BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 17, 2012) – Most people only sing when they're inebriated.
That usually applies to Ron Capps too. When he sang the "NAPA Know How" song Sunday at Bristol Dragway he was drunk alright, but not on alcohol.
The veteran Funny Car driver for Don Schumacher Racing was "drunk" with joy and/or disbelief after advancing to an unheard of sixth straight NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series championship round and leaving with his second event title of the year.
"There was a lot of pressure coming in because of the media and fans kept asking â€˜Are you going to get in a sixth final?'
"It's an unbelievable run."
Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, tuned by crew chief Rahn Tobler and assistant John Collins, eliminated rookie Courtney Force, two-time Funny Car world champion Tony Pedregon and Capps' DSR teammate Johnny Gray to reach the final round of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
The match-up with Gray was a replay of the championship round two weeks ago at Englishtown, N.J., in which Gray was victorious.
To win the 35th title of his career and third at Bristol, Capps, who will be 47 on Wednesday, beat rookie Alexis DeJoria, who was making her first final-round appearance.
The title ties him with legendary Don Garlits on the all-time wins list.
Capps continues to drink in all the knowledge he can from Tobler and the meshing of personalities clearly has been successful.
"Every race that we've gone to, it's just getting stronger and stronger; the bond that I have with Rahn Tobler and this team," Capps said.