Capps is fine in that department, winning with Ed McCulloch in 2006 and posting the 3.964 run with current crew chief Rahn Tobler. After a slow start to the season, Tobler and Capps have steadily climbed the points standings with one consistent performance after another.
Since losing in the first round in Phoenix, Capps has posted semifinal appearances in five of the past six races, including last weekend at Topeka. The next step is completing a weekend with Capps’ first victory of the season, but he remains confident in the process.
“It’s funny because even before our string of semifinal finishes Rahn Tobler had been playing around a little with the tune-up,” Capps said. “A great part of having him as our crew chief and our crew being together for several years is that we don’t veer too far away from having a really good car. We can try to be the best in qualifying but we usually have a good car for Sunday when he can make great decisions.”
The demanding stretch of three consecutive race weekends ends in Englishtown, but after a week off four straight race weekends are up next. As rigorous as that can be on a driver and team, Capps has the luxury of an experienced team and strong backing from NAPA and Don Schumacher Racing.
Of course, he also has to deal with a loaded Funny Car field that includes points leader Robert Hight and reigning world champion John Force. Other top standouts include Topeka winner Courtney Force, DSR teammates Jack Beckman and Hagan, and past Englishtown winners Cruz Pedregon, Tony Pedregon, Del Worsham, Ron Capps, Tommy Johnson Jr., Bob Tasca III and Tim Wilkerson. Still, Capps eyes the road ahead as a great chance to make a major move.
“I love it because it’s a chance for a team like mine to make a run in the points,” Capps said. “I don’t think many teams can keep their heads above water like ours can. It’s our time to keep our noses down and make a move in the standings. We have a week off after Englishtown and then it’s four in a row and we can move up to second or third. It can be a great time for our team. The car isn’t going to go out there and blow up or catch fire very often, and it’s not going to have major issues. For the most part, Tobler gives you a consistent car that isn’t going to get itself in trouble.”