RON CAPPS NOT IN FIELD; NHRA DECISION QUESTIONED READING, Pa. (Sept. 16, 2005) - Ron Capps, whose first qualifying pass today in the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car was a 5.081/251.86, was not given the opportunity to improve on that position in ...
RON CAPPS NOT IN FIELD; NHRA DECISION QUESTIONED
READING, Pa. (Sept. 16, 2005) - Ron Capps, whose first qualifying pass today in the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car was a 5.081/251.86, was not given the opportunity to improve on that position in tonight's second qualifying pass under cooler conditions by the NHRA.
The NHRA officials claimed the Brut Dodge was leaking oil after the burnout and was told to shut down. The team disagrees with this decision, saying that any oil on the track had to come from a previous pass.
Team members and NHRA officials checked the Brut Dodge and found no evidence of oil leakage. Unfortunately for the Brut team, the ruling was not corrected and the team is not in the 16-car field, and is in No. 19.
"(Chief Starter) Rick Stewart made a wrong call," said crew chief Ed McCulloch. "They need to 'fess up to the fact that he made a wrong call and make it right. Their officials have been here (in the pits). They've looked. There are no drips. There is no oil on this car. There are no leaks. The oil was in the lane before we ran and we pointed that out to them. They should have cleaned it up before we ran. It was coming out of the car that ran in front of us. When we did our burnout and we saw it, they went out and they were trying to wipe it up. It wasn't from our car. It was from the car before. There are no leaks in this car."
Note: The car that ran directly in front was Capps' teammate Whit Bazemore's MatcoTools Dodge. Bazemore's car was also checked and there was no evidence of oil. It is presumed that the oil came from Paul Lee's car, which posted a slow pass just prior to Bazemore's No. 6 qualifying pass of 4.813/320.13.