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					               ON THE RUN with Ron Capps

                                                          Testing complete, the NAPA Team gears up for Pomona
                                                          be better than the previous year. There were several      driver wants or doesn’t want. “Ace” is arguably
                                                          years when I really, truly believed we were going to      one of the better drag racers of all time, in both
                                                          win a championship, and that’s part of the allure of      Top Fuel and Funny Car.
                                                          our sport: You just don’t know what’s going to                I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the race that is
                                                          happen. There were times that we didn’t feel like we      going to kick it all off in 2010 is the 50th
                                                          had the best car, we were struggling on the weekends,     Anniversary Kragen O’Reilly NHRA

        o start off the 2010 NHRA season,                 and we ended up in the winner’s circle. You just never    Winternationals. To go down that list of past
        we had a great test session in                    know what the outcome will be. When you stand             winners and see my name on there twice still makes
        Florida in January. We showed up                  back and look at NHRA Drag Racing, you realize as         me want to pinch myself. It’s amazing.
                                                          a driver that you lose a lot more than you win.               I’m looking forward to a great season. The fans
with a big box of stuff to test that “Ace”                Learning how to make yourself better is always a big      stuck behind our sport last year with the economy
(crew chief Ed McCulloch) wanted to try.                  key for the most successful teams.                        being down, and, time and time again on Friday
Having only seven Funny Cars at the test                      We had a great off-season because we finished         afternoon, I’d be doing the first burnout, and I’d be
                                                          2009 so strong, but it’s bittersweet because we           backing up and looking up at the grandstands and
session was beneficial to all the teams                   didn’t win the championship. We won five races —          seeing them packed. It sure makes you proud to
because we were able to warm up the car                   more than any other Funny Car driver — and we did         have the fans we have.
and tow it right up to the staging lanes. I               wonderful things off the track for NAPA and made              When I finish writing this, I’ll be on my way
was already buckled in the car, and we                    lots of appearances and really got to know a lot          to shoot the NAPA commercials for 2010. NAPA
                                                          more people at the thousands of NAPA stores               has retained a new agency, and I’ve viewed a lot
fired it up and went down the track. There                around the country. It’s those kinds of things you        of the commercials they shot in the past for
was no long wait.                                         get ready for in the off-season. You end a season on      different companies. I’ve talked about how funny
    Being there for five days, running four to five       a good note and get ready for the following year.         the new scripts are every year. This year, they’re
times a day, and accomplishing what we did, made                                                                    going to be a little different with just me in the

us very happy. The NAPA Dodge, with its new paint              Learning how to make                                 first one that we’re shooting. Every year, we look
design, featuring yellow on the nose, was really                                                                    forward to what NAPA has done with their
consistent. On a couple of runs the incremental     
Description: Having only seven Funny Cars at the test session was beneficial to all the teams because we were able to warm up the car and tow it right up to the staging lanes. Because of NAPA's support, the interaction we have with other motorsports and the other drivers in different forms of racing is awesome.
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