CAPPS IS RUNNER-UP IN SEATTLE KENT, Wash. (July 11, 2010) - Ron Capps reached his second final round of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series today at the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals and, despite the disappointment of losing to...
CAPPS IS RUNNER-UP IN SEATTLE
KENT, Wash. (July 11, 2010) - Ron Capps reached his second final round of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series today at the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals and, despite the disappointment of losing to Tim Wilkerson, was pumped up about the progress of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger Funny Car team. With this result, he moved into seventh in the class point standings.
The two were dead even at 60 feet, after Capps launched first by one thousandth of a second, until Wilkerson edged out Capps by approximately six feet with a winning 4.221-second pass at 292.39 mph to Capps' 4.246/289.51.
On his way to his 63rd career final round, Capps defeated Paul Lee with a 4.098/303.57, setting low elapsed-time for the weekend, Ashley Force Hood with a 4.177/294.75, and his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman with a 4.245/289.94. He posted the quickest ET in every round, except for the final.
"The NAPA Dodge ran low ET pretty much every run today," said Capps. "And I really felt like we earned it. To be honest with you, I felt like my gut was ripped out when my win light didn't come on.
"We knew Tim would run just as good, he wasn't going to back down, and when I hit the gas the final round something in the car was vibrating. We'll talk with (crew chief John) Medlen and Ace (former crew chief Ed McCulloch) and track down what it was. But I really felt like we were going to run an .18 or .19. Whatever happened definitely slowed us down.
"When we sit back for a minute, we're going to start looking on the bright side of what went on this weekend. We moved up in the points a little bit and It's a crucial time right now. I feel so good about the confidence I'm gaining in the car, thanks to John Medlen and all the NAPA guys. It's neat to see the unselfishness of John and Ace and all the NAPA guys. They have really done well this weekend to work together. And it's a lot of fun racing with John right now, it really is. Now I know why Eric Medlen had the smile on his face all the time."
Next up is the 23rd annual FRAM-Autolite Nationals in Sonoma, Calif., July 16-18.