Ron Capps almost saw his Funny Car season flash before his eyes – from the oddest angle, as he lay on the ground at Maple Grove Raceway, near Reading, Pa., about three weeks ago.
It turns out he has a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He’s wearing a knee brace as he drives the Don Schumacher Racing-owned NAPA Dodge Charger this weekend at the Texas Motorplex and will begin physical therapy near the close of the season. His injury will not require surgery, he said. The incident occurred at the top end of the racetrack, as an opponents’ team member accidentally struck him with a tow vehicle.
“It was the semis after we lost to JR [Todd] in Maple Grove. He and I were shaking hands after the run. They beat us, and all of a sudden I was on the ground,” Capps said. “At the time I didn’t realize it. Their tow vehicle . . . and nobody’s at fault. The kid driving their tow vehicle felt terrible, of course. I thought when it hit me, because they hit me pretty hard and it hit me right at my left knee on the outside. Still had my helmet and stuff on. so that was good, because I went to the ground. I thought it was broken for sure. Anyway, so Maple Grove down there, it’s only two roads in the grass, and of course, it had been raining, so when tow vehicles have to pull out, it was difficult to get around. And on top of that, everybody’s rushing teams from NHRA. Everybody’s just in a hurry. It was nobody’s fault.