NHRA Full Throttle Lucas Oil
NHRA Driver
Ron Capps
  • Date of birth:
    June 20, 1965
  • Hometown:
    Carlsbad, Calif.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger
  • Crew Chief:
    Rahn Tobler
  • Career Wins: 41
    TF: 1 FC: 40
  • Career Final Rounds: 82
    TF: 2 FC: 80
  • Career Best E.T.:
  • Career Best Speed:
Career Highlights
  • 2012: Finished second in the point standings by a record 2 points; championship runner-up for fourth time; raced to wins at Atlanta, Bristol, Brainerd, Charlotte 2, Las Vegas 2; ran quickest elapsed time ever in Funny Car at 3.964 at Englishtown; ran career best speed of 320.89 mph at Englishtown
  • 2011: Raced to wins at Sonoma and Las Vegas 2; finished in the top 10 in the points standings; posted a career-best speed of 315.49 mph
  • 2010: Raced to a win at Sonoma and posted two runner-up finishes; Finished in the top 10 in the point standings
  • 2009: Won a category-best five races in seven final-round appearances; Held the top spot in the point standings for the first 10 races of the season; Finished in the top three in the point standings for fifth time in his career
  • 2008: Posted runner-up finishes at Seattle and Pomona 2; Inked major sponsorship deal with NAPA Auto Parts
  • 2007: Finished the regular season in first place; Led the standings from Race 4 through Race 17; Advanced to Countdown to 4 and Countdown to 1
  • 2006: Advanced to a career-high eight final rounds and tied a career-high with five wins; Led the standings after 17 of first 19 events; Opened the season with three wins, two runner-ups and a semi in first six events
  • 2005: Finished second in POWERade Series standings for third time in career; Ended season just eight points behind teammate Gary Scelzi in closest Funny Car finish in NHRA history; Recorded first No. 1 qualifier (Dallas) since 2000; Won three events to rebound from winless 2004; His seven final rounds and 37 round-wins led the Funny Car category
  • 2004: Established career-best speed at Las Vegas 1; Qualified No. 3 at Reading; Recorded top speed of the event at Houston.
  • 2003: Finished in the Funny Car top 10 for the seventh consecutive season; won at least one NHRA national event for the fourth consecutive season and for the seventh time in the last nine seasons; established career-best time and speed
  • 2002: Won the Funny Car bonus race at Indianapolis and collected the $100,000 bonus for the third time in his career; Won at Columbus, sharing winner’s circle with teammate Larry Dixon
  • 2001: Earned four victories and two runner-up finishes
  • 2000: Went to seven finals, collecting one win, and was runner-up in the standings to John Force for the second time in three years
  • 1999: Won the Funny Car bonus race for the second consecutive year, joining Al Hofmann as the only back-to-back winners of the lucrative bonus event
  • 1998: Won a career-best five races and gave John Force one of his toughest championship battles, finishing 135 points behind Force; Won Funny Car bonus race
  • 1997: Won twice in three final rounds in first Funny Car season, finishing fifth in points; Became first driver in his category to exceed 315 mph with a 315.45 mph run at Houston 2; Named Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award winner
  • 1996: His driving abilities caught the eye of Don Prudhomme while he ran a limited six-race schedule in Top Fuel, qualifying four times
  • 1995: Made Top Fuel driving debut in Roger Primm’s dragster; Earned first career win (Seattle)

  • Wife: Shelley
  • Daughter: Taylor (7/25/96)
  • Son: Caden (7/1/01)
  • Graduated from Santa Clara University with Bachelor of Science degree in software engineering
  • Height/weight: 5’8”, 150 lbs.
  • Hobbies: Computer racing games, racquetball, and golf