NHRA Dallas Pre-Race Report

NHRA Midwest Nationals

Driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

Countdown to the Championship Ranking: 4th

Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Event Highlights:

  • Three-time event champion (1998, 2021, 2022)
  • Three-time runner-up (2011, 2016-2017)
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (1997, 2005)

2022 Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Event Recap:
Qualified third; Event champion (defeated Jeff Diehl in E1, John Force in E2, Robert Hight in E3, Matt Hagan in E4)

Last Event (St. Louis):
Qualified seventh; Event runner-up (defeated Tim Wilkerson in E1, Alex Laughlin in E2, Blake Alexander in E3; defeated by Matt Hagan in E4)

2023 Statistics:
18 races; three wins, four runner-up finishes; two No. 1 qualifiers

Career Statistics:
626 races; 76 wins, 38 No. 1 qualifiers


  • Capps enters the Texas NHRA Fall Nationals as the defending event champion after securing back-to-back Dallas victories in 2021 and 2022
    • Seeking his third consecutive Dallas triumph
  • The second-year team owner/driver begins the weekend ranked fourth following a runner-up finish at the most recent event near St. Louis
  • Capps is seeking his third consecutive Funny Car championship and fourth overall
  • A 33-point margin (less than two round wins) separates Capps from Bob Tasca, who currently occupies the top spot in the playoff standings

Fan Events:

  • Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Stampede of Speed Pre-Stage FanFest driver autograph session at Railyard Park in Waxahachie
  • Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – noon, Team Toyota autograph session at Toyota midway display

“I think (the championship) is going to come down to a few teams rolling into Pomona that are going to have a shot at it. Dallas was a gut check for our team last year. We went into the final round and beat Hagan. We had great runs and I really got up on the wheel. As a team, we came together and won the race. It was a huge springboard going into Vegas and Pomona. No matter what, Pomona has the points-and-a-half format so I think everybody is trying to garner as much as you can going into the NHRA Finals because anything can happen. It would be nice to gain some more coming out of Dallas but I really see it just continuing to tighten up because there are so many good cars that can make a run the last three races.”