CAPPS GUNNING FOR TOP SPOT IN READING READING, Pa. (Sept. 13, 2005) - Ron Capps is not letting his fall to third place get him down in one of the tightest battles for the POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship in NHRA's history. He's...
CAPPS GUNNING FOR TOP SPOT IN READING
READING, Pa. (Sept. 13, 2005) - Ron Capps is not letting his fall to third place get him down in one of the tightest battles for the POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship in NHRA's history. He's as pumped up as ever to get closer to his first Funny Car crown this weekend at the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Capps is still reeling a bit from his first-round ouster at the prestigious U.S. Nationals on Labor Day, where he fell to his teammate Whit Bazemore and dropped from second to third in the rankings, but he's no worse for wear as the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car team debuts a new car this weekend.
With top contenders Robert Hight and John Force exiting in the first round as well, Capps is only 36 points out of the lead. "We're back to where we were before Indy, basically, with five of us in a pretty tight battle, and now it's just one less race to the end of the season. It's just tightened everything up even more," he says.
"We had the door open up a little bit and we couldn't finish the job. Hopefully the end of the season doesn't come down to where we have to look back and say this is where we could have won the championship."
The battle is close. Just 55 points separate the top five in Funny Car points (Gary Scelzi, Robert Hight, Ron Capps, John Force and Eric Medlen) with five races left in the season. "From here on out we're going to be racing at some tough tracks," adds Capps. "Tracks that are fast, with good weather conditions, and the possibility of gaining an extra 20 points by setting the national ET record. It could be the deciding factor.
"You're going to see a lot of cars going for it in the last few races. And Maple Grove Raceway has always been a place where national records have been set.
"For the Brut Dodge team, we're bringing out a brand-new car which we ran up until Bristol this year that we had taken to (chassis builder) Murf McKinney and had it front-halfed, so it's basically a new car.
"I feel like it's a good time right now to load every bullet we can in our gun and kind of see what happens."
Capps has two runner-up finishes in Reading, in 1999 and 2000.