Photo above by Andi McFarland
After his first month racing with Capitol Racing, new team member Troy Hannemann, bought a trailer for his son and soon to be daughter in law to stay in until they could save up enough money to get a down payment on a house.
Just days after buying the trailer it caught fire on the first night they slept in it! Fortunately everyone but the cat got out in the nick of time before it became fully engulfed! Sadly, everything they owned was totally destroyed including their car and Troy's truck was damaged in the fire as well.
If you can help them even with a dollar of two, a Go Fund Me account has been set up by going here
Engines and Heads: Keith McCurdy
Transmission by: Jeff Marsh
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Winter Rod and Speed Show Kick Off a Big Hit!
With a nice weather forecast, an impromptu “Winter Rod and Speed Show kick off” cruise-in took place at the Albany Burgerville this past Saturday. The event allows us to give some attention to Burgerville and it's also a way for us to distribute winter car show exhibitor applications to the people that brought cars to the cruise in.
It was a great event as a final tally of 28 cars showed up which was about the limit due to limited space that also had to include customer parking. A mix of both customers and people driving by looked over the cars at the event. The Capitol -Burgerville Dragster was the central focal point of the event and as usual the kids got to sit in the car and received signed autographed pictures.
The Winter Rod and Speed Show returns January 20-21 to the Linn Conty Fair and Expo Center. Last year $7,000 was given to cancer including $5,000 to the Children's Cancer Association and 1,100 lb of food was given to Fish of Albanty. Application can be downloaded at HERE.
The Championship was between defending Champ Brent Jones of Stevensville, Montana and Canadian Dane Lachelt who won the Championship in 2014. Coming into the event, Jones in the “Lawless” funny car lead Lachelt in the “Way Too Much Fun” dragster by three points. However, in the final round Jones fouled giving the Championship and a $1,000 bonus to Lachelt.
Kelly Flansaas in the Rocky Mountain Funny Car and Rich Bailey in the Capitol Auto Group Dragster were tied for third place going into the second round but Bailey also fowled giving the third place season finish to Flansaas. Alvan Behar of Spokane rounded out the top five. All will be honored at a banquet to be held at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel in Yakima on November 19th.
Capitol Race Team Has Special Guest!
Our race team hosted Arthur who we named our honorary crew member of the race. When we first met Arthur at our January car show, he was bald and had brain cancer but today when we hosted him at the track I’m glad to report he is now cancer free and has a full head of hair! At the January show I promised him we would bring him out to the races and I’m glad I kept my promise.
Arthur did a great job packing the chutes with the help of our new crew member Troy Hannamann and I. We then went around and met the other drivers who gave him t-shirts and signed photos!
On the first stanza on Saturday, we started with a safe tune up and I “only” reach 198 MPH. I wanted to go 200 MPH for Arthur who was watching from the stands so we hopped it up and it ran 201 MPH in 6.91 seconds! Mission accomplished! We have not hosted a cancer family at the track for a long while and I have forgotten how fun it is to do! In addition, we saw several people who we gave coupons to at the state fair so we got some new faces at the track which I was glad to see.
On Sunday, during the main event we raced George Moore one of my regular competitors on the Blown Alcohol Thunder circuit. I didn’t want to red light knowing we had the faster car and I left a little late but it give the crowd a good race as he got out of the box quicker then I anticipated and got a sizable two car length lead on me. But I was able to close the gap and take the stripe for the win with a 7.00 at 199 MPH.
At the top end of the track, we noticed a little oil on the transmission and in pit we saw there was a lot of oil in the overflow tank. Then we saw George pack it up and go so we opted to call it a season rather than take the chance and oil down the track on a single run. Over all it was a great race. We had a very good pit area in the best possible space and we sold out of all our t-shirts and gave away a lot of hero cards. So, in my world it was an overall success which best describes our 2016 racing season.
Capitol Team Finishes Season Fourth in Points at DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Finals
Our race team was tied for third place going into our final points race of the season this past weekend in Yakima, WA. In order to prevent a tie in the overall championship point standings, we faced our competitor Kelly Flansaas in the second round of the DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Finals to break the tie.
After running a slow 4.75 during Friday night’s test session we improved in the first stanza, posting a fine 4.52 which was quicker then the test pass by two tenths! In that race we were lined up against Jim Atwell in the Scarlet Fever car out of Calgary, Canada but he was unable to get his dragster to start due to a loose wire so we received a single pass.
On the tie breaker run in the second round, some how I rolled into the beams a little too far which caused me to deep stage! As I launched off the starting line I noticed a red light on my side of the christmas tree but it was still a very close side-by-side race as we ran a 4.55. We reviewed the video after the run and it turned out that the car jolted a head slightly when I set the trans break which caused it to go in too deep. According to Derek Snelson, the track promotor, a red light will appear on a pro light if there is a deep stage. A red light is an automatic disqualification so my opponent Kelly Flansaas won the round and the tie breaker so I moved down to fourth place for the year.
On the bright side, this is the third straight year where we earned a top five finish out of the 18 cars that competed in the series. We competed at every race and made every round and the car ran strong every time but it still wasn’t enough. As the co-founder of the Blown Alcohol Thunder racing circuit I say GOOD! That means this is becoming a very competitive racing series and you have to be on your game to win it.
Next, we move on to Woodburn Dragstrip for the final race of the year this coming weekend.
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