Capps shoulders blame for crossing Norwalk center line in second-round disqualification loss in northern Ohio


Ron Capps is quick to accept if his crew or crew chief makes a minor miscalculation.

He always says "we win as a team, we lose as a team."

So crew chief Rahn Tobler and the NAPA Batteries/Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Dodge Charger R/T crew were quick to accept a rare driver mistake by the veteran Capps.

It was unfortunate it happened in the second round of Sunday's championship eliminations in the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in northern Ohio.

Capps, who qualified fourth, posted the quickest time of the first round when his Dodge went 4.102 seconds at the round's top speed of 308.00 mph to defeat Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman.

Against Bob Tasca III, Capps was in the right lane and held a big lead by halftrack when his car began drifting toward the centerline and eventually crossed it to be disqualified.

"It was just driver error. I couldn't catch it in time," Capps said.

"When our NAPA Dodge got to halftrack it made a little move to the left. When you get the left tires just enough out of the groove it just drives you," said Capps, who was able to hold onto second place in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series standings.

"It just made a hard move. I was out of the throttle with the wheel cranked full to the right just hoping I could save it.

"I didn't even hear Tasca. We were truckin' pretty good out in front of him.

"What's hard to swallow is we had good hot rod and were the quickest car in the first round."

For only the second time in 12 NHRA events, a DSR Funny Car did not advance to the semifinals round.

NORWALK RESULTS
FUNNY CAR
Event winner: Mike Neff

Ron Capps, NAPA Batteries/Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 4

SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: CAPPS (4.102 sec., 308.00 mph) def. Jack Beckman (4.158, 298.21)
Second round: Bob Tasca III (4.350, 279.04) def. CAPPS (4.338, 233.48), disqualified for crossing the centerline.

QUALIFYING RUNS
FRIDAY
Session 1: 4.250 sec., 286.25 mph
Session 2: 4.133, 307.02
SATURDAY
Session 3: 5.067, 154.46
Session 4: 4.276, 286.32

NEXT EVENT
July 20-25, Mopar Mile High Nationals, Denver

Race Facts

  1. Robert Hight
  2. RON CAPPS
  3. Mike Neff
  4. JACK BECKMAN
  5. JOHNNY GRAY