NHRA Norwalk Nationals Pre-Race Report

Driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

NHRA Norwalk Nationals Event Highlights:

  • 2016 event champion
  • Three-time runner-up (2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Three-time No. 1 qualifier (2019, 2021, 2022)

2022 NHRA Norwalk Nationals Event Recap:
Qualified No. 1; Semifinal finish (defeated Dale Creasy Jr. in E1, Cruz Pedregon in E2; defeated by Bob Tasca in E3)

Last Event (Bristol):
Qualified second; Event champion (defeated Dave Richards in E1, John Force in E2, Chad Green in E3, Alexis DeJoria in E4)

2023 Statistics:
Eight races; one win, three runner-up finishes, one No. 1 qualifier

Career Statistics:
616 races; 74 wins; 37 No. 1 qualifiers


  • Powered to his first win of the season at the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., the most recent event on tour
  • Moved into the Funny Car points lead for the first time this year following his Bristol triumph
  • Will participate in the Norwalk #2Fast2Tasty Challenge presented by Mission Foods on Saturday
  • Has earned the Funny Car pole position at the last three consecutive Norwalk outings (2019, 2021, 2022), and is seeking his fourth Norwalk No. 1 qualifier
    • Note: the NHRA did not compete in Norwalk in 2020
  • Became the first Funny Car pilot to drive the Toyota GR Supra Funny Car to the No. 1 qualifier position when he captured the pole at the 2022 event

Fan Events:

  • Saturday, 11 – 11:30 a.m., #2Fast2Tasty autograph session at the Mission Foods midway display

“This is the part of the season where things heat up – both on the race track, and literally. Norwalk is one of the great venues on our circuit. You can’t say enough about the Bader family and what they do. It’s evident as soon as you walk in the gate and you see how many fans they have.

“Every year when we come here, this is where we really start to see a little bit warmer temperatures, hotter track conditions; it’s very demanding for crew chiefs and drivers to come together and figure out a way to get down a hot race track. This race certainly gears you up for the summer run of events.

“While it was great to get the win in Bristol and move into the points lead, we want to make sure we keep that momentum going, and ‘Guido’ (crew chief Dean Antonelli) and our NAPA Auto Parts team has done a great job of that. Toyota has given us great support, and we’ll definitely be relying on their help again this weekend to get down this tricky race track in the heat.”