Capps goes to semis and sixth Place; TJ loses in first round. LAS VEGAS, October 27, 2002 - Ron Capps came back from the explosion of his Green Skoal Racing Funny Car two weeks ago to advance to the semifinals of the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals...
Capps goes to semis and sixth Place; TJ loses in first round.
LAS VEGAS, October 27, 2002 - Ron Capps came back from the explosion of his Green Skoal Racing Funny Car two weeks ago to advance to the semifinals of the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. fell victim to lost traction in the opening round.
Capps admitted crew chief Ed McCulloch was experimenting with new parts while preparing for the 2003 NHRA POWERade season. And some of them worked well.
After qualifying 11th (4.891 seconds at 313.00 mph), Capps upended Scotty Cannon in the opening round with a 4.890 at 316.45, then eliminated Whit Bazemore in the next round with a 4.883 at 317.49. It was close in the semifinals, but Capps' car made a move toward the guard wall nearing the finish line and Tony Pedregon got by to take the win. Capps had a .456 reaction time and was leading until the car's wiggle slowed it to a 4.962 at 297.48. Pedregon won with a 4.923 at 310.
Johnson's Special Edition Skoal Racing entry was consistent in qualifying and his 4.865 at 309.84 put him eighth overall. Traction problems prevented him from challenging Tim Wilkerson in the opening round. Wilkerson ran 4.936 at 302.82 to Johnson's 7.655 at 108.28.
Capps' showing enabled him to move ahead of Cannon into sixth place (1094-1091) while Johnson is eighth at 1038.
The season finale - the Auto Club Finals - unfolds Nov. 7-10, at Pomona, Calif.
Qualified: Johnson, No. 8, 4.865 seconds at 309.84 mph; Capps, No. 11, 4.891 at 313.00 mph
First round: Capps, 4.890 at 316.45 def. Scotty Cannon; Tim Wilkerson def. Johnson; Quarterfinals: Capps, 4.883 at 317.49 def. Whit Bazemore; Semifinals: Tony Pedregon def.
Pro Winners: Larry Dixon, Top Fuel; John Force, Funny Car; Jeg Coughlin Jr., Pro Stock