Capps Confident Heading into Season-Finale at Historic Pomona Raceway POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2004) - Even with a fast race car at the past two NHRA POWERade Series events, Ron Capps has yet to power his Don Prudhomme-owned Skoal RacingSM...
Capps Confident Heading into Season-Finale at Historic Pomona Raceway
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2004) - Even with a fast race car at the past two NHRA POWERade Series events, Ron Capps has yet to power his Don Prudhomme-owned Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car to a victory this season. Capps, a 14-time NHRA winner, is eager to reverse that stat at the 40th annual Auto Club of Southern California Finals, Nov. 11-14, at Pomona Raceway, the final event on the 2004 schedule.
Capps blasted his flopper to its quickest run of the season (4.777 seconds) in Reading, Pa., in mid-October, and clocked three 4.82-second passes in Las Vegas two weeks ago. The veteran driver knows that it will take a barrage of 4.7-second elapsed times to win at Pomona and feels there is more left in the tune-up of his supercharged Chevy.
"There will be a lot of 4.70s run at the Finals," Capps said. "If we plan on doing well, we're going to have to run 4.70s. We have two runs in the afternoon (on Thursday and Friday), and if we have cool conditions, you're going to see low 4.70s and maybe even a high 4.60 come up on the board. The way my guys have run our Skoal Racing Chevy at the past two races, the setup was a little soft. So, we're going to step on it even more at Pomona and see what we can do. We should have a really strong race car."
Capps has recorded some of the most consistent reaction times in the Funny Car category and given the recent performance of his race car, he now has the confidence that he can drive his race car to round wins and potentially a 15th career "Wally" trophy.
"It's about being consistent and having the confidence to race these Funny Cars," Capps said. "You can't just send a Funny Car to the starting line with a soft setup to just go down the race track. You have to be really aggressive. In marginal conditions, guys are running 4.70s. You can't be shy. Todd (Okuhara) and Phil (Shuler) have really stepped up to the plate and made us all proud with the way the car has been performing the past two races."
The popular driver would like nothing more than stepping to the plate and knocking a home run in his final at bat of the season in his home ballpark at Pomona Raceway.
Ron Capps' Pomona Finals Memory
"Almost winning the championship twice and having the points chase come all the way to Pomona before John (Force) clinched was a really exciting thing to be a part of. Pomona's history in drag racing made it even more enjoyable. To have a chance at winning the title in 1998 and 2000 was really a great thing to be a part of at the Finals."