Capps earns No. 10
Chicago, Friday: After not even starting the first qualifying session today at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals because of a broken wheelie bar, Ron Capps drove the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charge R/T into No. 10 in the second session under windy conditions at Route 66 Raceway.
He posted a 4.844-second elapsed time at 316.82 mph and is glad to be in the top 12.
"Every weekend you need some kind of break and we got one in the first round because the NAPA guys caught something that really could have hurt us," explained Capps. "They found a wheelie bar had broken when we got ready to stage the car. Had they not found it the NAPA Dodge probably would have done a big wheelstand, come down and broken something and hit the wall, and that would have been the end of this new car we have.
"They had to shut us off and that meant we didn't get the run, but they sure saved me from getting hurt and saved the car a lot of damage.
"So, in the second session we were in the front of the pack and we felt like the 4.84 we ran was going to be OK. Obviously, the guys in the back who were able to watch the runs were able to run a little better. That put us 10th, and the good news is we're in the top 12 of this new qualifying format and it's going to be warm the next couple of days. So, we can concentrate on race-day setups and just try to get down the track tomorrow."
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