NHRA Sonoma Nationals Pre-Race Report

Driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

NHRA Sonoma Nationals Event Highlights:

  • Four-time event champion (1997, 2010, 2011, 2013)
  • Four-time runner-up (2002, 2005, 2016, 2018)
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (1998, 2021)

2022 NHRA Sonoma Nationals Event Recap:
Qualified second; First round exit (defeated by John Force in E1)

Last Event (Seattle):
Qualified No. 3; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Jeff Diehl in E1; defeated by Tim Wilkerson in E2)

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

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


  • As a native of central California’s San Luis Obispo, Capps considers Sonoma Raceway to be a home track
  • A 74-time national event champion, Capps is seeking his milestone 75th career victory in Sonoma
  • Begins the weekend ranked second in the Funny Car point standings and is within one round win of reclaiming the points lead

Fan Events:

  • Wednesday, July 26, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Russian River Brewing Co. NHRA Night (700 Mitchell Lane, Windsor, Calif.) – driver autograph session featuring Ron Capps, Antron Brown, and Justin Ashley; All three cars will be on display
  • Saturday, July 29, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., Team Toyota autograph session at Toyota midway display

“It’s been a fun couple of weeks but this is one of my favorite races of the year and I’m really looking forward to it. I consider Sonoma to be one of my home tracks, having grown up in San Luis Obispo and going there a lot as a kid. This event always gives us what I feel is one of the best Friday night qualifying sessions of the year. When that sun starts to go down, the Sonoma fans are gifted with a fantastic qualifying session from top to bottom. And then, just having my friends, my family, mom and dad, people I hung out with growing up, they all come out. Everyone camps out and I get to enjoy some good home-cooking up on the hill. This will be the first time Shelley and I will have our American Coach out there, and I’m just looking forward to a great weekend all around.”