Don Schumacher Racing press release
RON CAPPS LOOKS TO CONTINUE CLOSING POINTS GAP AT THIS WEEKEND’S AUTO-PLUS® NHRA NATIONALS
MOHNTON, Pa., September 27, 2011 – NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Ron Capps continues his quest for the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle championship here during this weekend’s 27th-annual Auto-Plus® NHRA Nationals, the half-way point in the Countdown to the Championship.
Last week the Don Schumacher Racing driver shaved 50 points off his deficit to Countdown leader Mike Neff by reaching the final round of the Dallas race. He comes to Maple Grove Raceway outside Reading in fifth place, 67 points – less than four rounds – behind Neff and 35 behind DSR teammate Jack Beckman (for fourth) in the tightening struggle for the title.
“It was great reaching the finals in Dallas,” said Capps. “But I think you’ll have to win one (of the six) Countdown races to win the championship. The NAPA car is certainly capable of that, as we showed in Sonoma and in reaching the finals in Dallas.
“We learned a lot of things about the NAPA car last week and we should be in very good shape for this weekend’s race, one which could be quite exciting. If we get the cool weather predicted, you could see some amazing runs, maybe comparable to Charlotte (where DSR teammate Matt Hagan set the elapsed-time record and recorded the fastest speed for a Funny Car at 1,000 feet). So, we’ll have to pull our belts a bit tighter and hang on!
“The potential is there for another E.T. record and that 20-point carrot is out there for everyone. A lot of these cars can do it.”
Racing is just one appeal for Capps this weekend.
“This is an unbelievable place, God’s country, with the track set in the mountains in Amish country,” said the California native. ““It’s really a beautiful setting.
“It’s also the area in which Tim Richards (crew chief) grew up, which just adds to the overall experience.”