CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals
Capps turns a string of 4.7-second runs into 10th qualifying spot
Pomona, Saturday: Last year's Funny Car championship runner-up Ron Capps turned four nearly mirror-image laps of 4.788/319.60, 4.787/314.75, 4.776/318.92 and 4.778/318.92 into a No. 10 qualifying spot for the season-opening CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway today.
Despite these stout runs, the driver of the Brut Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car was disappointed, but also stoic.
"We really wanted to concentrate on qualifying better this season and we felt like that would be good enough to put us up in the top half," he said. "Tenth is not where we want to be. A lot of teams would be happy with 10th, but we're not. But, I always feel good on Sunday morning, so I could be 16th, for what it's worth.
"Everybody here always feel like we have a shot at winning. We're not satisfied with 10th over here. The bummer part is we're not in the top half, so it doesn't give us lane choice tomorrow. If something happens with the Top Fuel dragsters going first, like an oildown, it's crucial to have lane choice.
"But then, look at last year here at the Finals. We fought down to the last race for the championship and didn't have lane choice here first round. And, with all the pressure, we still won in the other lane.
"Like I said, Sunday morning is a whole new day. If you make it to Sunday and you've got the Brut crew guys I've got, and (crew chief) Ed McCulloch, we can win it from anywhere. We have the confidence. It's just that we wanted to move up in the Skoal Showdown points a little bit more. We'll just work on it.
"You have to put it all behind you and I'm having a hard time doing that. It's like playing golf and having a bad hole, and I'm trying to forget about it."
Capps faces Tim Wilkerson in first round of eliminations on Sunday, in the fastest Funny Car field in NHRA history. All three DSR Funny Cars are on one side of the ladder, all three John Force Racing cars are on the other side.
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