The chances of NHRA drag racer Ron Capps racing his NAPA AUTO PARTS Funny Car
head to head against NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip's NAPA-sponsored stock car
are quite nil, but the duo, who share the same sponsor in their respective
series, had their five minutes of fame together at a commercial shoot this week
in Charlotte, N.C.
For two days in a downtown Charlotte studio, in front
of a staff of 81 people on set, Capps and Waltrip sat, stood, posed, quipped and
sparred with each other as they read their lines for a series of NAPA
commercials which will air on network and cable television beginning in
For Capps, this was a whole new experience: having a trailer
with his name on it, a makeup artist checking his "shine," and his own personal
"stalker" making sure he did not stray far from the set, which was created to
resemble a garage area (replete with both race cars) and the inside of a NAPA
AUTO PARTS store.