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NHRA: Capps hopes to make “Capps’ Nook” roar for a seventh time – Brainerd Dispatch

It’s no secret that Ron Capps loves coming to Brainerd Worldwide Raceway.

“I say this yearly, however we circle the calendar yearly for when Brainerd comes up,” the six-time Brainerd winner stated. “It’s simply all the time been such a terrific place for me on and off the observe.”

The present Humorous Automobile world champion will search for win No. 7 at BIR Aug. 18-22.

Capps final gained at BIR in 2019, which was the final victory in Brainerd since he accomplished a three-peat in 2014.

One more reason why Capps loves coming to Brainerd is he’s a fan favourite. Within the raucous tenting space referred to as the “Zoo,” there’s a well-known part named “Capps’ Nook” which is likely one of the most original spots in motorsports and one thing Capps doesn’t take as a right.

“We achieve this many enjoyable issues with my NAPA individuals on the Zoo and across the nice followers that I’ve come to know by the years,” Capps stated. “To have your personal nook within the Zoo is a type of moments the place you are feeling such as you’ve actually made it on this sport. The followers are so nice and to have somebody title a nook within the Zoo after you it’s breathtaking as a result of it’s such a legendary place. We don’t have one other race like Brainerd.”

Capps wears extra than simply the motive force helmet. This season is the primary time he’s raced as a group proprietor underneath Ron Capps Motorsports.

“The offseason was most likely the strangest for me since I turned a group proprietor,” he stated. “I’ve all the time been only a driver, so there was rather a lot to arrange for this 12 months and I’m fortunate that I obtained to maintain the identical crew chief and similar group members that I had final 12 months. Everytime you make that bounce to being a group proprietor, you simply hope you may have some success.

Ron Capps

“This 12 months is very going to be cool as a result of each cease of the 12 months, up to now, the followers have been unbelievable with how a lot they’ve adopted my profession and the way excited they had been for me as a group proprietor. And Brainerd is simply one other degree for me with the followers and I simply can’t wait to get there.”

Capps has loved one other profitable season up to now in 2022. After profitable the countdown final 12 months, Capps got here out of the gates scorching, getting the No. 1 qualifier within the first race of the season in Pomona, the place he obtained second total.

Capps has two wins to his title in 2022. His most up-to-date victory was in Bristol June 19. He additionally held the trophy in Las Vegas April 3.

“The Vegas win was particular as my first win as group proprietor/driver for me was dwelling the dream,” he stated.

Capps at the moment sits third within the Humorous Automobile standings with a countdown berth already clinched. Even with a spot secured, he is aware of how essential profitable the Brainerd race is to success.

“It’s one of many final races of the 12 months earlier than we head to our greatest race of the 12 months within the U.S. Nationals,” Capps stated. “You higher have your automobile operating effectively and for those who don’t you higher determine it out in Brainerd. So it’s all the time been a pivotal race it doesn’t matter what and we’ve been fortunate sufficient to be third within the factors, so we are able to simply concentrate on profitable the race and never making any strikes. You look again at historical past and normally the drivers who’ve success in Brainerd go on to have success within the championship run.”

It’s not simply the success that makes him circle Brainerd on the calendar yearly, it is also his household.

“My spouse’s household is from the entire space, so we’ve had household reunions inside the race and spend a whole lot of time there,” he stated. “We keep on the racetrack in a type of condos that’s close to the beginning line, which is nice and we now have a whole lot of household on my spouse’s aspect. And when you may have household at a race there’s nothing higher than profitable and having household within the winner’s circle with you.”

Capps admitted being a group proprietor for the primary time added some strain, however he’s been pleased with how he’s dealt with it.

“I believe it’s all introduced on on my own,” he stated. “I’ve had a whole lot of assist. My longtime teammate Antron Brown was an enormous assist and began on his personal final 12 months and helped me alongside the way in which. John Power. Tim Wilkerson. Guys I’ve raced towards have been an amazing quantity of assist. Power and Wilkerson most likely referred to as me day by day all through the offseason to ask if I wanted assist with something. In order that’s been cool to see the fellows you compete towards providing that can assist you out.

“There’s been occasions the place it most likely value us a race or two, the place I let the enterprise aspect of issues get into my helmet once I ought to’ve been simply centered on driving. However I believe that’s all a part of it from what all the opposite guys have been saying.”

With the countdown shortly approaching, going back-to-back as world champion is certainly behind his thoughts.

“Successful the championship is cool, but it surely’s a giant bullseye,” he stated. “It’s like every sport. You play towards the defending champion and also you go somewhat tougher. So it’s been powerful, however we all know we now have to be one of the best at each run.”

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WHAT: fortieth Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, the eleventh occasion of the NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Collection 2022 season. Drivers within the skilled classes – Prime Gasoline, Humorous Automobile, Professional Inventory and Professional Inventory Motorbike will earn factors resulting in 2022 NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Collection world championships. The competitors additionally might be featured within the NHRA Lucas Oil Collection.

WHERE: Brainerd Worldwide Raceway and Resort, Brainerd. The observe is situated a couple of miles north of the Brainerd space off Freeway 371. The observe is situated on the east aspect of the freeway.

COURSE: Championship drag strip. Observe elevation is 1,200 toes above sea degree. Observe route is west to east.

WHEN: Thursday by Sunday, Aug. 15-18


LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying and time trials at 9:15 a.m.

FRIDAY, Aug. 19 

LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations at 9:15 a.m.

PRO MOD qualifying at 1:30 and 5:15 p.m.

D-WAGON PRO MOD SHOOTOUT eliminations spherical 1 at 6 p.m.

NHRA CAMPING WORLD SERIES qualifying at 2:15 and 6 p.m.


LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations at 9:15 a.m.

PRO MOD qualifying at 12:45 and three:45 p.m.

D-WAGON PRO MOD SHOOTOUT eliminations at 1, 4 and 5:30 p.m.

NHRA CAMPING WORLD SERIES qualifying at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, Aug. 21

Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.

NHRA CAMPING WORLD SERIES eliminations start at 11 a.m.


Friday, Aug. 19, FS1 will televise one and-a-half hours of qualifying protection at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, FS1 will televise one-and-a-half hours of qualifying protection at 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 21, FOX will televise three hours of dwell finals protection at 2:30 p.m.


Steve Torrence, Prime Gasoline; Matt Hagan, Humorous Automobile.


Prime Gasoline — Joe Amato 6; Humorous Automobile — John Power 11


Prime Gasoline — Leah Pruett 3.640 seconds, Aug. 2017; Brittany Power 334.9mph, Aug. 2021

Humorous Automobile — Robert Hight 3.793 seconds, Aug. 2017; Robert Hight 338.00 mph, Aug. 2017


Prime Gasoline — Brittany Power 3.623 seconds, Studying, 2019; Brittany Power 338.17 mph, Las Vegas 2, 2019

Humorous Automobile — Robert Hight 3.793, Brainerd, 2017; Robert Hight 339.87 mph, Sonoma, 2017

TICKETS: For tickets, name (866)-444-4455

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