Pedregon leaves first but Capps comes back to get the win MEMPHIS, Sept. 22, 2003 - Cruz Pedregon's Advance Auto Parts Funny Car left Ron Capps at the starting line Monday as the rain-delayed Mid-South Nationals resumed at Memphis Motorsports ...
Pedregon leaves first but Capps comes back to get the win
MEMPHIS, Sept. 22, 2003 - Cruz Pedregon's Advance Auto Parts Funny Car left Ron Capps at the starting line Monday as the rain-delayed Mid-South Nationals resumed at Memphis Motorsports Park, only to have Capps pass him before the finish line.
Rain on Sunday forced a 24-hour delay in competition and kept all the drivers waiting for better conditions. They showed up Monday and Pedregon was aggressive in his attempt to beat Capps in the first round, deep-staging for a better reaction time. Pedregon got it with a .064, and that, coupled with Capps' .125 start gave the early lead to Pedregon. Capps, meanwhile, needed to come up with the third-best elapsed time of the round to pass Pedregon, winning with a 4.862 to a 4.964. That was Pedregon's quickest run of the extended weekend.
Pedregon stayed 10th in NHRA POWERade Series points with 820. He's only 78 points behind No. 7 Tommy Johnson Jr. With five races - and 20 rounds of eliminations - remaining, Pedregon still could overtake Johnson and possibly get to Ron Capps if the Advance Auto Parts Pontiac strung together some round wins. Each round win is worth 20 points.
There isn't much time between races. The Route 66 Nationals begins Friday at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. It will be the fifth consecutive week of racing for the NHRA POWERade Series competitors. Rain delayed the completion of the U.S. Nationals one week (Sept. 7) and the Lucas Oil Nationals were postponed from Sept. 14 to Oct. 5. The Fall Nationals are scheduled Oct. 10-12 near Dallas.