NAPA Filters’ Drivers Take the Track for the 44th Annual NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville

GASTONIA, N.C.— NAPA Filters will have two cars racing in the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville (FL) on March 15-17. Ron Capps will drive the NAPA Filters’ Funny Car entry while John Lombardo Jr. will pilot the NAPA Filters’ Top Alcohol Funny Car.

“It’s always a huge compliment to our team when NAPA Filters uses our car and NHRA for promotions,” said Ron Capps, who will drive the NAPA Filters’ Funny Car March 15-17 in the NHRA Gatornationals. “That shows how important NHRA drag racing is to a great company like NAPA Filters.”

Capps and crew chief Rahn Tobler currently lead the Funny Car points standings in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with Don Schumaker Racing’s NAPA Dodge Charger R/T. Capps and the NAPA team were runner-up at the season-opener at Pomona, Calif., and won the event title in the NHRA Arizona Nationals on Feb. 24 near Phoenix.

NAPA Filters and Lombardo Racing are on a roll, and they’re kicking off the March big sales event at NHRA’s Gatornationals next weekend. Lombardo will join NAPA AUTO PARTS Stores and AutoCare Centers nationwide in promoting the industry leading NAPA Platinum, Gold, and Silver Filters big sales event.

“The car looks fantastic decked out in NAPA Filters Graphics, Gainesville is super fast, and we intend to make our NAPA Stores, AutoCare Centers, and drag racing fans proud,” said John Lombardo Jr.

Lombardo has driven his 266 MPH funny car to two victories and a runner-up in the last three outings, posting some of the quickest and fastest runs in the history of the sport. He leads the national points standings with the hopes of a repeat performance going into the Gatornationals.

“Our involvement with these two teams continues NAPA Filters’ tradition of motorsports support and clearly aligns with our customers, many of whom are fans of NHRA,” said Paul Kortman, NAPA Filters’ Brand Manager. “This year at Gainesville promises to be another fast day and we hope that both Ron and John sail down the track in their NAPA Filters’ funny cars.”

One of the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) largest events, the Gatornationals race will take place in Gainesville (FL) and is the third event, but first on the East Coast, in the 24-race 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

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Started in 1966 NAPA Filters was the first branded product under the NAPA name. NAPA is the world’s largest distributor of light and heavy duty filters in the automotive aftermarket, serving domestic and import vehicles sold in the U.S., as well as heavy equipment and industrial hydraulic applications. NAPA Filters are sold exclusively through NAPA AUTO PARTS stores. For more information, visit

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