CAPPS HOT IN TOPEKA HEAT, QUALIFIES NO. 4 TOPEKA, Kan. (May 27, 2006) - Under the intense heat of the Kansas sun today at Heartland Park Topeka, Ron Capps, crew chief Ed "Ace" McCulloch and the Brut Dodge Charger Funny Car team (with additional...
CAPPS HOT IN TOPEKA HEAT, QUALIFIES NO. 4
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 27, 2006) - Under the intense heat of the Kansas sun today at Heartland Park Topeka, Ron Capps, crew chief Ed "Ace" McCulloch and the Brut Dodge Charger Funny Car team (with additional support from Torco Race Fuels) demonstrated that they were ready for the hotter conditions of the summer months.
With ambient temperatures in the 90s and track temperatures in the 130-plus-degree range, Funny Car points leader Capps posted the second quickest pass of the final qualifying session for the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals, a 4.996-second elapsed time at 298.27 mph. That lap, plus his three previous ones of 4.965/301.94, 4.883/300.60 (good for No. 4 position) and 5.057/291.57 showed he deserved to be solidly planted in the top half of the field.
"It was a great run," he said of the final pass. "I don't know if we have a handle on it, but we have gone down the track all four runs. You look at the Full Throttle award NHRA gives out, which pays for consistency during qualifying, and we may have won that, I don't know. But the point is that we are going down the track no matter what, especially now.
"I have talked time and time again about the heat and what we're going to see during the summer. So, to end the qualifying session going down the track in the hottest part of the day like we did, under five seconds, was phenomenal.
"I'm happy. I'm still trying to get used to this Brut Charger when they drop the body, but it's such a neat car to drive. I'm having a blast."
Capps faces No. 13 qualifier Cruz Pedregon in first round of eliminations on Sunday.