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2014 NHRA: Ron Capps NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Qualifying Report: No.9
Posted by: newsla on Feb 23, 2014 - 02:35 PM
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Ron Capps is hosting his annual party near Phoenix this weekend with 3,000 of his NAPA AUTO PARTS friends and a couple all-stars joining him for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

 

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A year ago, Ron and his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T team led by crew chief Rahn Tobler provided the perfect celebratory atmosphere on Sunday when they won the Funny Car title for the third time at the track.

And that's their plans for this Sunday with another huge contingent of NAPA fans along with former baseball flamethrower Randy Johnson, who was in Ron's pits Saturday, and former Phoenix Suns NBA all-star Dan Majerle, who is expected to be his guest Sunday.

"Dan came out here last year and of course Randy Johnson has been here all weekend and he's hooked," Ron said. "If you go to Randy's website (rj51photos.com) you can see some great photos of our NAPA car that he took. It's great when you have those kinds of people come out and then they tell everybody how great the sport of drag racing is. And that you have to be here to see it and feel it live."

Ron, who owns 41 NHRA event titles, produced a time of 4.079 in Saturday's opening session to qualify ninth for Sunday's championship eliminations, which begin at 11 a.m. (MST).

"We're returning champions and we just have to try and defend our crown tomorrow. I have confidence wherever we go. When you race for a guy like Rahn Tobler, with our team and you have Don Schumacher and our sponsors, there's no reason why you can't win wherever you go.

"There aren't a lot of drivers who can say that. It surely gives me a lot more confidence and it makes me work harder."

FUNNY CAR
No. 1 Qualifier: John Force (John Force Racing), 3.990 sec., 317.79 (both track records)

RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 9
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: CAPPS vs. Bob Tasca III
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.188 sec., 251.95 mph, (Session 1); 4.089, 306.33; (Session 2); SATURDAY: 4.079, 312.78, (Session 3); 5.025, 150.43 (Session 4).

BY THE NUMBERS
Last event (Feb. 7-9, Pomona, Calif.): Qualified No. 5; lost in quarterfinals to Bob Tasca III.
A year ago at Phoenix: Qualified No. 5; defeated Matt Hagan in championship round.
Career at Phoenix: Wins 3 (2013, 2009, 2003); Runner-ups 3 (2005, 2000, 1998); Poles 2 (2009, 2000)

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