With the start of the 2011 NHRA season this coming weekend in Pomona, California for the 51st running of the NHRA Winternationals and the 60th anniversary of the NHRA, Don Schumacher Racing’s Nitro Funny Car driver Ron Capps and his crew made a trip to K1 Speed in Ontario, California for a little grudge racing before they have to go to work. The historical Pomona Fairgrounds has always brought Ron and his crew success over his years of competing giving him national event wins both with Don “the Snake” Prudhomme and with Don Schumacher Racing.
Quoted in a recent interview, “Pomona is such a special place,” Capps said. “If you want to win a race, I know Indy’s our biggest race, but for me growing up in California, it’s kind of where the season starts and ends, so it’s a family race for me. But more than anything else, I got to win a double-up there for ‘Snake,’ with Larry Dixon and me winning there I think in ’98. That was huge.”
Ron has a karting back ground as he has participated in Snap-on All-Stars Karting Classic, during the PRI show in Florida in previous years. His driving abilities shined brightly as he and his crew ran in their own private Grand Prix-style event and he was extremely quick in qualifying, giving him the pole position for the start of the main. Unfortunately 3 laps into the main event he left a hole open just big enough for a friend to sneak to his inside and Ron dropped back a few positions. Still, within a couple of laps, Ron had worked his way back up into second place and it was a bumper to bumper drag race to the finish.
K1 would like to wish Ron and his crew good luck this weekend in Pomona and for the rest of the NHRA season.
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