Ron Capps Motorsports Pre-Race Report: Pomona 1

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NHRA Winternationals 
Event 3 of 21
In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip
Pomona, Calif.
March 31 – April 2
Driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Toyota GR Supra Funny Car
NHRA Winternationals Event Highlights:Four-time event winner (1998, 2009, 2016, 2021)    Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2021, 2022)Five-time runner-up (2006, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2022) In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip Highlights:Four-time event winner Seven-time No. 1 qualifierSeven-time runner-up 2022 NHRA Winternationals Recap:
Qualified No. 1; Event runner-up (defeated John Force in E1, J.R. Todd in E2, Cruz Pedregon in E3; defeated by Robert Hight in E4)
Last Event (Phoenix):
Qualified sixth; Event runner-up (defeated Alex Laughlin in E1, Blake Alexander in E2, Alexis DeJoria in E3; defeated by Robert Hight in E4)
2023 Statistics:
Two events; one No. 1 qualifier; one runner-up
Career Statistics:
611 events; 73 wins; 37 No. 1 qualifiers
Noteworthy:Enters the weekend fresh off of a runner-up finish from Phoenix the week priorBy advancing beyond the second round at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, Capps clinched a spot in the next Mission #2Fast2Tasty Funny Car Challenge, contested this Saturday in PomonaCapps will square off against Alexis DeJoria, whom he defeated in the semifinals at the previous eventThe last time Capps visited Pomona, he was crowned the 2022 NHRA Camping World Series Funny Car championScored the pole position at the two most recent Pomona 1 events, and is seeking his third consecutive Winternationals No. 1 qualifier and final round appearanceCapps’ record in his four most recent Pomona outings include:Fall 2022 – No. 1 qualifier, runner-up, crowned series championSpring 2022 – No. 1 qualifier, runner-upFall 2021 – crowned series championSpring 2021 – No. 1 qualifier, event championReset the In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip Funny Car speed record when he powered his NAPA Supra to a 337.33 mph during the Fall 2022 eventAs a lifelong Californian and resident of Carlsbad near San Diego, Capps considers In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip to be a home trackFan Events:Capps will participate in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty autograph session at the Mission Foods midway on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.Also on Saturday, Capps will join his Toyota Gazoo Racing teammates at the Toyota midway display from 10 – 10:30 a.m. for a Team Toyota autograph session Quotable:
“Always a lot of excitement when you’re gearing up for a race at Pomona. Historically, we’re used to starting the season with the Winternationals and we end the season with the World Finals, but this year, the Pomona Winternationals is the third race of the season. So many things to be excited about this weekend. First of all, looking at the weather forecast, it’s going to be fast. And with In-N-Out Burger coming on board, that’s a great, historic name in it of itself. In-N-Out and Pomona both kind of ooze hot rodding with Pomona being the birthplace of NHRA, and In-N-Out has always been a staple of Southern California and everything around the raceway. So, In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragway sounds so good. On top of that, our NAPA Racing team is coming off of a great race last weekend, which put us into third in points heading into Pomona. We had such a great race when we won the world championship at the end of the season last November in Pomona, and I know Guido (Dean Antonelli) and our NAPA AutoCare team are chomping at the bit to get back there. With the forecast this weekend, it looks like it’s going to be as fast as ever.”

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