RON CAPPS DRIVES BRUT DODGE INTO NO. 7 IN PHOENIX QUALIFYING CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 26, 2005) - Ron Capps powered his way down a tough track in the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car at Firebird Raceway and landed firmly in the top half of the Funny...
RON CAPPS DRIVES BRUT DODGE INTO NO. 7 IN PHOENIX QUALIFYING
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 26, 2005) - Ron Capps powered his way down a tough track in the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car at Firebird Raceway and landed firmly in the top half of the Funny Car field for the second event of the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. His 4.791-second elapsed time at 321.88 mph set in last night's qualifying session placed him solidly in No. 7 after four qualifying rounds.
In today's third round, Capps clocked a 4.868/311.56, then followed with a 4.806/317.27 in the final session, the third quickest pass of that round under a strong desert sun.
"This is always a grueling track to figure out for the crew chiefs," said Capps, the 2003 winner here. "Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) and (co-crew chief Dan) Olson did a great job. To run that last session at an .80 flat was pretty awesome. It was pretty warm out all day and to qualify where we did was encouraging.
"It's a battle every year in the Funny Car class just to qualify, let alone to qualify in the top half of the field. We're working our way into the Skoal Showdown at Indy and we're achieving these small goals as we go along. It was great (in that final qualifying pass) to have a close race against Tommy Johnson Jr. (who posted a 4.808 to Capps' 4.806), who just won the Winternationals. We're going to race him again tomorrow in the first round.
"It should be another close race. We're just going to have to get up there and see what happens. Hopefully the conditions will stay the same.
"Ace and Dan had kind of backed it down a little bit (in that last pass)," he added, "just to be a little bit safe and go down the track. Ace's motto this weekend has been to make sure we go down the track and learn something instead of smoking the tires out there.
"As a driver I feel great. The Brut guys did a great job. We had some problems with the clutch earlier. They overcame adversity and got the car back together. Part of the deal out here is teamwork and I am very excited."