Martin Truex Jr. spends the day as NAPA AUTO PARTS Honorary Crew Member


Martin Truex Jr. was amazed Sunday by the power of teammate Ron Capps’ NAPA AUTO PARTS 8,000-horsepower Funny Car.

Truex’s No. 56 NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief Chad Johnston and members of their NAPA AUTO PARTS crew were amazed at how quickly Capps’ team could virtually rebuild the engine within 45 minutes and have it ready for another 315-mph run.

"It's really pretty insane what these guys are doing in those cars," said Truex, who was introduced to drag racing last month when he made a couple passes down a dragstrip at about 180 mph with Capps’ DSR teammate Antron Brown.

"Just to think these guys are going almost twice as fast is just unbelievable. That felt crazy, the acceleration. I thought we were riding a wheelie the whole way down the track. So I definitely need to do a little bit more of this stuff. I'd like to go at least over 200."

It was a day of drag racing for Truex and his teammates and one they promise not to forget.

Instead of spending a leisurely day at home or on Lake Norman, Truex and his team flew back to their base near Charlotte, N.C., and arrived home by around 3 a.m. so they could get to Charlotte Motor Speedway’s zMAX Dragway at Concord to spend a day at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event where they were guests of Don Schumacher Racing in the NAPA AUTO PARTS hospitality pavilion.

Truex and his NAPA AUTO PARTS Cup team won the pole with an average speed of 190.369 mph on the 1.5-mile oval at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Truex could only shake his head in near disbelief when told Capps reaches 190 mph within a couple hundred feet of the starting line.

While Truex finished an impressive sixth in Saturday night’s race, Capps advanced to the championship four-car round at the world’s only four-lane dragstrip. Capps finished third.

Truex also served as the NAPA AUTO PARTS Honorary Crew Member, an honor he had bestowed upon Capps when the NASCAR series raced March 25 at Fontana, Calif.

Truex was able to sit in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Funny Car and shadowed Capps for most of the afternoon before riding with the DSR team to pick up Capps after the first round. They also were interviewed on ESPN2 and Truex met with media in the zMAX Media Center.

“It meant so much to me and our team that Martin and his guys would fly here right after their race to be with us and experience what it’s like in our arena,” said Capps, who qualified No. 2 and nearly won for the 34th time in his career.

“They treated me great when I was with them at Fontana, and I hope we were able to return that NAPA hospitality to them on Sunday.

“I think we might have some new NHRA drag racing fans.”

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