Pre-Race Report: St. Louis

Driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

Countdown to the Championship Ranking: 3rd

NHRA Midwest Nationals Event Highlights:

  • Four-time event champion (1997, 2005, 2007, 2017)
  • Two-time runner-up (2009, 2022)
  • 2009 No. 1 qualifier

2022 NHRA Midwest Nationals Event Recap:
Qualified third; Event runner-up (defeated Dan Wilkerson in E1, Cruz Pedregon in E2, John Force in E3; defeated by Robert Hight in E4)

Last Event (Charlotte 2):
Qualified fifth; First round exit (defeated by Dave Richards in E1)

2023 Statistics:
17 races; three wins, three runner-up finishes, two No. 1 qualifiers

Career Statistics:
625 races; 76 wins, 38 No. 1 qualifiers


  • With four St. Louis victories, Capps is the winningest Funny Car driver at World Wide Technology Raceway
  • Powered to a runner-up finish in 2022 and looking to extend his St. Louis win count to five triumphs in 2023
  • The second-year team owner and three-time Funny Car world champion is in pursuit of a third consecutive Funny Car title and fourth overall
  • Won his first NHRA Funny Car race in 1997 at World Wide Technology Raceway’s inaugural event while driving for drag racing icon Don “The Snake” Prudhomme

“Things can shuffle pretty quickly in the Countdown when you have back-to-back weekends. We dropped to third in the points after the first two events. Here we are, two races under our belts and we’re heading to a place that I love to see on the schedule. The Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway is always a great race for me personally. It was the first race I won in Funny Car in 1997 driving for Don Prudhomme. I also love that it’s close to Indianapolis because we get a lot of the crew members’ families that come out, which is always great to have. As much as the crew guys travel, it’s great when their families can join us at the track. But, this is where we’ve got to make some ground up. We were being chased and now we’re going to have to do the chasing. St. Louis is definitely a race where I’ve had success in the past. We have the contingent of the McKay NAPA Auto Parts group that comes out and cheers us on every year. It’s always a great crowd. Chris Blair and the whole World Wide Technology staff really do a great job of treating both the fans and the racers so well. So, we’re looking forward to gaining some ground in the NHRA Countdown this weekend.”