With only four of the 10 “Countdowners” making it out of the first stanza, the standings, which had reset for the playoffs, tightened up by the end of the day. And now just 78 points separate the top eight heading into this weekend’s NHRA Fall Nationals.
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“We weren’t the only ones who were upset on Sunday,” said Capps, driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Funny Car who is the 1998
“So, we don’t feel like there’s anything to worry about. Lately, Ace has been working tirelessly on this new tune-up and you wouldn’t believe the strides we’ve made with it in the last few races. And I believe that having the chance to improve our performance, especially when it counts during the playoffs in the next few races, is going to pay dividends.
“Going into Dallas I would love to say, ‘Mark my words, we’re going to be one of the teams battling for the championship in Pomona,’ because I feel pretty confident we’re going to qualify well and make a great run at the points there.
“If you look at it from the fans’ perspective,” added Capps, who is currently fourth in the rankings and seeking his first Funny Car championship, “they have a great spectacle to watch in the next few races, because now you have the top eight drivers all within a few rounds of each other. So, anything can happen.
“We ran our quickest quarter-mile pass in