Capps Looking Forward to Race at Second 'Home Track,' Infineon Raceway SONOMA, Calif. (July 27, 2004) - Ron Capps might be a Southern California guy and Pomona Raceway is arguably his favorite race track on the NHRA tour, but some six hours...
Capps Looking Forward to Race at Second 'Home Track,' Infineon Raceway
SONOMA, Calif. (July 27, 2004) - Ron Capps might be a Southern California guy and Pomona Raceway is arguably his favorite race track on the NHRA tour, but some six hours north of Pomona sits Infineon Raceway, which checks in a close second and is a race Capps considers his home away from home.
Capps, a 14-time NHRA winner, graduated from Santa Clara University and spent some time in the Bay Area before moving south to pursue his dream of becoming a professional drag racer.
"I lived in the Bay Area for a while and actually met my wife there," Capps said. "So, I still have a lot of friends in the area. Sonoma has always been like a second home for me. It was always a place I loved going to and with the changes they've made to the track, I enjoy racing there even more."
Capps plans to make his 10th career visit to Infineon Raceway a success when the NHRA POWERade Series makes its annual trek to the Bruton Smith-owned track, July 30-Aug. 1, for the 17th annual FRAM-Autolite Nationals. Capps earned his third career victory as a professional driver at the same track 0x2022 the former Sears Point Raceway 0x2022 in 1997.
"I liked Sonoma before they made the changes to the track," Capps said. "I used to go to nearby Fremont Dragstrip. Then Fremont closed and they built the track at Sonoma. It's always been a great area for drag racing. Then a few years back, Bruton Smith came in and changed the track around and built the big grandstand with the suites and made it one of the best tracks on the circuit."
Capps, now in his eighth season with Don Prudhomme Racing, earned his first career win while driving for 'The Snake' near St. Louis in June of 1997. A few months later, he and tuner Roland Leong again visited the winner's circle, this time at Sonoma where Capps was able to savor the moment with friends and family.
"I still have the winner's circle picture from Sonoma in 1997 with my entire family," Capps said. "I remember how hot it was that weekend and how we knocked of all of John Force's guys on the way to the final and ended up winning the race on a grueling day. It was a big win for me. That kind of win really stands out because it was the first race that I won where all of my family was there and I got to experience the winner's circle with all of them."
Capps yet again is partnered with Leong and he'll enjoy the company of his family and friends at the Sonoma race. Perhaps a little blast from the past will help find the green Skoal RacingSM Chevy back in the Sonoma winner's circle in 2004.