Topeka Pre-Race Report

Ron Capps

Driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

Topeka Event Highlights:

  • Four-time event champion (1998, 2006, 2009, 2017)
  • Two-time runner-up (2000, 2012)

2021 Topeka Recap:
Qualified ninth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Chad Green in E1; defeated by J.R. Todd in E2)

Last Event (Seattle):
Qualified eighth; First round exit (defeated by Robert Hight in E1)

Career Statistics:
599 races; 70 wins; 33 No. 1 qualifiers

2022 Statistics:
13 races; two wins; one runner-up; four No. 1 qualifiers


  • Capps began his professional drag racing career in 1995 as a Top Fuel wheelman, and at this weekend’s event in Topeka, he will compete in his 600th race as an NHRA driver
  • Capps officially clinched a berth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs during the most recent event in Kent, Wash. near Seattle. The two-time and defending series champion will add his name to the NHRA’s Countdown board on Sunday morning during pre-race ceremonies
  • Through their partnership with A Soldier’s Child and thanks to support from Ron Capps, the Maynard Family Racing team, along with Ron Capps Motorsports, will be hosting a Gold Star Family at Heartland Motorsports Park during the race weekend. The family will be recognized during NHRA’s pre-race ceremonies on Sunday morning

“We’ve got two more races to go before we get to the U.S. Nationals and lock-in our playoff spots. Heartland Motorsports Park has always been one of those tracks where you can produce record-setting runs, and it’s always been a part of NHRA history, especially in Funny Car when you look back at the first Funny Car to go 300-miles-per-hour. Personally, I’ve done well there and have had some big wins there, and I always look forward to the Topeka race.

“You don’t want to go into the U.S. Nationals and have to worry about positioning, and that’s what is so impressive to me about racing with ‘Guido’ (Dean Antonelli) and (John) Medlen, and our NAPA AutoCare guys. We’re third in the points. We’ve been consistent all year, and we know we can go to Indianapolis, try and score the Call-Out money, win that race, and not have to worry about where we are in the points. Topeka is a great track that can hold fantastic runs. We were able to test some things at the Night Under Fire match race last weekend, and I think that’s going to bode well for us in Topeka and Brainerd as we gear up for Indy at the end of this month.”