Capps Advances To Second Round at Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (April 4, 2004) -- Ron Capps and the Skoal RacingSM crew earned their first round victory of the season Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a weekend that saw the 14-time NHRA...
Capps Advances To Second Round at Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (April 4, 2004) -- Ron Capps and the Skoal RacingSM crew earned their first round victory of the season Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a weekend that saw the 14-time NHRA event winner post his best elapsed time (4.779 seconds) of 2004 and record a career-best speed (324.75 mph).
In the opening round of Funny Car eliminations, Capps' Skoal Racing Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Car suffered engine damage and coasted to a run of 5.842 seconds at 165.90 mph to score the win, while his first round opponent, Tony Bartone, lost traction and recorded a pass of 6.061 at 198.85.
In round two, Capps used a significant starting-line advantage over rookie driver Eric Medlen before the Skoal Racing flopper lost traction after overpowering the hot, Las Vegas Motor Speedway race track, allowing Medlen to drive by for the victory. Capps recorded a performance of 5.990 at 160.86, while Medlen raced to a run of 4.868 at 315.34.
"There's been a lot of pressure on us and it's understandable," Capps said. "We should be producing a lot better results than we have. All of us know that we haven't run to our potential. Being on this side of the fence, I can tell you that the 4.77 that we ran here in qualifying has been in this Skoal Racing Funny Car.
"The thing is to never give up on your crew guys. It's encouraging to run as well as we did here in Vegas. We were on our way to a good run against (Eric) Medlen and we know why it did what it did, so that will help us in the future. When we go to Houston where the track will be good and fast, we should run pretty quick with the new Monte Carlo body."
Phil Burkart Jr. defeated Whit Bazemore in the Funny Car final at The Strip.
ESPN2 will televise two hours of final eliminations coverage from the Summitracing.com Nationals at 11 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 4.
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the 17th annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals, April 15-18, at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas.