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Ron Capps Finishes Third in Electrifying Four-Wide Nationals Funny Car Final in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (April 14, 2024) – In one of the closest Funny Car races in four-wide drag racing history, three-time world champion Ron Capps finished third in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals final round Sunday afternoon at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Driving the NAPA Auto Care Toyota GR Supra, Capps laid down a

Pre-Race Report: Las Vegas 1

Las Vegas 1 Event Highlights: Two-time Las Vegas 1 event champion (2009, 2022) Two-time event runner-up (2006, 2007) 2022 No. 1 qualifier Note: The Las Vegas 1 four-wide format was first introduced in 2018 The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Overall Highlights: Six-time winner Four-time runner-up Three-time No. 1 qualifier 2023 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Recap:

Ron Capps Experiences Trial and Error of New Chassis at NHRA Arizona Nationals

CHANDLER, Ariz. (April 7, 2024) – As he celebrated 30 years as a professional drag racer, Funny Car superstar Ron Capps was looking forward to a long race day on Sunday at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird Motorsports Park. The three-time world champion entered eliminations in the No. 11 position on the ladder but

Pre-Race NHRA Arizona Nationals

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RON CAPPS Driver of the NAPA Auto Care Toyota GR Supra NHRA Arizona Nationals Event Highlights: Three-time event winner (2003, 2009, 2013) Five-time runner-up (1998, 2000, 2005, 2017, 2023) Three-time No. 1 qualifier (2000, 2009, 2016) 2023 NHRA Arizona Nationals Recap: Qualified sixth; Event runner-up (defeated Alex Laughlin in E1, Blake Alexander in E2, Alexis

Ron Capps Celebrates 30 Years Behind the Wheel During NHRA Arizona Nationals

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 28, 2024) – It’s hard to believe there was a time when Ron Capps, one of the most tenured drivers in the sport of NHRA Drag Racing, was considered a rookie but at next weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals, the three-time Funny Car world champion is sure to be flooded with memories as

Semifinal Finish for Ron Capps at NHRA Winternationals

POMONA, Calif. (March 24, 2024) – Ron Capps was looking to make it four straight NHRA Winternationals final round appearances on Sunday at In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip, but a puff of smoke in the semifinals halted the three-time Funny Car world champion’s shot at capping off his weekend in the winner’s circle at a facility

Ron Capps Motorsports Pre-Race Report: Pomona 1

In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals

Driver of the NAPA Auto Care Toyota GR Supra NHRA Winternationals Event Highlights: Four-time event winner (1998, 2009, 2016, 2021) Six-time runner-up (2006, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2022, 2023) Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2021, 2022) In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip Overall Highlights: Four-time winner Eight-time runner-up Seven-time No. 1 qualifier 2023 NHRA Winternationals Recap: Qualified eighth; Event runner-up

Ron Capps Loses Bizarre Second-Round Matchup at NHRA Gatornationals

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 10, 2024) – Three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion Ron Capps didn’t predict that a double-step and a red light in the second round would mark the end of his weekend Sunday afternoon at the season-opening NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. When opponent J.R. Todd double-stepped while waiting for the tree to

Ron Capps Motorsports Pre-Race Report: Gainesville

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NHRA Gatornationals Event 1 of 21 Gainesville Raceway Gainesville, Fla. March 8 – 10, 2024 RON CAPPS Driver of the NAPA Auto Care Toyota GR Supra NHRA Gatornationals Event Highlights: Four-time event winner (2006, 2007, 2015, 2020) Two-time runner-up (2000, 2016) Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2021, 2023) 2023 NHRA Gatornationals Recap: Qualified No. 1; Quarterfinal

Ron Capps Relishes Chance to Race for Don Schumacher Nitro Superstar Award at SCAG PRO Superstar Shootout

BRADENTON, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2024) — After four rounds of qualifying at the PRO Superstar Shootout at Bradenton Motorsports Park, three-time NHRA Funny Car champion Ron Capps had the unique opportunity to participate in the Top Fuel vs. Funny Car Shootout on Saturday. On the line was the Don Schumacher Nitro Superstar Award, which honors the late NHRA team owner and Funny Car pioneer whom Capps spent 17 years driving for during his standout career. It was a meaningful moment for Capps, who took on Top Fuel driver Billy Torrence in the opening round of the shootout. Capps posted a .071 reaction time in his NAPA AutoCare Toyota GR Supra to gain the early advantage, but the car lost traction and finished with a run of 4.706-seconds at 182.60 mph. It spelled the end for Capps’ chance to win the special award, but he enjoyed every minute of the Funny Car vs. Top Fuel matchup and an opportunity to honor the iconic team owner. “One of the things we were focused on at this race was a chance at the Don Schumacher Award,” Capps said. “We brought out a brand-new car from the ground up and we started testing on Tuesday. We could have brought last year’s car out, but we need to be ready for the season coming up. We stuck with the new car and it’s going to pay off. “Unfortunately, we didn’t win the big money, but to be the first pair of the (Top Fuel) dragster versus Funny Car and have a shot at the Don Schumacher trophy, was pretty neat. There was a lot of excitement to see the fan’s faces with a dragster and Funny Car sitting there.” The run against Torrence closed out a fruitful week of pre-season testing for Capps and his team as they prepared for the upcoming 2024 season in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series. Led by crew chief Dean Antonelli, they put down several test laps in a new NAPA AutoCare GR Supra, making solid progress throughout the week. After an opening 4.396 in qualifying on Thursday, Capps improved on the first two runs on Friday, going 4.090 to open the day and then a weekend-best pass of 3.945 at 324.44 MPH. That helped secure the veteran’s spot in the Top Fuel vs. Funny Car Shootout, as Capps, a 76-time event winner, left Bradenton with plenty of positive thoughts and momentum. “What an event. Sometimes you forget how passionate drag racing fans are,” Capps said. “We all need a pre-season test session like we do every year and for PRO to get together to have this event, it was emotional to have that many people show up. Obviously, everybody was gunning for the $250,000, so we would have loved to have taken the big money. (But) it was a great event and we’ll focus now on getting ready for Gainesville.” The 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season opens March 8-10 with the 55th annual NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

BRADENTON, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2024) — After four rounds of qualifying at the PRO Superstar Shootout at Bradenton Motorsports Park, three-time NHRA Funny Car champion Ron Capps had the unique opportunity to participate in the Top Fuel vs. Funny Car Shootout on Saturday. On the line was the Don Schumacher Nitro Superstar Award, which honors