Driver of the NAPA Brakes Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 2 (3.886 E.T. at 329.83 MPH)
Ron Capps 4.585 E.T. at 218.16 MPH
Robert Hight 4.566 E.T. at 273.27 MPH
Jonnie Lindberg 9.074 E.T. at 77.52 MPH
Dale Creasy 4.703 E.T. at 174.91 MPH
Ron Capps 5.233 E.T. at 140.44 MPH
Robert Hight 4.610 E.T. at 192.49 MPH
Tommy Johnson Jr. 4.007 E.T. at 314.02 MPH
Cruz Pedregon 4.055 E.T. at 309.20 MPH
After making the best qualifying run of the round during the second and third sessions, No. 2 seed Ron Capps entered race day armed with lane choice and six bonus points.
The defending NHRA Four-Wide Nationals champion faced Robert Hight, Jonnie Lindberg and Dale Creasy in the first quad. Capps was out in front early, leading the quad before succumbing to tire smoke at 700-feet. Capps wasn’t the only driver to encounter issues. All four cars lost traction on the undeniably tricky race track which had crew chiefs scratching their heads all day. Capps pedaled the NAPA Brakes Dodge Charger down the track and across the stripe in 4.585-seconds, earning the round win.
In the second elimination round, Capps was first off of the starting line, but again, there were traction problems, and Capps let off of the throttle early. He crossed the finish line in 5.233-secs, falling to his DSR teammate, Tommy Johnson Jr., and the eventual Four-Wide winner, Cruz Pedregon.
“The car was running great the second round. Obviously, the first round was a battle of attrition, having to pedal it and keep it off the centerline and wall. Our NAPA Brakes team advanced to the second round. It was running right down through there and for some reason the oil sending unit shut off the ignition. We’re going to have to figure out why it did that, but it’s a little heartbreaking to have something just shut the ignition off. It’s there for a reason, because in years past some drivers didn’t know when to shut them off when something was going wrong, and it’s helped that. We have less oildowns now, but it can also cause the same thing we saw today where it just shut (the ignition) off halfway down the run, so we’ll figure it out.
“We had a great car all weekend. It was so much fun to make that Q3 ‘middle of the heat’ run of 3.96 when nobody else was going down the track. I can feel (Rahn) Tobler’s got his mojo back. It’s a great thing going back into Atlanta, obviously. Atlanta is headquarters for NAPA, Coca-Cola and Mello Yello. If we have to get a win for the first time this year, that’s the best place to do it.”
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Points Standing:
352 points, ranked seventh
Leads eighth ranked Cruz Pedregon (274 points)
Trails sixth ranked Tommy Johnson Jr. (376 points)