Ron Capps, a four-time titlist this season and points leader since the first event, slipped to third in the standings following his first-round exit in the last race in Englishtown and is just 26 markers behind leader Tony Pedregon and six points back of second-place Ashley Force Hood.
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Norwalk, OH-Ron Capps, crew chief Ed “Ace” McCulloch, and the entire NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Funny Car team took advantage of a three-event back-to-back swing and holding the points lead in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series to do some at-event testing. And now, following 10 days of revamping and regrouping before this weekend’s NHRA Nationals at
Capps, a four-time titlist this season and points leader since the first event, slipped to third in the standings following his first-round exit in the last race in Englishtown and is just 26 markers behind leader Tony Pedregon and six points back of second-place Ashley Force Hood.
“Of course, it’s been nice to have led the points,” said Capps, who is still seeking his first Funny Car championship. “We’ve kind of been floating out there in first, and here and there it got a little bit close. But then, on a couple of occasions, at the next race we were able to extend the lead.
“It allowed us to do some testing and try some things. To be honest with you, now that we’re in third, it kind of lights a little bit of a fire under us because we now have a reason to get back to our race mode and try to get the points lead back.”
As for the new chassis, “The way these Funny Car chassis are built you get to a certain number of runs and they need to be replaced,” Capps explained. “And we were at that point prior to the
“The NAPA Dodge has been reacting a little bit differently as well, and we were past that number of runs and we thought it was time to go to a new chassis. We’ve run this car since the beginning of the year, so we decided with the break after Englishtown and before
“Right now the
“The Baders do all they can to make the fans more comfortable, from the ‘dollar a pound’ ice cream to the facility itself, the nice restrooms, the cool pit area. It just makes you want to come back there. And when conditions warrant, it’s a very good track, and even if it’s hot there it holds up very well.
“We would sure like to get a win there. We ran well there in qualifying last year [No. 2], felt we had a car that could win, but ended up losing in the semifinals. I’m pumped up about going back.”