Toyota Gazoo Racing North America NHRA Indianapolis Post-Race Report – 09.05.22

Capps, Brown win first U.S. Nationals trophies as team owners

INDIANAPOLIS (September 5, 2022) – Antron Brown and Ron Capps scored their first U.S. Nationals wins as team owners in NHRA on Monday. Capps scored his elusive first U.S. Nationals Wally, while Brown earned his fourth.

Their wins helped secure a Toyota weekend sweep after Steve Torrence and Capps won the Top Fuel and Funny Car all-star Callouts earlier in the weekend. A Toyota driver has now gone to the winner’s circle in three consecutive NHRA events.

Toyota Post-Race Recap
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series
Indianapolis Raceway Park
Race 16 of 22


NameCarFinal ResultRound-by-Round
Antron BrownMatco Tools Toyota Top Fuel DragsterWinnerW. 3.720 v. 3.737(Tatum) W. 3.736 v. 6.419(S. Torrence) W. 3.698 v. 3.714(Ashley) W. 3.706 v. 3.714(B. Force)
Justin AshleyPhillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel DragsterSemi-FinalsW. 3.690 v. 3.788(Langdon) W. 3.697 v. 3.751(B. Torrence) L. 3.714 v. 3.698(Brown)
Doug KalittaMac Tools Toyota Top Fuel DragsterSemi-FinalsW. 3.713 v. 3.727(Millican) W. 3.802 v. 3.989(Salinas) L. 6.518 v. 3.676(B. Force)
Steve TorrenceCapco Contractors Toyota Top Fuel DragsterSecond RoundW. 3.693 v. 3.774(Prock) L. 6.419 v. 3.736(Brown)
Billy TorrenceCapco Contractors Toyota Top Fuel DragsterSecond RoundW. 3.740 v. 5.129(Pruett) L. 3.751 v. 3.697(Ashley)
Shawn LangdonDHL Toyota Top Fuel DragsterFirst RoundL. 3.788 v. 3.690(Ashley)


NameCarFinal ResultRound-by-Round
Ron CappsNAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra Funny CarWinnerW. 3.886 v. 3.982(Creasy Jr.) W. 3.883 v. 4.458(Todd) W. 3.887 v. 8.995(J. Force) W. 3.913 v. 7.649(Hight)
J.R. ToddDHL Toyota GR Supra Funny CarSecond RoundW. 3.856 v. 7.086(Pedregon) L. 4.458 v. 3.883(Capps)
Alexis DeJoriaBandero Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny CarFirst RoundL. Foul – Red Light v. 3.881


ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster, AB Motorsports

Final Result: Winner

How surreal is this moment for you?

“It’s unbelievable. Thank the God above. All of the prayers, all of the hard work in this Matco Tools, Lucas Oil, Toyota, SiriusXM, Hangsterfer’s Dragster. We are making it happen. We have been working so hard for this. To be in Indy, hometown – I live eight miles from the track. I’m super proud of my team. They did an incredible job. Tough matchup against Brittany (Force), really tough one in the semifinals against Justin (Ashley) and the Phillips Connect team. We did it. We brought it home.”

RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra Funny Car, Ron Capps Motorsports

Final Result: Winner

What does this mean to you?

“There are so many neat things that have happened in my life this year. Look across our car, the littlest, smallest logo – people wanted to be a part of this team, part of what you are doing. NAPA Auto Parts, this week of NAPA Auto Care. Toyota, Paul Doleshal, Slugger (Labbe) – they took a chance on what I’m doing. I’m living a dream. I have my own small business and to have all of these people. We have been trying to win this. My wife (Shelly) has been through – I’ve tried to win this a long time with her here. She’s adamant about everyone sitting in the same seat, the same place. It’s going to be a large one tonight, but all of those NAPA Auto Care people across the country – this is who that is for. Kids don’t stop dreaming. Everything is possible if you put your mind to it.”

JUSTIN ASHLEY, Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel Dragster, Davis Motorsports

Final Result: Semi-Finals

How was your race?

“I thought we had a great weekend. This was my first US Nationals in full force with five qualifying sessions and racing on Monday. It was a long weekend with a lot happening on and off the track, the most important moment this weekend was the announcement of our extension with Phillips Connect. I am so grateful we have an opportunity to keep working with them. The Phillips Connect Toyota Vita C Energy racecar ran great and we just came up a little short in a really close drag race in the semifinals. I am really proud of this team. Throughout the whole weekend they worked extraordinarily hard. Mike Green and Tommy DeLago were awesome. Heading into the Countdown we have a really good race car.”

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