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Updated 2018 Events...

Winter Rod and Speed Show
Linn County Expo Center
Albany, Oregon Jan 19-20

Woodburn Dragstrip
June 9-10

*Firebird Raceway,
Boise June 15-16

Relay For Life
June 23-24

*Renegade Raceway, Yakima
June 29-30

Western Days,
Independence July 4

* Lost Creek Raceway
Butte Montana
July 6-8

Marion County Fair
Salem July 13-15

Woodburn Dragstrip
Night of Fire Race
July 27-28

Guitars Under the Stars,
Lebanon July 29

Liberty Church Summer Fest
August 11

*Spokane County Raceway
August 17-18

Oregon State Fair
August 24 -Sepember 3

Downtown Albany
September 8

50's in the Fall
Lebanon
September 17

Woodburn Dragstrip
Sept. 22-23

* Blown Alcohol Thunder Series
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Capitol Racing Goes Interactive at the 50's in the Fall Car Show!

The Capitol Dragster was at the 50’s in the Fall car show hosted by the Rollin Oldies Car Club in Lebanon. It was a chance for Russ and I to work on the car as we made it sort of an interactive display and it went over well. Even though we worked on the car we still let the kids sit in it and lots of pictures were signed. We had not had a chance to work on the car since Spokane due to the long two week run at the Oregon Sate Fair which happened immediately after the Spokane race if you include the set up day.

While we were taking a lunch break, all of the sudden a familiar face arrived to help, Rick Klampe, our former crew chief. If was like old times and we jelled like we used to while working on the car. He might be coming back next year and I have to say I really enjoyed all the years we raced together. This was a good test and it went well. As for the engine, by and large it’s fine but we need to replace some Jessel adjuster cups and a bent push rod so we opted to do that this week and hopefully be at the Fall Classic for the last big race of the year at Woodburn.

-Rich Bailey

Fall Colors Car Show Planned for October 13, to Help Brad Chrisman!

Brad Chrisman who has heped with the dragster on numerous occasions has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and he’s been fighting it for over a year. On October 13, under the Pink Caddy at Rock-n-Rogers on Market Street in Salem we will host the Fall Colors Car Show from 9-3. 100 percent, every last thin dime this show makes will go to help Brad with his never ending costs that have occurred since his awful diagnosis. There is no pre-registration for this show.

Brad's brother Monte has collected some really cool stuff for this event to auction off! Feel free to donate shirts, diecast cars, new kitchen items whatever you can and hope for dry weather. Donated Items can be sent to ProMotion Motorsports, 4826 Chan St. Salem, OR 97306. Call 503-370-9164 for information.

Dragster a Surprise Hit in Albany

The Capitol Dragster was on display at “Antiques in the Streets” in Albany this past Saturday. There was a steady group of people including small families that came by to look at the car. At the end of the day the dragster won the “more muscle” award. Thanks to Russ Casady for all of his help! Who would have thought this event would draw so many families but it did.

 

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BIG Exposure at the Oregon State Fair!

The Capitol Dragster was on display at the Oregon State Fair for the entire 11 day run which is a first after many partial appearances there in the past. On the weekends it has been crazy busy as over 100,000 people from all over the state converged on the fairgrounds for the annual event that includes just about everything including concerts, thrill rides, attractions, livestock and lots of things to buy. The Capitol Dragster was the only race car on the property and it represented its marketing partners well.

This year the dragster was displayed in the GK Machine's "Motor Mania" display area located near the midway near their spectacular five engine tractor puller. It is estimated by an employee at GK that a photo was taken nearly every one to two minutes of someone in the dragster during peak times! The display was staffed nearly 90 percent of the time during daylight hours.

A big thanks to GK Machine and the Oregon State Fair for this very special opportunity. And of course a giant thanks to Russ Casady for doing a great job interacting with the crowd and staffing the display every day during the fair. This was without a doubt our best fair yet as the weather has been excellent and the interest in the dragster has never been bigger then it was here.

 

Adventures Both Good and Bad in Spokane at Season Finale!

I shouldn't be telling you all of this but racing is mechanical and sometimes things don’t go your way when the engine is constantly looking for the weakest link. Especially on a blown alcohol engine! But except for their nitro counterparts and jet cars blown alcohol is the most exciting racing you will see on a dragstrip. The best way to sum up our weekend at the Nitro Summer Nationals in Spokane was that it resembled a roller coaster ride full of highs and lows. But overall, I would have to say it was a “cruel summer” race, the second one we had this year after the very sad state of affairs in Boise, Idaho where nothing seemed to go right.

So, what were the highs in Spokane? For my teammate Russ Cassidy and I, it was the adrenalin we both got trying to get the car ready for the third round while retorquing the valve train, packing the chutes and servicing the car on time before getting called to the line. Another highlight was being part of a special moment by taking a 10 year old boy with bone cancer over to the Warped Speed Jet Car team to meet driver Richard Smith. And in addition to the entire Hare family, who always root for us when we roll into Spokane, Jeremy Hare stepped in when we were short on help and did a great job. We also got some help from Brent Jones and Jeff Cassle, two of my fellow racers. And finally, the Spokane fans that supported our team through kind words and strong t-shirt sales.

What were the lows? On the top of my list was a crew member who never bothered to show up and help us on Saturday and instead used the comp tickets we gave him to watch the races with his wife from the grandstand. After all of this hard work the week before, he just fizzled out without ever saying a word to us. Another low was our air bottle that leaked overnight causing the car not to run on the first pass Saturday.

The best we could get the car to run was a 7.35 at 185 MPH on the second qualifier. Needless to say we never made it to the FINAL FOUR. When we got back to the pits after the second qualifier we noticed three push rods had moved in the valve train. We were advised to torque down the towers which we did. What came next was a financial victory.

I’m not sure where to start other than to say my instincts were right and I made a judgement call that saved our new engine from becoming a boat anchor. In front of a giant crowd, under the lights I did my burnout and as I moved towards the starting line something didn't sound 100 percent right so I had to decide in seconds whether to run it or play it safe. I decided to shut myself down to the surprise of people around the starting line who didn't notice anything was wrong and never attempted to shut me off. We towed the car back to the pits on the "tow of shame" right in front of thousands in the stands and it turned out to be the best decision I could have ever made as we had a loose rocker tower and three loose push rods. Had I made the run it would have been catastrophic.

So we will have to go back to square one and regroup with the blown alcohol thunder series in the books for yet another year. I may have a big announcement soon on a new crew chief. If we can get him on board and we've been talking off and on since Boise, I think things will go back to the way they were prior to this up and down season.

-Rich Bailey

Dragster Gets Back in the Sixes at Woodburn for Rock'n Weekend!

It was a busy weekend for the Capitol race team. First, aside from my 27th anniverary on Friday, July 27th, we made an exhibtion run Saturday night at the Night of Fire Drag Races at Woodburn Dragstrip. It was our first six second run with our new engine as it ran a 6.95 at just 185 MPH. Unfortunately, I heard something and noticed some smoke and got off the throttle or it would have been an even quicker pass.

It turned out I had destroyed a head gasket and an intake gasket on the run. We tore the engine down to check for further damage but there wasn’t any thank goodness. I was just glad i didn't oid down the track as I was real worried at the top end but then we saw Ed Jones coming down the track on two wheels and knew then that everything on the track was okay!


So, with the car tore down, I was thinking it’s 11:30 at night how are we going to make the Guitars under the Stars event on Sunday with the engine all torn apart? Well, without saying anything, everyone went the extra mile and we got it back together (in display mode) finishing at 1 AM so we would not miss our gig in Lebanon the next morning.

The Guitars Under the Stars Music Festival was pretty good as we saw our friends Marv Ross and Doug Fraiser from the rock group Quarterflash who had several top forty songs in the 80’s including the hit “Harden My Heart” that is played heavily on radio to this day. Quarterflash put on a great show for everyone who braved the hot weather! And the sound was perfect. Kudos to the techs they had the sound perfect.

Rich Bailey with Quarterflash Guitarist and song writer Marv Ross

The heat warnings and the local news media fanning the flames all week didn’t help the gate as the turnout was fair at best but we still had quite a few people look at the car. Speaking of "fair", the dragster will be back at the Oregon State Fair in August. Right now, the plan is to do an event next Saturday and then get the car ready for our next race in Spokane on August 27. Special thanks to Keith McCurdy, Dave Morris, Russ Casedy and Dave Wilson for all the help!

 

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