CAPPS ENCOURAGED BY NORWALK QUARTERFINAL FINISH NORWALK, Ohio (June 27, 2010) - Ron Capps advanced to the Funny Car quarterfinal round today at the fourth annual NHRA Nationals, posting two solid laps in 90-degree ambient heat and track ...
CAPPS ENCOURAGED BY NORWALK QUARTERFINAL FINISH
NORWALK, Ohio (June 27, 2010) - Ron Capps advanced to the Funny Car quarterfinal round today at the fourth annual NHRA Nationals, posting two solid laps in 90-degree ambient heat and track temperatures reaching 128 degrees.
Driving the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger Funny Car from the fifth starting position, he won his opening-round match-up out of the left lane over Bob Bode with a less-than-perfect 4.333-second elapsed time at 273.66 mph, then met up with Robert Hight in the second round for a close contest, without lane choice. Out of the right lane, Capps took the lead at the starting beams (.096 reaction time for Capps, .104 for Hight - .000 is perfect), relinquished it after 60 feet and regained it at 330 feet, until Hight nipped him at the finish line, posting a winning 4.235/288.70 to Capps' close but losing 4.277/277.43
"Both lanes were hot," said Capps. "I'm actually pretty proud of the guys for making a great call to get the NAPA Dodge to go down that right lane. As most fans saw, unbelievable temperatures were beating down on the track the whole day, so I think all the Funny Car teams put on a great show considering how hot the track was.
"Obviously, you get up for (crew chief) Jimmy Prock and Robert Hight. They have had the best car this year, so you really have to be on your game. We left close together, we were locked together, and the NAPA car just started spinning the tire a little after half track and kind of moved me over a little bit. I could hear Robert out there the whole time. It was going to be a great race if it hadn't spun the tires, but it was just an excellent job by the NAPA crew to get the car to make it to the finish.
"I wouldn't say we were lucky, but I might have had a little bit of Eric Medlen helping me steer away from the cones that first lap because I was heading right toward the cones with a cylinder out. If it were a quarter-mile track I would have crossed the centerline. That got us past first round into second.
"It's encouraging. It's just more data for (crew chief) John Medlen and all the NAPA guys to work on. It's all about confidence, and they're helping me build back my confidence."
Next up is the 23rd NHRA Northwest Nationals in Kent, Wash., July 9-11.