Capps Excited About Return To Reading After Last Month's Rainout MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 5, 2004) - Ron Capps has yet to earn a victory at Maple Grove Raceway, but the 14-time NHRA winner is eager to return to the familiar, speedy confines of the...
Capps Excited About Return To Reading After Last Month's Rainout
MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 5, 2004) - Ron Capps has yet to earn a victory at Maple Grove Raceway, but the 14-time NHRA winner is eager to return to the familiar, speedy confines of the Eastern Pennsylvania drag strip where he has posted two runner-up finishes in eight career events at the Reading race. Capps will have that opportunity when the NHRA returns to complete the rain-delayed Lucas Oil Nationals, Oct. 8-10.
"We've been through this many times especially with the Reading race," Capps said. "Coming from Chicago where we had record runs all weekend long and conditions very similar to those at Reading, the race track will be trickier this weekend. The Maple Grove track gives the drivers a handful because the groove is narrower than most tracks. Also, the track temperature will be cold, which makes it hard to get a good clutch setup on the race car, so it also will be tricky for the crew chiefs. As a driver or tuner, you better be on your game this weekend."
After posting encouraging incremental numbers on his final qualifying attempt at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. last Saturday, the green Skoal RacingSM crew is raring to get a shot at helping the veteran driver record a career-best elapsed time and speed at the always fast Maple Grove quarter mile.
"We were on a very good run on our last qualifying pass in Chicago last weekend before a parts failure," Capps said. "The car is running better than it has all year. So, I'm excited about going back to Reading and seeing what kind of numbers we can turn."
Earlier this year, Capps powered his Chevy flopper to a career-best speed (324.75 mph) during qualifying at the Las Vegas event. The cool, autumn temperatures in the northeast will provide the perfect setting for Capps and the Skoal Racing guys to better that number and try to reach the elusive 330-mph mark. After that, the guys have their sights set on another visit to the money round at Maple Grove Raceway and a trip to the NHRA winner's circle.
"We're trying to win races for our sponsors," Capps said. "We're testing a lot of things because you want to gear up for next season while trying to win each race. Wins are hard to come by, but they can lift a lot of spirits even if you're not competing for a title."