Pre-Race Report: Bristol

Ron Capps

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Event Highlights:

  • Seven-time event champion (2001, 2006, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2022, 2023)
  • 2015 event runner-up
  • 2016 No. 1 qualifier

2023 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Event Recap:
Qualified second; Event champion (defeated Dave Richards in E1, John Force in E2, Chad Green in E3, Alexis DeJoria in E4)

Last Event (Epping):
Qualified 12th; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Matt Hagan in E1; defeated by Daniel Wilkerson in E2)

Career Statistics:
636 races; 76 wins, 37 No. 1 qualifiers


  • Returns to Thunder Valley as the twice-defending Funny Car event champ
  • With seven Bristol Dragway triumphs, Capps is the winningest Mission Foods Series competitor in the facility’s history
  • Became the first Toyota Funny Car driver to race to victory while piloting a Toyota GR Supra when he clinched the 2022 Bristol win
  • Has won four out of the last six Bristol events
    • Note: the NHRA Mission Foods Series did not compete in Bristol in 2020
  • Seeking his third consecutive Bristol Dragway triumph
  • Owns the Bristol Dragway Funny Car E.T. record, achieved during the 2016 race when he clocked a 3.884-second pass

Fan Events:

  • Saturday, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m., Team Toyota autograph session at the Toyota Racing Experience midway
  • Saturday, post-Q4, Bristol Dragway Fanfest in Nitro Alley

“There are certain tracks where every season, we just seem to do well at, and Bristol is one of those tracks for our NAPA AutoCare team. Since the inception of the dragstrip and being moved and what they’ve done, going there every year is something we always look forward to. It’s definitely one of the highlights of our tour. We get a lot of our NASCAR friends that come out to this track, a lot of great fans in the area, and we have the big fanfest on Saturday night. Right now, I’m especially happy to see Bristol come up on our schedule. We need a race win pretty good right now, and the weather looks like it’s going to be fast. The track did a lot of work to take out some of the bumps that were there in the past, so I’m looking forward to this being a good weekend for our NAPA team.”