KENT, Wash. (July 19, 2004) - Ron Capps has done just about everything one could hope to accomplish at one track, having driven to multiple race victories and a No. 1 qualifying spot at Pacific Raceways. However, Capps has done something that no...
KENT, Wash. (July 19, 2004) - Ron Capps has done just about everything one could hope to accomplish at one track, having driven to multiple race victories and a No. 1 qualifying spot at Pacific Raceways. However, Capps has done something that no other driver has achieved at the Seattle facility - won in both Top Fuel and Funny Car.
The Skoal RacingSM pilot drove his Roger Primm-owned dragster to his first career victory at Pacific Raceways in 1995 and three years later, used a Roland Leong tune-up to best longtime rival John Force in the Funny Car final to collect "Wally" trophies in two different categories at the same event.
"To be able to win there in a Top Fuel car and in a Funny Car is a pretty big deal," Capps said. "I've always seemed to have success at Seattle. That's a pretty big deal to be able to win anything in two different categories, especially at one track. To win in one category is tough enough as difficult as our sport is, but winning in both categories at one track really stands out."
The 14-time NHRA winner aims to make another visit back to the Pacific Raceways winner's circle when the NHRA POWERade Series makes its annual visit to the Northwest, July 23-25, for the 17th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals near Seattle.
"It's exciting because it's a market that doesn't have a lot of racing," Capps said. "The fans love drag racing and I think the changes they're making to the facility are really going to give the fans what they want to see and that's good, close racing. We want to race up there. So, as long as Seattle is on the NHRA schedule, it's exciting for me."
Capps scored his first career victory in an unspectacular fashion after final eliminations were delayed until Tuesday because of soggy weather. However, the rain couldn't dampen the spirits of Capps and crew after winning their first event, even if it was near the middle of the week.
"In one of my early races as a pro driver, I was runner-up to Cory Mac (McClenathan) in Atlanta," Capps said. "To be runner-up there was a real big deal for our crew. Then to come back later that year at Seattle and win is definitely something I'll never forget. It was big for us because we weren't a yet a perennial contender."
Capps, one of the most popular drivers in the Funny Car ranks, has been a perennial contender since joining Don Prudhomme Racing in 1997 and if history is any indication of things to come, then the duo of Capps and Leong will be there at the end on race day at Seattle.