Thursday, June 4, 2009
Capps skips rained out Prelude race, heads to Chicago
Ron Capps, the leader in the NHRA funny car standings, was supposed to be part of Tony Stewart’s Prelude to a Dream dirt track race at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. But rain washed out the race and Capps headed straight to Route 66 Raceway in Illinois for the NHRA races this weekend.
“It’s unfortunate, but the bright side, and this happened a few years ago when it was rained out, is that the rain-out date is going to be Wednesday night, Sept. 9,” said Capps. “And it happens to be right after the biggest race on our NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule, the U.S. Nationals, which we run on Monday, Labor Day, in Indianapolis. So, I’ll be able to stay in town again and cruise over and run the Prelude. It will be held prior to what they call ‘The World,’ which is one of the biggest Late Model races they have. It’s going to be just as big an event, and we expect the weather will be good at that time.”
Capps is coming off a win at Topeka and leads the funny car standings by 119 points over Del Worsham, a driver from Chino Hills.
Capps has one career win at Route 66 Raceway. That came in 2005. He was the runner up at Route 66 Raceway two years later.
“Chicago is a track which every year, even with conditions that aren't cool, is considered one of the best tracks we go to, surface-wise,” said Capps, a driver for Don Schumacher Racing. “Lanny Miglizzi, our ‘track whisperer,’ as Tony Schumacher once called him, gets so excited when we roll into Chicago, because it’s a place where you can automatically throw a lot more clutch into these cars and that only means good things for a driver. It means hang on and pull your belts tighter.”
Photo: After winning the NHRA funny car portion of the event at Heartland Park Topeka on Sunday, Ron Capps extended his lead in the funny car standings to 119 points.