CAPPS OUT IN READING FIRST ROUND MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 10, 2010) - No. 5 qualifier Ron Capps was upset in the opening round of Funny Car eliminations at the 26th annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway today, after losing traction at the hit...
CAPPS OUT IN READING FIRST ROUND
MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 10, 2010) - No. 5 qualifier Ron Capps was upset in the opening round of Funny Car eliminations at the 26th annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway today, after losing traction at the hit of the throttle in his match-up against Jim Head.
The NAPA Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Dodge Charger slowed to a 6.568-second elapsed time at 122.17 mph, as Head claimed the win with a 4.149/302.82.
Capps slipped to ninth in the Countdown to the Championship class point standings, with two national events remaining in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.
"We obviously had hopes of using this race at Maple Grove to climb back up into the top five in points," said Capps, who has one national event victory this season. "And (crew chief) John Medlen had a great handle on the NAPA Susan G. Komen car all weekend.
"We did smoke the tires at the hit of the throttle last qualifying session and really didn't think much of it other than making a couple of little tweaks here and there that we were going to make for race day. And, lo and behold, we went up there for first round and it did exactly the same thing.
"We're searching right now to find out what it is, but there's definitely something wrong. It's not very common for our car to smoke the tires that quick at the hit, so there's definitely a gremlin somewhere.
"As are a lot of other teams, we're going to stay and run here on Monday and figure it out before we get to Vegas.
"The fan response to the Susan G. Komen car was unbelievable. We sold out of every bit of merchandise for it, and 100 percent of the proceeds went to the NAPA All Out for the Cure® cause, and we thank NAPA for letting us run the body. We really wanted to put this car in the winner's circle this weekend.
"This NAPA team is too good to go up there and lose traction so quickly. We will fix the problem and we'll be ready for Las Vegas."
Next up is the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 29-31.