CAPPS LEADS TEAM MOPARÂ® FUNNY CAR DRIVERS IN NORWALK QUALIFYING Norwalk, Ohio (June 28, 2008) -- Ron Capps drove his MoparÂ® HEMIÂ®-powered NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to the No. 2 spot in qualifying today at the Second Annual...
CAPPS LEADS TEAM MOPAR® FUNNY CAR DRIVERS IN NORWALK QUALIFYING
Norwalk, Ohio (June 28, 2008) -- Ron Capps drove his Mopar® HEMI®-powered NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to the No. 2 spot in qualifying today at the Second Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, leading all four Mopar-powered Funny Car drivers that will do battle in the elimination rounds tomorrow.
Capps had just two chances to make the field after both qualifying sessions were cancelled on Friday due to water seeping onto the track. The Don Schumacher Racing driver's first run was a 5.009-second lap at 293.28 mph, which placed him No. 7. He jumped to the No. 2 spot during the second qualifying session with a pass of 4.909/297.42.
"Obviously, it qualifies us well and gives us lane choice," said Capps. "But, more so, you look at the big picture and it earns us more qualifying points, which is something we worked on for this year, and also for the Showdown (U.S. Nationals bonus event). We're up solidly in the top half of that."
Capps will face his fellow Mopar-powered driver and DSR teammate, Jerry Toliver, in the opening round of eliminations on Sunday. Toliver qualified his Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge Charger R/T in the No. 15 spot. DSR driver Jack Beckman, 42, celebrated his birthday by taking the No. 5 starting position in his Valvoline/MTS Dodge Charger R/T and will face Cruz Pedregon in round one. Kenny Bernstein Racing and Monster Energy Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson will start at No. 14 and will face off with Tim Wilkerson.
Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger R/T driver Gary Scelzi and Pro Care R/X Dodge Charger R/T driver Melanie Troxel were disqualified from the event after the NHRA determined that loose ballast was discovered in their Funny Cars.
"The car was 15 pounds heavy. It had five pounds of loose ballast in it because the [official] scales vary so much from run to run," said Scelzi. "I don't think the penalty fits the crime. To throw us out of the event I feel is a little bit harsh."