Pre-Race NHRA Winternationals

Ron Capps

“To say this is the most excited I’ve ever felt heading into the Winternationals would be an understatement. Obviously, 1997, making my debut as a rookie driving for Don ‘the Snake’ Prudhomme was pretty exciting and overwhelming, but coming into this season as a team owner and driver, and defending our championship, and then you add in everything that’s been going on in this very short off-season, plus having the backing of NAPA AUTO PARTS and GearWrench, it just gives me a lot of satisfaction.

“Pre-season testing went great. We had tremendous success with what we wanted to try. Guido (Dean Antonelli), (John) Medlen, and our entire NAPA AutoCare team had a plan. We went to Phoenix, made the runs we wanted to make, and now we’re set for Ron Capps Motorsports to make its first official NHRA appearance and begin our Camping World Series championship defense. It’s going to be a lot of fun this year. I’m very excited to get the season started in Pomona where we won the 2021 championship just a few months ago.”

Pomona 1 (Winternationals) Event Highlights:

  • Four-time event winner (1998, 2009, 2016, 2021)
  • 2021 No. 1 qualifier
  • Four-time runner-up (2006, 2010, 2013, 2015)

Auto Club Raceway at Pomona Highlights:

  • Four-time event winner
  • Five-time No. 1 qualifier
  • Five-time runner-up

2021 Pomona 1 Recap:
Qualified No. 1; Event champion (defeated Bobby Bode in E1, Bob Tasca in E2, John Force in E3, J.R. Todd in E4)

Career Statistics:
586 races; 68 event wins (one Top Fuel); 29 No. 1 qualifiers


  • At the season-opening NHRA Winternationals, Capps will embark on his team ownership journey while beginning his 2021 NHRA Camping World Series title defense
    • Announced the formation of Ron Capps Motorsports, an independent Funny Car team, at the PRI show in December
    • Was crowned the 2021 Funny Car champion at the November season finale in Pomona
  • Won the rescheduled 2021 NHRA Winternationals (contested in July) from the pole position
  • In 2022, Capps is seeking his third Camping World Series Funny Car title and first as a team owner
  • As a lifelong Californian and resident of Carlsbad near San Diego, Capps considers Auto Club Raceway at Pomona to be a home track

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