Thursday, July 09, 2009


Ron Capps, four-time winner this season in NHRA's Full Throttle Funny Car series, was the Newsmaker guest on Wednesday night's The Race Reporters radio show on Jim Pedley, Jeff Burk and Alan Reinhart joined me in questioning the NAPA Dodge Charger driver.

Here's some of what Capps said:

"I would love to go back to 1,320 (feet). Some tracks, we just can't . . . Some drivers just aren't on the chutes right away and that makes it worse. The safety at the top ends of some of the tracks (isn't) that good . . . We go to some tracks that just don't seem to be that good at holding these cars. If we had to go back to a quarter-mile at some tracks, you're already gritting your teeth and trying to duck behind the motor as it is; it's a good thing we're only going to 1,000 foot. I hate to come out and say stuff like that, but it's the fact . . . The way I see it, it's up to all the guys at NHRA, but we may have to go 1,000 foot at some tracks that just don't have the shutdown area, and maybe go to 1,320 at the ones that do."

Listen to the entire show by using this link:

The Race Reporters podcast is now available on iTunes:

Upcoming guests:

July 15 -- Newsmaker: Scott Atherton. Panelists: Larry Edsall, Greg Creamer, Jonathan Ingram.

July 22 -- Newsmaker: Ray Evernham. Panelists: Ed Hinton, Bob Pockrass.

July 29 -- Newsmaker: Dario Franchitti. Panelists: Robin Miller, Gordon Kirby.

[ more next Tuesday . . . ]