Ron Capps has achieved just about every major accomplishment in NHRA drag racing except finishing the season at the Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif. on top of the Funny Car points standings and winning an NHRA championship.


      Capps, a 14-time NHRA winner, has won in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories; only 13 drivers have accomplished that feat. He drives one of the two Skoal Racing Funny Cars for arguably the biggest name in the sport, Don Prudhomme. Capps was named ¿Road to the Future¿ award winner in 1997. He also has won the Budweiser Shootout at Indianapolis, which garners a $100,000 bonus, three times while driving for Prudhomme. And, he has raced to top 10 finishes in the Funny Car standings in each of his seven seasons while driving for Don Prudhomme Racing.


      ¿When you hear a list of all your accomplishments, you start thinking of all the big names in drag racing that I¿ve followed for years like Don Prudhomme and Ed McCulloch,¿ Capps said. ¿So, when you hear your name at the end of that list, you kind of lose sight because you¿re focused on winning races and a championship. To win multiple Showdowns at Indy and to win in both categories, it¿s hard to picture myself with many of the greats of the sport of drag racing.¿


      Capps, who enters the fourth event of the 2004 NHRA season in the No. 14 spot in the Funny Car points standings, looks to right his season and add to that list of achievements when the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series makes its first of two stops at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 1-4, just north of the famed Las Vegas Strip.


      ¿The results don¿t show it, but we¿ve made strides,¿ Capps said. ¿We¿ve had some unfortunate things happen during eliminations. We¿ve just hit a string where we are running into bad luck. Like in the first round at Pomona (Calif.), we run 4.80 and lose. That would have won just about every other match up.


      ¿I can tell you, it¿s not for lack of effort. The guys are working hard to make this Skoal Racing Monte Carlo win rounds. It¿s got to turn around. John Stewart and the guys have worked hard and the car is on the edge of breaking out and winning races. It¿s just a matter of time. Things just have to start falling our way.¿


      Both of the Don Prudhomme-owned Skoal Racing Funny Cars has experienced success at the Las Vegas track as both Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. have been the last man standing at The Strip. With a consistent tune-up and a bit of luck, there¿s a very good chance Capps¿ Skoal Racing Chevy will be one car opponents won¿t want to match up against on Sunday, April 4.


      ¿I¿ve won there and have posted some good results at The Strip,¿ Capps said. ¿Tommy also has won at Vegas a few years back. It¿s close to home, which makes it exciting as well. I think we¿ll go some rounds this weekend.¿