was real easy to get knotted up after Friday night," he said, "not being in and only having two runs left. The way we approached it was, we had good weather, so we didn't have to worry about that, we had two more runs today, and it's a great race track. That took a lot of the anxiety away.
"There have been tracks where it was middle of the day on a Saturday (in hot weather) and you had to improve. It was not a good situation. This is a great place under most conditions.
"We shot for lane choice (in the last pass), for sure," he added. "We wanted to move up and still didn't run as good as we wanted to. But, I recall those races we won this year, and a lot of those rounds we won during those races we won without lane choice. I wake up Sunday morning, no matter where we're qualified, knowing we can win from that position."
Following qualifying, Capps holds on to second in the rankings, 51 points behind Force, and is two points ahead of third-place and No. 1-qualifier Robert Hight.
Capps faces Scott Kalitta in the opening round of eliminations on Sunday.