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Albany, Oregon Jan 19-20

Woodburn Dragstrip
June 9-10

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Boise June 15-16

*Spokane County Raceway
June 23-24

*Renegade Raceway, Yakima
June 29-30

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Independence July 4

Marion County Fair,
Salem, July 6-8

Woodburn Dragstrip
July 27-28

Guitars Under the Stars,
Lebanon July 29

Big Sky Championships
Billings August 4-5

*Spokane County Raceway
August 17-18

Oregon State Fair

Woodburn Dragstrip
Sept.. 22-23

* Blown Alcohol Thunder Series
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Dragster Displayed at Relay for Life

The Capitol Rocketeer Dragster made an appearance at the Relay For Life cancer event this past Saturday at the Chemawa Indian School track near the Keizer exit. It was a great benefit for the race team to be involved in as we really like to support cancer related events. Cancer survivors and family members of all ages sat in the race car with the oldest being 88 years old! Rich Bailey got a chance to address the crowd about his connection to the disease. The car ended up being displayed from 9 to 5 PM.

We raffled off the driver's seat during a fire up. A girl and her dad walked up and offered 5.00 to sit in the car for the fire up. They were asked if she was a cancer survivor? Her dad said yes not once but twice. We were hoping to raise a little bit more than that but we let her sit in it anyway. Then a few minutes later a guy offered 100.00 for his friend to sit in the car. So, we still got the money we were after for the fundraiser plus we made a young girl’s day!


Capitol Racing Welcomes Russ Casady

With the exception of Otis Pettit, the Capitol team has not had much regular help in the crew department this year. And while we didn't have one of our best outings in Boise due to a combination of problems, one of the bright spots was the addition of Russ Casady who did a lot of the driving and towed the car to the line as well as did light pit chores. We have decided to bring Russ on as an official crew member since he did a good job and is willing to help out as often as he can. He is also likable and gets along well with the other teams and the public. Welcome Russ!

Dave Morris also joins Capitol Team
Capitol Racing welcomes Dave Morris. Dave has excellent mechanical skills and is a great asset to the team. He has been working on and off for the last few months.

Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen Passes

Drag Racing as well as the world of pop culture lost the legendary "Mongoose" Tom McEwen who competed and won in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. The goose was not only a great marketer but innovator as well.

Thousands if not millions will remember their orange hot wheel tracks with the mongoose and snake diecast ars that put drag racing on the national map as well as in our lives. He later was the namesake for Mongoose bicycles. If it wasn't for this star power, some of us would have never been luered to the drag strip. May this racing legend live on in our hearts forever.

One of my biggest thrills was interviewing tom McEwen for this website. Head this excellent interview that even got Tom McEwen's stamp of approval.



Interview with "Lucky Larry" of All Thingz Sportz in Barberton, Ohio

Here are the exerts from a phone interview with "Lucky Larry" Lovette, the editor of "All Thingz Sportz" in Barberton, Ohio.

Larry - I understand you have a new job and welcome to the rubber world.

Rich - Thanks Larry. I'm now the "Director of Sales" with Dacon Industries. I kept a very low profile on my old job because I didn't have much responsibility in spite of what I did outside that 8 to 5 job and I was somewhat embarrassed by it. This new job is the opposite. It can be a little chaotic and I thrive on that plus I'm doing some some traveling as well including a trip to your neck of the woods in Ohio.

Larry - If you were board why didn't you leave your first job sooner?

Rich - I could never quit because of the economy and the last decade was so bad that I had read an article which said if you were over fifty you had a very small chance of ever finding a new job. I wondered what the hell? My life just passed me by. So I just accepted the situation and was content that I had a job with enough time off to go racing. I was then recruited for this position because of my marketing success in drag racing. Without racing I wouldn't have this job. Imagine telling your boss of 23 years that had little faith in your abilities that you were just recruited for a new job and you fly out on a private jet in two weeks to tour the corporation's manufaturing facilities all over the country? It's something we all dream about but it rarely ever happens. But that's exactly what happened to me.

Larry - So let's shift gears to your racing career. What kind of a car do you race?

Rich - I race a blown alcohol dragster. They are like a Top Alcohol Dragster but more suited for what they used to race in the Pro Comp class before Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car were spilt off into there own individual classes. If Pro Comp was around today in NHRA we would race that class. Since it's not, myself and a few other racers brought the class back independent of NHRA. We call it the Blown Alcohol Thunder Series. The cars go roughly 200 MPH in six seconds and there only a few rules. It's actually affordable if you have your infrastructure meaning the complete car and transporter already in place.

Larry - Are you ready for the season?

Rich - We are close but we have had a lot minor set backs including our truck which was recently rear ended. As minor as the set backs are, each one takes a week to solve after it's discovered. It's the nature of the beast since we switched blocks from our original Rodeck which changed everything. We didn't plan this but it was revealed in December by our engine builder Keith McCurdy that our engine block was on it's last leg so we went from an aluminum block to a stronger cast iron block which lead to a domino effect of small problems associated from going from one engine to another.

Larry - Do you have a pit crew that works on the car?

Rich - Yes. We have a new crew this year with only one guy, Otis Pettit, making a solid commitment so I'm going with him as our main guy. He has taken the bull buy the horns to do most the work since Keith finished the engine and I'm very impressed with his rock solid commitment. We also have Stan Wise who has a lot racing experience as well as a couple of other guys that are willing to help part time. So basically, it's a new team this year. It will require patience from everyone but we'll get there.

Larry - When do you expect to start racing?

Rich - We are hoping for the season opener at Woodburn Dragstrip in a couple of weeks. If not, we will hit the the Rose Festival race which is only a couple of weeks later. It's a little more laid back so it will be less stressful then going out in May. After the Rose Festival race we will have an event every weekend in June and into July.

Larry - Good luck and be safe out there!

Rich - Thanks Larry. Luck is always appreciated and you can never be too safe racing these cars.


Cap Racing Teams up with"Hurricane Hanneman" for Two Car Team in 2018

It's been an up in the air off season to say the least for our race team. And while there are still some uncertainty out there, everything is now more in focus then it was just a month ago. We are blessed to have Capitol Auto Group back as our primary sponsor for the 18th season along with most of our valued marketing partners. This season we will have a new engine built by Keith McCurdy of Competition Performance and Repair. This engine project actually began last year and now it's full speed ahead with the best parts money can buy. We also had Russ Meek's coat our headers which will really shine up those headers.

Speaking of new, we have a new team member, Otis Pettit. I'm very excited that we grabbed on to Otis at the end of last year as he's going to be a great addition to our team. He is quite an impressive guy who owns his own shop and even a hamburger stand out in Dallas. We also have brought on Franks Munz who is a retired mechanic that will assist me on the display end and will help out at the track.

The sad news is we lost Troy "Hurricane" Hannemman or did we? He had so much fun racing with us he went out and bought his own car! I was hoping his new house project would stall things a year or two but he's going racing this year which leads me to a big announcement. Troy and I have joined forces and are going to be a two car team this year! We will independently own and run our own cars but we will pit together and help each other out. I hate the multi-car teams in NHRA but I think this will work out well for both of us. We are already seeing the fruit of each other's expertise.

We still have a couple of months to so before we see any track time so for now we will work on our cars and get them ready to so.

- Rich Bailey


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