SEATTLE HAS BEEN GOOD TO FUNNY CAR POINTS LEADER CAPPS KENT, Wash. (July 18, 2007) - NHRA Funny Car points leader Ron Capps is eager to return to the Pacific Northwest for this weekend's Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals, the fifth event of...
SEATTLE HAS BEEN GOOD TO FUNNY CAR POINTS LEADER CAPPS
KENT, Wash. (July 18, 2007) - NHRA Funny Car points leader Ron Capps is eager to return to the Pacific Northwest for this weekend's Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals, the fifth event of the six-race back-to-back swing that began in Englishtown, N.J., June 22.
Since then, the driver of the Brut "Test Drive" Dodge Charger R/T for Don Schumacher Racing has solidified his hold on first place, and is 154 markers ahead of Robert Hight. His goal now is to settle in to maintain a spot in the top eight to be eligible for the Countdown to the Championship playoff, which begins after the next four races, at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend.
With a Top Fuel win at Pacific Raceways in 1995, his NHRA pro racing rookie year, a 1998 victory in the Funny Car class (defeating John Force), plus a Funny Car runner-up finish in 2001 and last year, Capps is looking forward to his visit here.
"Seattle has always been very good to me," he said. "To get a win here in Top Fuel in my rookie year and to beat guys like (Kenny) Bernstein and Cory Mac (McClenathan), was unbelievable.
"This place has always been a great place to go to. I have been lucky enough to win in Funny Car here in 1998 and I've been close to winning a couple of times since then, including in the final round last year when I was runner-up to my teammate at the time Whit Bazemore."
His other runner-up finish in 2001 was also to Bazemore.
"The characteristics of the track make it challenging, with the bumps it's had in the past," Capps added. "These have been addressed several times, so it's a lot better. Also, the news that they're going to redo the whole place and that they've already started, is a plus.
"The Seattle race is unique, because it's one of the few places we race at where NASCAR does not, so we're very proud of that. And, for some reason, I always have great mojo at this event.
"We're back at sea level and good weather conditions, and that helps the drivers and the crew chiefs after we've been up on the mile-high mountain in Denver (runner-up last Sunday).
"Every time we show up in Seattle we know the power of these nitro engines is probably as high as it's going to get at any circuit we go to. The weather conditions and the atmospheric conditions make that happen. It's just a matter of whether or not the track can hold it."
Capps has the most Funny Car victories of any other driver this season, three. In fact, Don Schumacher Racing has won the most Funny Car events this season, six of 13: three for Ron Capps, two for Gary Scelzi and one for Jack Beckman.