Charlotte II Pre-Race Report

Driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra Funny Car
Countdown to the Championship Ranking: 3rd

Charlotte II Event Highlights:
Two-time event champion (2012, 2018)

2021 Charlotte II Recap:
Qualified fifth; Semifinal finish (defeated Jim Campbell in E1, Matt Hagan in E2; defeated by Tim Wilkerson in E3)

Last Event (Reading):
Qualified second; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Phil Burkhart Jr. in E1; defeated by Tim Wilkerson in E2)

Career Statistics:
603 races; 71 wins; 34 No. 1 qualifiers

2022 Statistics:
17 races; three wins; two runner-up finishes; five No. 1 qualifiers


Capps is 84 points out of first, and will be looking to narrow the deficit as he pursues his second consecutive Funny Car title, third overall, and first for Ron Capps Motorsports
The second-winningest Funny Car driver of all time has victories from Las Vegas, Bristol, and Indianapolis in 2022

“I think everybody can take a deep breath now that we’ve got one race under our belts with the Countdown. Obviously, a lot of emotions go into racing all season long and having the points reset, and then it all comes down to battling it out for six races.

“We had an unbelievable NAPA AutoCare car in Maple Grove, qualified No. 2 and then ran low E.T. of the weekend in the first round. Of course, second round was disappointing but there’s good news along with the bad news. The good news is, we know why it smoked the tires, and the great news is, we’re going to a fantastic race track like zMAX. We love going there for the Four-Wides, we love racing there in the Countdown, and it just takes a lot of the guesswork out for these crew chiefs when you go up there and know it’s going to be a great race track surface. Same for the drivers; we can focus on trying to do the best we can with keeping the car in the groove. I’m excited, I’m glad we get to go right back at it with these three races in a row, and to be sandwiched here in between Reading and St. Louis, I couldn’t think of a better place to go, and we’ll see if we can’t climb ourselves back into the top spot in the points.”