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Tobler Replaces Richards As Capps’ Crew Chief

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, April 4 2012

Ron Capps has a new crew chief. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

Rahn Tobler has been named crew chief for the Funny Car of Ron Capps, team owner Don Schumacher announced today.

Don Schumacher Racing also has hired veteran tuner Todd Smith as the new crew chief for the Valvoline NextGen Funny Car driven by Jack Beckman in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Smith’s first race with the team will be the April 13-15 Four-Wide NHRA Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s zMAX Dragway at Concord, N.C.

Tobler also will be the lead tuner for Beckman’s team for at least the next two Full Throttle events as Smith transitions to his new position.

The job with Capps’ NAPA Auto Parts team opened up when Tim Richards and the team unexpectedly parted ways last weekend. Capps failed to qualify for eliminations at the SummitRacing.com Nationals in Las Vegas on Saturday.

“Rahn will help Todd get adjusted to the Valvoline NextGen team and become acclimated to our DSR operation,” Schumacher said. “Rahn will make the final decisions for at least the next two races.

“We have a strong enough organization that we can assist Todd, but it wouldn’t take him long to become familiar with DSR and the Valvoline team; he has plenty of background in our sport.”

Smith, a native of Oklahoma City living in Cooper City, Fla., has worked as a crew chief for Kalitta Motorsports, Darrell Gwynn Racing, Don Prudhomme Racing and most recently for Kenny Bernstein Racing’s Brandon Bernstein from early in the 2010 season through 2011. While at Don Prudhomme Racing, Smith was co-crew chief for current DSR Top Fuel ace Spencer Massey. Smith is the son of two-time NHRA Comp Eliminator world champion Charlie Smith.

John Collins will assist Tobler on the NAPA AUTO PARTS team and Terry Snyder will assist Smith on Beckman’s car.

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, April 4 2012
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