CAPPS GOES FOR SECOND E'TOWN VICTORY


Driving the NAPA Batteries Dodge Charger again at this weekend's 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J., Ron Capps is looking for his second victory at this historic event, the second race of a string of four in a row in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

"We're in the middle of a multi-race swing on the East Coast before we get a break and go to the West Coast," said Capps, who won in Englishtown in 2006 and currently is sixth in the point standings. "We saw conditions in Chicago last weekend with the weather coming in that threw curve balls to the crew chiefs, so we're eager to see what the Englishtown race will bring.

"I've talked many times about how historic this race is at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. As a kid growing up in California I always wanted to race there, and to finally win it was something that I had only dreamed about.

"They do such a great job getting the track prepped and ready. I think, if the conditions warrant it, we'll see great elapsed times. We always have a Friday night session there and it's the closest we get to getting fans from the New York City area. It's a race we definitely all look forward to, and it's still one of the biggest races on the tour.

"In Chicago last weekend, we slipped a little bit. We're still doing some experimenting and it's a learning curve right now. It was great to see my teammate Matt Hagan win. We work real close together with that team and they did a great job."

Capps was also runner-up in 2003 and 2005 in Englishtown.

RON CAPPS QUICK FACTS:

  • No. 6 in 2010 Funny Car points, after nine events (one runner-up, two quarterfinal, four semifinal, three first rounds)
  • Has one win in Englishtown, in 2006; two runner-ups in 2003 and 2005
  • Qualified No. 10 at 2009 E'town event; lost first round to Tim Wilkerson
  • Ended 2009 season No. 3 in the point standings
  • Won class-best five events in 2009 - Pomona 1, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Topeka, Denver - in seven final rounds
  • Entered 2009 Countdown to 1 No. 2 in 2009 Funny Car "regular season" after leading standings in 12 of the first 14 events
  • Currently holds the national record racing to 1000 feet of 4.023 seconds (Phoenix 2009)
  • Qualified No. 1 three times in 2009 (Phoenix, St. Louis, Denver); none in 2010 so far
  • Has nine career No. 1 qualifiers
  • No. 8 in 2008 Funny Car points; two runner-up, five semifinal, four quarterfinal finishes, 13 first-rounds
  • Is tied with Tony Pedregon with longest qualifying streak among active Funny Car drivers: 73
  • No. 4 in 2007 Funny Car point standings
  • Led 2007 Funny Car point standings by as much as 154 points through 14 of the first 17 races of the season
  • NAPA AUTO PARTS is primary sponsor for third straight season
  • Joined Don Schumacher Racing in 2005
  • Has three U.S. Smokeless Showdown titles: 1998, 1999 and 2002
  • Third in 2006 final point standings
  • Had three wins, four runner-up finishes in 2005 (St. Louis was his first win for DSR in '05)
  • 2005 Funny Car championship runner-up, eight points short of title
  • A perennial fan favorite, Capps has driven and won in both Top Fuel and unny Cars since he began his pro NHRA career in 1995
  • His best season points finishes were seconds in Funny Car in 1998, 2000 and 2005
  • He has 30 event wins in 62 final rounds to his credit (29 national event wins in Funny Car, one in Top Fuel)
  • His career-best elapsed time (established during an event) is 4.694 seconds, set in 2005 in Dallas (racing to 1320 feet)
  • His career-best speed is 331.61 mph (Pomona 1, '07) - racing to 1320 feet
  • Capps' career round win-loss record is 385-283
  • Capps' career-best speed racing to 1000 feet is 313.80 mph (Concord 2010)
  • (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FOUR-WIDE RACE IN CONCORD) Capps' career record against 14-time champion John Force is 22-42 in round wins. He's won 14 of the last 20 meetings against Force, and has won five of the last seven first-round match-ups over Force. His final-round record against Force is 3-1
  • Age 44 (June 20, 1965); born and raised in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  • Lives in Carlsbad, Calif., with wife Shelley and daughter Taylor (7/25/96) and son Caden (7/1/01)
  • Has tested for IROC Series and competed in Skip Barber Formula Ford, Dirt Late Models, Mini-Sprints and Go-Karts