MOHNTON, Pa. (Sept. 14, 2004) - The sport of drag racing is constantly undergoing technological advancements. Whether for safety or performance reasons, there is a constant evolution to improve the quality and condition of these four-second,...
MOHNTON, Pa. (Sept. 14, 2004) - The sport of drag racing is constantly undergoing technological advancements. Whether for safety or performance reasons, there is a constant evolution to improve the quality and condition of these four-second, 300-mph race cars.
After the U.S. Nationals, Ron Capps' green Skoal RacingSM crew went to chassis builder Murf McKinney's shop in nearby Otterbein, Ind., to pick up a brand new chassis that Capps will pilot for the remainder of the 2004 NHRA campaign and beyond.
The green Skoal Racing guys hope the new chassis will lead to improved performance when Capps debuts the new piece at the Lucas Oil Nationals, Sept. 16-19, at Maple Grove Raceway, a track where Capps is a two-time finalist.
"We've gone through some ups and downs this season," Capps said. "The new Murf McKinney chassis has a lot of safety updates and things that we think will make the car more consistent, which will allow us to put more power to the car earlier in the run. Reading (Pa.) is one of the fastest tracks on the tour. This time of year, you're going to need to run low 4.70s and the new chassis should help us improve the performance of the car."
Maple Grove Raceway follows drag racing's biggest event, the U.S. Nationals. While that may cause it to be a bit overshadowed, the track's history for posting some of the quickest and fastest runs on the circuit, along with being the final NHRA event in the Northeast, make the Reading event one of the more intriguing on the 23-race circuit.
"I've always said that as a driver you pull your shoulder straps a little tighter because there's a chance you can run the quickest E.T. of your life at Reading," Capps said. "Reading also is known for having a very narrow groove. It's hard to keep the car in the groove, so it's a tough track for the drivers, but for crew chiefs, it's one of their favorite places at which to tune at."
Capps and crew chief Roland Leong hope the new chassis delivers them the performance they need to make it to the Maple Grove Raceway winner's circle on Sept. 19.