Ron Capps Motorsports Pre-Race Report: Norwalk

Virginia NHRA Nationals

NHRA Norwalk Nationals Event Highlights:

  • 2016 event champion
  • Three-time runner-up (2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Three-time No. 1 qualifier (2019, 2021, 2022)

2023 NHRA Norwalk Nationals Event Recap:
Qualified second; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Alex Laughlin in E1; defeated by J.R. Todd in E2)

Last Event (Richmond):
Qualified 11th; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Alexis DeJoria in E1; defeated by Austin Prock in E2)

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

Noteworthy:

  • Has enjoyed a strong qualifying showing at the four most recent Norwalk events:
    • earned the pole position in 2019, 2021, 2022, and secured the No. 2 qualifying spot in 2023 (Note: the NHRA Mission Foods Series did not compete at Norwalk in 2020) 
  • Became the first Funny Car pilot to drive a Toyota GR Supra to the No. 1 qualifier position when he captured the pole at the 2022 event

Fan Events:

  • Saturday, noon – 12:30 p.m., Team Toyota autograph session at the Toyota Racing Experience midway display

Quotable:
“We’re rolling into Norwalk once again, and we’re lucky that we get to see this track twice. We come back here in August for Night Under Fire, which is a premier event. The NHRA race here in June is one for sure where we’ve seen hot conditions in the past with the track temperature reaching over 150 degrees, some of the hottest we’ve ever seen. But after leaving the Richmond race last weekend, it’s actually looking like this weekend will be cooler than usual and the Norwalk track is an unbelievably great surface. This is a great facility, and we’re looking forward to having a big group of our NAPA AutoCare and NAPA Auto Parts VIP guests on top of having a great race car coming off of a really consistent weekend in Richmond.”