MADISON, Ill. (July 27, 2004) - Ron Capps and crew chief Roland Leong continue to progress as the 14-time NHRA winner drove his green Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo to a semifinal finish at Gateway International Raceway on Sunday. In the ...
MADISON, Ill. (July 27, 2004) - Ron Capps and crew chief Roland Leong continue to progress as the 14-time NHRA winner drove his green Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo to a semifinal finish at Gateway International Raceway on Sunday.
In the first round, the Don Prudhomme Racing driver used a startling line advantage and never looked back as Capps raced to the victory over rookie driver Eric Medlen. Capps powered his Leong-tuned Chevy flopper to a run of 4.981 seconds at 308.21, while Medlen's car overpowered the race track and slowed to a run of 5.893 at 169.96.
Capps then matched up against fellow Skoal Racing driver Tommy Johnson Jr. Capps again used a startling line advantage and drove to a narrow victory over Johnson. Capps powered to a run of 4.944 at 302.55 to best Johnson's 4.904 at 319.37. It was the first time that Capps and Johnson have met during eliminations in 2004. Capps is now 4-6 in his Funny Car career versus Johnson.
In the semifinals, the green crew was too aggressive with the tune-up and Capps' Chevy flopper spun the tires allowing longtime rival John Force to score the win. Force raced to a run of 4.830 at 318.92, while Capps slowed to a run of 8.516 at 110.89.
"This has been a work in progress since Roland (Leong) got here," Capps said. "He's doing a great job. We qualified well in Englishtown (N.J.) and knew we were on to something. People think because Roland has been sitting at home on the couch that he's fallen out of the loop. I'm here to tell you that he's surprised a lot of people. I'm real proud of him, Dave Hutchens and Todd Okuhara, along with the entire Skoal green crew. My guys are doing a great job and you're going to see better results here soon."
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the 25th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals, July 16-18, at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. Capps drove to a runner-up finish at Bandimere Speedway in 1998.