Route 66 NHRA Nationals Pre-Race Report

Driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

Route 66 Raceway Event Highlights:

  • Two-time winner
    • 2017 Route 66 Nationals
    • 2005 Fall race (discontinued after 2005)
  • Four-time runner-up (2007, 2016, 2018; 2002 Fall race)
  • 2013 No. 1 qualifier

2019 Route 66 NHRA Nationals Event Recap:
Qualified third; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Bob Bode in E1; defeated by John Force in E2)
Note: NHRA did not compete in Chicago from 2020 – 2022

Last Event (Charlotte 1):
Qualified ninth; Semifinal finish (defeated Tim Wilkerson, Dave Richards in E1, Chad Green, Bob Tasca in E2; defeated by Robert Hight, Alexis DeJoria in E3)

2023 Statistics:
Five races; two runner-up finishes; one No. 1 qualifier

Career Statistics:
613 races; 73 wins; 37 No. 1 qualifiers


  • By powering to a runner-up finish during the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. earlier this season, Capps secured a spot in the Joliet Mission #2Fast2Tasty Funny Car Challenge, scheduled for Saturday

Fan Events:
Saturday, 11:00 – 11:25 a.m., #2Fast2Tasty autograph session – Mission Foods midway
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – noon, Team Toyota autograph session – Toyota midway

“Obviously, a lot of excitement around this race and it starts with the fact that we haven’t been there in a few years. A lot of great memories from that facility. I remember my first run down Route 66 Raceway in a Funny Car, and it seems like just yesterday. We’re really excited to get back out there and I know the fans are as well. The weekend is going to be full of a lot of cool stuff. For us, we have the Toyota Supra Showdown on Saturday and I’m going to be racing against one of the best leavers in Top Fuel in Justin Ashley. Obviously, we want to get another Supra Showdown win for our Funny Car team, and we’ll see if we can’t pull that off on Saturday. On top of that, the #2Fast2Tasty Challenge gives us a chance for some bonus money, and more importantly, points, which we can pocket for the Countdown later in the year. So, thank you again, Mission Foods, for putting that up. We’re very pumped and excited to be involved in it this weekend and hopefully, we’ll start Sunday having already raced to the win on Saturday in the #2Fast2Tasty Challenge. Overall, just looking forward to a great weekend back in the Chicago area.”