NHRA Finals Pre-Race Report

Countdown to the Championship Ranking: 2nd

NHRA Finals Event Highlights:

  • 2008 runner-up
    • Capps is a four-time winner at the Spring event (1998, 2009, 2016, 2021)
  • Four-time No. 1 qualifier (1999, 2012, 2015, 2018)

2021 NHRA Finals Recap:
Qualified second; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Terry Haddock in E1; defeated by Matt Hagan in E2)

2022 NHRA Winternationals Recap:
Qualified No. 1; Event runner-up (defeated John Force in E1, J.R. Todd in E2, Cruz Pedregon in E3; defeated by Robert Hight in E4)

Last Event (Las Vegas 2):
Qualified sixth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Jim Campbell in E1; defeated by Bob Tasca in E2)

Career Statistics:
607 races; 73 wins; 34 No. 1 qualifiers

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


  • Two-time and defending NHRA Funny Car world champion Ron Capps enters the weekend ranked second in the standings and with a 61-point deficit separating him from No. 1 ranked Robert Hight. No. 3 ranked Matt Hagan trails Capps by two points
  • Capps is pursuing a third series championship, and the first for Ron Capps Motorsports in its rookie season
    • If Capps and the NAPA team can stave off Hagan, and outperform Hight during qualifying to lower the point difference to less than 60, Capps’ road to a second consecutive championship will require him to go two rounds further than Hight on race day
  • A five-time winner in 2022, Capps has two triumphs and one runner-up finish in the Countdown
  • Capps kicked off his first season as an NHRA team owner by powering to a runner-up finish (def. by Hight) from the pole position at the 2022 season-opener in Pomona, Calif. earlier this year
  • Capps’ championship-winning co-crew chief John Medlen will enjoy his final weekend competing on the NHRA circuit as he has announced his retirement following the end of the season
  • As a lifelong Californian and resident of Carlsbad near San Diego, Capps considers Auto Club Raceway at Pomona to be a home track

Fan Events:

  • On Friday, Capps will join his Toyota Gazoo Racing teammates for an autograph session at the Toyota Midway display from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

“This is what every team has worked for all season long – to have a chance at winning the world championship come Sunday at the NHRA Finals in Pomona. It’s something you dream about it, but it’s something we’ve fought for all season. I’ve bragged about Guido (Dean Antonelli), (John) Medlen, and our entire NAPA AutoCare team and how they’ve not only thrown down great runs in great conditions, but have also won very tough races in tricky adverse conditions. Luckily, this weekend in Pomona, at one of the most historic tracks we visit, the weather is looking like it’ll be prime for one of those ‘throw-down weekends’ and I couldn’t ask for a better-prepared Toyota GR Supra from a better team. I can’t wait until Friday when we start qualifying, and I’ll get to step on the gas pedal and see what the track will hold. We’re battling two great teams for the championship with two great drivers and crew chiefs, and there’s no better seat in the house than mine, Hagan’s, and Hight’s. Our NAPA Toyota Supra team is looking forward to the challenge. We’re trying to steal the race win on Sunday. If we can accomplish that, we’ll be holding the big trophy at the end of the day and will go back-to-back for an NHRA world championship.”