Topeka: Ron Capps final summary

CAPPS TAKES BRUT DODGE TO SEMIS IN TOPEKA TOPEKA, Kan. (May 29, 2005) - Without the benefit of lane choice all day, Ron Capps ripped through the Funny Car field to reach the semifinal round today at the hot and humid O'Reilly NHRA Summer...

CAPPS TAKES BRUT DODGE TO SEMIS IN TOPEKA

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 29, 2005) - Without the benefit of lane choice all day, Ron Capps ripped through the Funny Car field to reach the semifinal round today at the hot and humid O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

No. 11 qualifier Capps drove the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car straight into a semifinal round match-up against John Force after first defeating his teammate Whit Bazemore in the opening round with a 4.867/315.93 to Bazemore's tire-smoking 8.047/111.09, then disposing of Tim Wilkerson with a 4.850/316.60 to Wilkerson's 4.938/310.20.

This was Capps' and Force's fourth meeting of the season, including a semifinal match-up last weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Capps and crew chiefs Ed "Ace" McCulloch and Dan Olson knew they had a tough challenge in front of them, as Capps won only one of those contests, the first round in Las Vegas.

Capps had the edge at the starting light, with a .073 reaction time versus Force's .106, but the Brut Dodge quickly lost traction, slowing to an 11.927/85.85 pass, while Force thundered on to a 4.839/319.22 victory.

"The lanes were pretty even all day," said Capps. "We didn't have lane choice first couple of rounds, and to have run as well as we did was just a tribute to how hard the guys worked, and Ace and Olson making the right calls.

"We expected to go up there and have two lanes that were going to give both cars a good shot. Then we saw Tommy Johnson Jr. smoke the tires right in front of us right at the hit. I thought, Uh-oh.

"We made the calls we made to go up there and when Ace got up there and looked at the lane it wasn't good. So we just let the clutch out and hoped for the best. But, the Brut Dodge smoked the tires early, and Force ran a 4.83 next to us.

"All in all, considering how the weekend has kind of gone, we rose to the occasion on race day, no doubt about it. We went three rounds. And when you're having those bad weekends and things aren't exactly responding to what you want, going three rounds is good because when you're having a great weekend and everything is going good, you're going to go rounds.

"I think the Brut guys did a great job. We'll get a one-week break now, then there's three more in a row. We'll keep working at it, the POWERade points are going to come, and that's all you can do."

Capps holds on to sixth place in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car points, just 73 out of second place.

Next up is the CARQUEST NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill., on June 10-12, 2005.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , John Force , Tim Wilkerson , Tommy Johnson Jr.