ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. — Ron Capps knows how to win at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, having done so in 2006. Capps also knows how to go fast there, as his incredible 3.964 second elapsed time from 2012 still stands as the quickest run in Funny Car history.
Next on Capps’ to-do list is repeating at least one of those accomplishments at Englishtown in his 10,000-horsepower NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger and he will get that chance at this weekend’s 45th annual Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
With that three-second run still fresh in his mind two years later, Capps is thrilled to return to Englishtown.
“It was fitting that it happened at such an historic racetrack and I’ve got a lot of other great memories there,” Capps said. “To win there you have to have a great crew chief and a great team. Obviously the driver has to be on his game to leave on time and keep the car in the middle of the track. That place can go from the most extreme record-setting conditions like we saw on that 3.96 to hot and humid and tricky.”
As magical as Capps’ run, which didn’t become the E.T. national record because it wasn’t backed up that weekend, was in 2012, the longtime standout is also confident something even more impressive will take place this weekend.
“That 3.96 is going to get broken this year and it could be us on Friday night if the conditions are right and we’re at the back of the pack on the second qualifying session,” Capps said. “(But) it’s a track that’s very, very unforgiving for a crew chief that doesn’t have his act together.”