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2014 NHRA: Capps, Napa Dodge Start 10th At Topeka Searching For First Win Of 2014
Posted by: newsla on May 25, 2014 - 07:24 AM
2014 NHRA: Capps, Napa Dodge Start 10th At Topeka Searching For First Win Of 2014

Ron Capps is ready to steer his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T into the winner's circle for the first time this year, and he believes it could happen Sunday in the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.


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It would be a good place to start because he knows how to get there.

Ron has won three times at the track (1998, 2006 and 2009) in five championship rounds, most recently in 2012 with crew chief Rahn Tobler. A year ago, they advanced to the semifinals.

"I've done well at this track with Tobler," he said. "With all the rain this weekend and it's supposed to be warmer tomorrow the track is likely to change and no one is better at adjusting to that than Tobler."

Although the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T posted its best run on its first run Saturday with a time of 4.095 seconds at 314.75, the team was unable to maintain traction in the last session and dropped to 10th on the starting grid, which will give lane choice to his first-round opponent Del Worsham.

"We'll be ready tomorrow and I don't believe there is much difference between the two lanes," Ron said. "Our NAPA Dodge will be ready."

Ron hasn't advanced to a championship round in this year's first seven events but has raced in four semifinals rounds in the past five events, and that consistency has enabled the NAPA team to rank fourth in the championship standings. Capps trails third-place driver Alexis DeJoria by 47 points.

The following are Capps' qualifying results and other event notes for the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

No. 1 Qualifier: Courtney Force (John Force Racing) 4.009 sec., 322.96 mph (both track records)

Qualified: No. 10
FIRST ROUND: CAPPS vs. Del Worsham (No. 7)
FRIDAY: 4.118 sec., 308.57 mph, (Session 1); (Session 2, rained out)
SATURDAY: 4.095, 314.75, (Session 3); 5.278, 139.30, (Session 4)

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