Capps Scores First No. 1 Qualifier of NHRA Season at Gatornationals
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by Ron Capps Motorsports
1y ago
Defending NHRA Funny Car world champion Ron Capps is leaving Gainesville Raceway with the confidence that he has one of the quickest cars in the class yet again after a second-round exit at the season-opening NHRA Gatornationals. The driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra laid down the second-quickest pass of the event in the first round of Sunday eliminations before going up in smoke in the quarterfinals.  Capps and tuner Dean “Guido” Antonelli made a statement in Saturday qualifying, where Capps recorded the third-quickest pass of Q3 before laying down a 3.874 E.T. at 333.25-mph ..read more
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Capps Clinches Third NHRA Funny Car Championship, First for Ron Capps Motorsports
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by Ron Capps Motorsports
1y ago
In a dramatic final round to close out the 2022 season, defending NHRA Funny Car world champion Ron Capps clinched his third series title, and the first for Ron Capps Motorsports, on Sunday at the NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Capps drove the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra to a runner-up finish to win his second consecutive championship crown, becoming the first Funny Car driver to win back-to-back championships in 20 years. Starting the weekend ranked second in the point standings behind Robert Hight, Capps overcame a 61-point deficit to lock up the 2022 NHRA Camping World Ser ..read more
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Vegas Keeps Capps in Heated Championship Battle Heading into NHRA Finals
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by Ron Capps Motorsports
1y ago
Two-time and defending NHRA Funny Car world champion Ron Capps entered the NHRA Nevada Nationals race weekend ranked second in the Countdown to the Championship standings and 10 points behind No. 1 ranked Robert Hight. Capps was focused on the mission at hand during qualifying at the season’s penultimate event – earning bonus points to narrow the points margin heading into race day at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as he contends for his first series title as an NHRA team owner. While Capps made quick and consistent passes throughout the weekend’s four qualifying sessions, his only bonu ..read more
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Dallas Victory Moves Capps Closer to Another NHRA Championship
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by Ron Capps Motorsports
1y ago
In an epic final-round feud between two NHRA Funny Car world champions, Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra team came out ahead as the winners of the Texas NHRA FallNationals Sunday night at the Texas Motorplex. Capps defeated former teammate Matt Hagan in the final to claim his fifth win of the season. The two-time and defending world champion is now just 10 points behind No. 1 ranked Robert Hight as he chases his first world championship as a team owner.  Capps went into the FallNationals 46 points behind Hight. His mission to shrink that gap started in qualifying, where ..read more
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Capps Maintains No. 2 Points Position with Runner-Up Finish at NHRA Midwest Nationals
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by Ron Capps Motorsports
1y ago
Ron Capps’ success in NHRA Funny Car competition continued with another final-round appearance Sunday during the NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway. The two-time and defending world champion took runner-up honors to points leader Robert Hight, holding on to the No. 2 spot in points with just three races left in the Countdown to the Championship.  Capps in his NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra struggled in Friday’s lone qualifying session, but co-crew chiefs Dean ‘Guido’ Antonelli and John Medlen bounced back on Saturday. Capps powered to low E.T. of both sessions, coll ..read more
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Capps Wins NHRA Carolina Nationals, Moves into Second in Funny Car Standings
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by Ron Capps Motorsports
1y ago
Ron Capps raced to victory for the fourth time this season on Sunday afternoon during the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals, defeating Alexis DeJoria in the final round to move up to second place in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship standings. Including his runner-up finish in Brainerd, Minn., and Indianapolis triumph, Capps has now taken his NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra to the final round at three out of the last four events, placing him solidly in the championship hunt after the second of six playoff events, but the 28-year NHRA veteran is careful not to get ahead of himself.  “I ..read more
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Capps Starts 2022 Countdown with Low E.T. of Maple Grove Race
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by Ron Capps Motorsports
1y ago
Defending NHRA Funny Car world champion Ron Capps rolled into the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway with a dominant NAPA AutoCare Toyota GR Supra after winning the U.S. Nationals from the No. 1 spot less than two weeks prior. Capps appeared on his way to another late-round finish on Sunday at the first race of the Countdown to the Championship, setting low E.T. of the event in the opening round of eliminations. His bid for a second consecutive win ended in the second round, though, when he lost traction after a starting line advantage.  Before starting eliminations, Capps and his Ron ..read more
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Capps Advances to Fourth Final Round Appearance in Brainerd
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by Ron Capps Motorsports
1y ago
Two-time and defending NHRA Funny Car world champion Ron Capps advanced to the final round for the fourth time during the 2022 Camping World Series season on Sunday, powering to a runner-up finish at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Starting from the No. 4 seed, Capps’ march to the final round began with a round-one matchup versus John Force who entered the race weekend ranked fourth in the Funny Car standings, trailing No. 3-ranked Capps. Aboard the NAPA AUTO PARTS GR Supra, Capps powered to a winning 3.931 E.T. to outpace Force’s 4.022-second effort, effectively halting Force’s chances at maki ..read more
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Capps’ 600th Race Results in Quarterfinal Finish
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by Ron Capps Motorsports
1y ago
Ron Capps began his professional drag racing career in 1995 as a Top Fuel wheelman, and at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor, the two-time and defending Funny Car world champion competed in his 600th NHRA event, making him the third most-tenured driver competing in the category. By qualifying in the No. 9 position, Capps faced another veteran driver in round one as he went head-to-head with Tim Wilkerson, who is fourth on the list of most races entered. Capps and Wilkerson pulled up to the line for what NHRA had selected to be Funny Car’s ‘marquis match-up,’ and were ready to b ..read more
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Capps, NAPA Team Opt for ‘Big Picture’ Approach in Seattle
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by Ron Capps Motorsports
2y ago
With only two races remaining between the NHRA Northwest Nationals and the U.S. Nationals, the final event of the NHRA’s ‘regular season,’ the Ron Capps Motorsports team used Seattle’s three qualifying rounds to prepare for the upcoming Indianapolis event and the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs. The reigning world champions know that the key to Countdown success is consistency, and they opted for a ‘big picture’ approach this weekend at Pacific Raceways.  After treating Seattle’s three qualifying rounds as test sessions, Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS crew found themse ..read more
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