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2014 NHRA: Ron Capps NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Friday Qualifying Report: Provisional No. 1
Posted by: newsla on Apr 12, 2014 - 06:16 AM
2014 NHRA: Ron Capps NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Friday Qualifying Report: Provisional No. 1

Ron Capps unleashed a monster run Friday afternoon in his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T to take the provisional pole in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte Motor Speedway.


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Capps led Don Schumacher Racing with a run of 4.059 seconds at 314.24 mph which was 0.015 seconds better than the next quickest Funny Car heading to Saturday's last two qualifying sessions.

Capps is on the cusp of his first No. 1 qualifying position since the 12th event of 2012 when he was on the pole at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.

"I felt like jumping up and down when I got out of the car like we had just won a race," said Capps, whose last event title was12 races ago in last August at Brainerd, Minn.

Capps was smiling about 30 minutes after the run and mainly because he didn't believe crew chief Rahn Tobler planned on such a quick run after their car lost traction in the day's first session in the far-left lane (No. 1) of the world's only four-lane dragstrip.

"I wish I could have seen Tobler's face when the (time) came up on the scoreboard because I know he didn't mean for it to run that good.

"Traditionally those right lanes (3 and 4) have less rubber and that affects traction, and the crew chiefs know that. That being said, we didn't make it down the track on our first run in the far-left lane and that usually has the most rubber.

"We went up for the last run and Tobler told me and everyone else that he was backing it down because he didn't think the traction would be that good (in lane No. 4). I can tell you I yelled out inside my car 'You're a liar Rahn Tobler' after 300 feet of that run because it planted me so hard in the trunk. I couldn't believe it didn't pull the tires loose or smoke the tires. It felt like a low 4.0 or 3.90. Then it stayed stuck and stayed stuck. I kept waiting for it to come loose."

Although Capps has not won or finished second in the Four-Wide event, he won the traditional two-lane fall event near Charlotte in 2012 with Tobler. Tobler, however, won the Four-Wide in 2011 with DSR's Jack Beckman and was runner-up at the track in the fall during the 2011 and 2010 seasons.

The fifth annual Four-Wide at zMAX features heats of four drivers in two pair of lanes separated by a center dividing wall. Four drivers contend in each of four qualifying sessions to race in Sunday's 16-car elimination bracket again in four-car heats with the first two crossing the finish line advancing to the next round.

Provisional No. 1 Qualifier: Ron Capps (Don Schumacher Racing) 4.59, 314.24 mph

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 1
FRIDAY: 6.100 sec., 110.07 mph, (Session 1); 4.059, 314.24 (Session 2)

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