NHRA Topeka Pre-Race Report

DENSO NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor Event Highlights:

  • Four-time event champion (1998, 2006, 2009, 2017)
  • Two-time runner-up (2000, 2012)

2022 Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor Event Recap:
Qualified ninth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Tim Wilkerson in E1; defeated by John Force in E2)

Last Event (Sonoma):
Qualified third; Semifinal finish (defeated Tim Gibbons in E1, Robert Hight in E2; defeated by Chad Green in E3)

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

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


  • Capps will be looking to score two trophies this week. Before the NHRA race weekend gets underway, Capps will make his SRX debut at Eldora Speedway Thursday night. Capps is the first NHRA drag racer to compete in the SRX series.
  • A 74-time NHRA national event champion, Capps is seeking his milestone 75th Wally trophy in Topeka
  • Begins the weekend ranked second in the Funny Car point standings and is within one round win of reclaiming the points lead
  • By advancing beyond the quarterfinals in Sonoma, Capps secured a spot in the Topeka #2Fast2Tasty Challenge presented by Mission Foods

Fan Events:

  • Saturday, Aug. 12, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m., #2Fast2Tasty driver autograph session at Mission Foods midway display

“Any time you go to a race track for the last time it’s never great but I’m fortunate enough to have had a lot of history at Heartland Park Topeka over the years, especially early in my career when I used to go there as a crew member. Some fans may not remember, we actually used to go to Heartland Park Topeka twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Obviously, the history tells the tale. Records were set there pretty much every year we went. It’s a fantastic race track in the heart of the country with a lot of race fans that come from all over the place, and I’m sure we’ll see that again this weekend.

“We surely don’t want to think about how this will be the last time that we’re there. I always brag about the city of Topeka and how inviting and how well they’ve treated us throughout the years; hotels, restaurants, whatever it might be, and especially all of our fans. With all of that being said, that Wally that’ll have Heartland Park Topeka on it is going to be very coveted. To be able to win the last race there would be big. The NAPA Supra has been great so far this season and I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t have a shot at it, so we’re definitely going to be trying to get that last trophy.”