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Driver: Rich Bailey

Crew Chief: Rick Klampe

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Crew: Josh McGuire

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The Colossal Story!
Serving local communities important to Burgerville
ProMotion Welcomes Bugerville

March 12, 2015 (SALEM, Ore.) --- ProMotion Motorsports welcomes the Monmouth and Albany Burgervilles as our new marketing partners. The two Willamette Valley Burgerville restaurants join the team as an associate sponsor and complement Capitol Auto Group’s title sponsorship.

After several years of Burgerville supporting the Winter Rod and Speed Show promoted by Rich Bailey and Jim Billing and its non-profit beneficiary Children’s Cancer Association, former Albany Burgerville general manager Donald Holt and current general manager Ashley Rae began to take notice of the race team and the commitment to community charities like the food bank, and wanted to know how to get more involved. After a meeting with Rae and Monmouth Burgerville general manager Alex Page, the two restaurants made a joint decision to get involved with the race team this season.

“On behalf of our guests and our crews, Burgerville is committed to serving our local communities and supporting the race team is one way to show that commitment,” said Rae. “I am excited for what the future holds with this new partnership and the good we can do to jointly support local charities like the food bank, the D.AD. Program and the Children’s Cancer Association. Please join me in welcoming Rich and ProMotion Motorsports to our Burgerville family.”

As part of this program, the race team will create displays at both the Albany and Monmouth Burgerville restaurants, distribute Burgerville discount coupons at the track and other events, and do some cross promotions with KYKN 1430 radio in addition to some other amenities that often revolve around a sponsorship. Most importantly, the two organizations will join forces to bring awareness to charities including the Drums and Disabilities Program which also has a presence on the car.

“This is a dream come true for me since Burgerville is known as the premier local hamburger restaurant in the Pacific Northwest. I have been a Burgerville fan since high school, and we are thrilled to be associated with what must indeed be one of the most favored brands by Oregonians,” commented Bailey.

Burgerville’s menus highlight burgers and sandwiches made with fresh, vegetarian-fed and antibiotic-free local beef, vegetarian patties, and sustainability caught Alaskan halibut fish and chips. Well known for seasonal offerings created largely from food grown and produced in the Pacific Northwest, more than 70% of Burgerville’s food dollars are estimated to be spent locally sourcing ingredients from 988 farms, ranches and artisans inside a 400-mile food shed with many located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

About ProMotion Motorsports
ProMotion Motorsports Services LLC promotes professional drag racing, benefit car shows and advertising using it's flagship Capitol Ayuto Group "Rocketeer" blown alcohol dragster as it's messenger. ProMotion Motorsports success is a result of "friendly face to face marketing" to promote its advertisers. ProMotion also offers public relations, websites and marketing materials for other motorsports teams.

About Burgerville
Established in 1961, Burgerville is an innovative and industry-leading restaurant company with 40 locations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. 1,300 employees strong, Burgerville provides guests fresh, great-tasting food all-day every day from breakfast to late-night snacks based in its mission “serve with love.” At Burgerville, the commitment to fresh, local and sustainable values is about helping people and communities thrive. For more information, please visit burgerville.com.

Capitol Auto Group Named Top Business to Work for

Congratulations to Capitol Auto Group as they are ranked number one of the Best 100 Large Oregon Companies to Work For. This is the second year in a row that Capitol Auto Group has been awarded this high honor. In addition, Capitol was the most awarded car company in 2014. It's a great honor for our race team to represent this company of professional excellence for over 15 years!

ProMotion Motorsport's Annual Green Statement

ProMotion Motorsports burns alternative racing grade methanol fuel in its dragster and bio diesel in the truck when ever it is accessible. ProMotion Motorsports also uses synthetic motor oil and always recycles it. ProMotion Motorsports recycles and reuses engine parts when ever possible and deemed safe to do so.



At Press Time!
Late Breaking News

Work Continues on Dragster
Last year the dragster was intact through the winter months and we were able to display it at all of the major Oregon car shows except Salem. This year we are going through intense maintenance including a new body and paint job as well as improvements to the engine.

We are pushing as hard as we can but you can only push so hard! So, we'll get everything back together as quickly as we can before the Medford season opener.

One thing is for sure we are doing it right and the results will be worth it as soon as we can get back out there!

In the mean time, enjoy our new website. It will take a few days to get all the links correct but so far so good!

-Rich Bailey

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Up Coming Events

May 2
Champion Raceway
Blown Alcohol Thunder *

May 9
Capitol Auto Group West Valley Store

May 16-17
Season Opener
Woodburn Dragstrip

May 23
Cornorstone Associates

June 6-7
Rose Festival Drags
Woodburn Dragstrip

June 26 - 27
Nitro Nights
Renegade Raceway
Yakima *

July 4
Western Days
Independence OR

July 10-11-12
IHRA Nitro Jam
Spokane County Raceway *

July 17-18
Rocky Mountain Championships
Lost Creek Raceway *
Butte Montana

July 31
Night of Fire

August 1
Blown Alcohol Thunder
Renegade Raceway
Yakima *

August 7-9
Guitars Under the Stars
Lebanon, OR

August 14-15

Nitro Night of Fire
Spokane County Raceway *

Sept. 26-27
Fall Classic

* Blown Alcohol Thunder Series


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Bailey’s Blog

Progress is Being Made as Spring Approaches

As we move the clocks ahead here in the Northwest, the nice weather has returned and the tracks in Oregon and Washington are starting to open for the first time. Since the start of February, we have been working on getting our car ready for the 2015 season. Parts are everywhere! The engine is in Bend where our crew chief Rick Klampe is upping the compression with longer connecting rods and he has installed a new cam and is replacing the old manifold which he suspects is what has kept the car from breaking the 200 MPH barrier. The transmission is in Canby getting freshened up by Jeff Marsh and we have some parts including the chassis getting re-certified. Last week, I re-painted a section of the trailer which was slightly damaged in a wind gust when we were in Spokane.

The biggest news is the modernization project. Gary Eickmann will be working on building a new body for the car which we hope to have ready for paint by the beginning of April. But if worse comes to worse, we will use the Rocketeer body for the first couple of races since we will be switching bodies on occasion anyway just to mix things up. Regardless, it’s a going to be a nice looking car when it’s done. The body is being made possible by Pat Gesualdo who is a professional musician and founder of the Drums and Disabilities program.

Our goal is to win the Drag Parts Blown Alcohol Thunder Championship and with these changes we will be in the thick of it just like we were last year where we finished second. As always I will keep you posted of our progress.

- Rich Bailey


Team to Have New Look with Help From D.A.D. and Pat Gesualdo’s Progressive Rock Group Iceland

Rich Bailey’s Capitol Auto Group Blown Alcohol Dragster will sport a new look in 2015 as he celebrates a milestone 15 years with Capitol. The car’s new look is being made possible by the non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), which pioneered the Healing Art of Drum Therapy. D.A.D. programs and advocacy outreach initiatives help children, adults, and wounded veterans with special needs. The D.A.D. Program is currently in schools, health facilities, and community centers in over 15 countries.

Celebrated drum virtuoso/D.A.D Founder Pat Gesualdo, also has a new progressive rock band called Iceland, which is helping to promote Bailey, and the entire Capitol Racing Team as well. “My crew chief Rick Klampe and I are big rock-n-roll fans and we’re always cranking up the tunes and discussing rock-n-roll while we’re traveling down the Interstate so naturally we’re both excited to have Pat and his D.A.D. program as part of our race team family. I have been learning a lot about D.A.D. and it’s is a worth while cause to get behind” Bailey said.

Iceland includes Iconic metal guitarist Michael Romeo of Symphony X, “Metal Mike” Chlasciak from Rob Halford’s (of Judas Priest) solo group and industry session vocalist Chandler Mogel. Iceland debuted on the CMJ radio charts in the 9th position and has a sound comparable to such bands as Styx and Rush.

Iceland’s new album is available on cdbaby.com and you can hear cuts on the band’s website www.icelandnj.com. Sales of the new Iceland CD go directly to the D.A.D. program, to bring free therapy programs to special needs children and adults.

The new body will be built by Gary Eickmann and painted by Jeff Lewis. The vinyl lettering will be applied by Mark Adams of Supervinyl Signs. In addition to the bold new Capitol look, Bailey will keep the historic Rocketeer body panels and will have them on the car at selected events. Most of the time the new body panels will be on the car but sometimes the dragster will make a surprise appearance as the Capitol Rocketeer car.


Another Spectacular Winter Rod and Speed Show!

The Winter Rod and Speed Show is now in the books and we had another great turnout. The quality was very good in the main building, probably the best ever. Kenny Youngblood was a hit as always and had more requests for pictures this year than last year. The “Left Coast Sha’ Bang” located in the second building was off the hook and generated a lot of interest. Thanks to everyone that supported the show as a exhibitor, vendor, volunteer, sponsor or a spectator. Your participation was very much appreciated.

To see photos taken by PDX Car Culture prior to the opening of the show: Click here to see photos