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The Capitol team is finished for the season. The Capitol Team placed 5th in the Blown Alcohol Thunder Series despite of missing two races.

Meet the Team...

Driver: Rich Bailey
Car Chief: Brent Sanford
Chief Fabricator: Troy Hannemann
Crew and displays: Richard Lytle

Crew and displays: Dave Morris
Engines and Heads: Keith McCurdy
Transmission by: Jeff Marsh

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2017 Events...

Jan 20-21
Winter Rod and Speed Show
Linn County Expo Center
Albany, Oregon

Feb 2
West Coast Sha' Bang
Oregon State Fair Grounds
Salem, Oregon

March 19-21
Portland Roadster Show
Expo Center
Portland, Oregon

May 6
Capitol Auto Group

May 13
Cascade High School
Turner Oregon

*May 20-21
Season Opener
Woodburn Dragstrip

*May 27
Season Opener
Renegade Raceway

*June 9-10
Spokane County Raceway

*July 1
Nitro Nights
Renegade Raceway

July 4
Independence OR

July 30-31
Night of Fire
Woodburn Dragstrip

*August 5
Billings Montana

*August 17-18
Nitro Summer Nationals

*August 26
Burgerville Car Show

September 1-4
Oregon State Fair
Salem OR

September 14
Fifties in the Fall
Lebanon OR

Sept. 23-24
Fall Classic

* Blown Alcohol Thunder Series


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New Car Entries Point to Another Great Winter Rod and Speed Show!

Entries have started coming in at a quick pace now that the holiday season is fast approaching. Some of the newest never seen before hot rods from as far away as Washington State and as close as Albany and Lebanon will be in the hot spot light and in our famous "Street of Dreams".

Featured this year is the "Death Mobile" from the movie Animal House is coming from where the film was made, Cottage Grove, Oregon. Also new this year in Garry Fauble's beautiful new Patriot Studebaker blown alcohol Pro Mod. Returning this year after a two year absence are the 300 MPH Warped Speed Jet cars and their new semi. Also coming back thanks to Wilson's NAPA Auto Parts is world famous artist Kenny Youngblood who will do a farmable hot rod or race car for each patron free for the asking. Plus, there will be a GIANT model car contest - one of the biggest in the Northwest, a Wild NASCAR simulator and free Hot Wheels for the kids each day of the show! It's affordable family fun!

The doors open on Friday night at 7 PM and will be open until 10 PM. Bring a can for food for the Friday Night Food Drive and get in the show for just $5.00. On Saturday, the show opens at 9AM and goes until 6 PM. Canned food donations will also be excepted on Saturday for the $3.00 discount.

Regular Admission is just $8.00, kids 8 and under are free. Three dollar off coupons will be available at businesses through out the valley after Thanksgiving or show your Bi-Mart card at the door for the same 3.00 discount. Parking is free! For more any information Click Here

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2017 Racing Season in Review

What a busy year it’s been for the Capitol Race Team! We started the year off by participating in four car shows and won the biggest, the Portland Roadster Show. This meant a lot to me personally because we have a brand new paint job which I designed and did all of the layout and prep work work on. My good friend Jeff Lewis who I've known since high school did the actual painting.

Once we got into the Summer months we shifted into race mode. May didn’t start out so well for us with a couple of races in Woodburn and Yakima but when we got into June we really went on a roll! In Spokane, we qualified third with a 6.89 at 200 MPH before going out in the semifinals in an elimination style race to Brent Jones. This was the first time in Spokane we hit the 200 MPH mark.

The following weekend we raced in Boise, Idaho in front of a giant crowd at the Great American Fox Hunt. Again, we ran a 6.89 at 201 MPH and made it to the final round where we again met our nemesis Mr. Jones. In the final he got crossed up and I passed him then my car got out of shape and he passed me so I lifted to save the car. I have been racing a long time but I have never taken a loss that hard before. It was a race we should have won but I got the best reaction time for the race award, we sold a ton of shirts and we got some great coverage in Drag Racing Online so it was still a verty good weekend for Brent, Troy and I.

Next, we returned to Yakima where we once again went to the finals after running a 4.26 in the second round. This was my best run ever in the eighth mile. But as we were getting ready for the final we discovered we melted three pistons all in 4 seconds during the previous round! We brought the car home and did the Western Days Parade and displayed the Capitol car at the festival grounds. It was a hit as thousands saw the car! The next weekend we swapped engines before returning to Woodburn for the Night of Fire race. On the first run it ran another 6.89 at 200 MPH. The following day we stayed over and did some testing but we could not repeat the six second performance.

We then went back on the road and took our longest trip ever over the continental divide to Billings, Montana. We still had tune up issues but on the last run it appeared we were headed for another final round when I lost a blower belt which slowed down the car. On the way home we dropped the trailer off in Spokane for the Nitro Summer Nationals a week later. This would be a tough race as 14 cars were there for an eight car field. We qualified seventh but lost another blower belt in the first round.

After Spokane, we chose not to compete in the last points race of the year in Idaho Falls and instead displayed the Capitol Auto Group Dragster at the Oregon State Fair which was a giant success! We finished the season fifth in points out of 24 cars that raced in our class so not a bad season. As always, we appreciate Capitol’s support and next year we will aim for number one!

- Rich Bailey


Local Racer Gary Lewis Passes

Long time racer Gary Lewis of Keizer, Oregon passed away after a short bout with cancer. Gary began racing in the 60's racing a Willys gasser and then went on to help Nyles Klampe on his Comp Eliminator dragster. Gary then returned to the driver seat of the Lewis and Shrewsbury blown "Norwester" Willys that also competed in Comp eliminator. Gary then reunited with Nyles (who sadly also died this year) to campaign a nitro funny car previously owned and driven by none other than "Smoky Joe" Lee. After a short stint with the funny car, Gary finished his career in the NHRA Super Gas class before retiring from racing.

On a personal note from Rich Bailey:
It was Gary Lewis who encouraged my career in racing, hand lettering and graphics more than anyone else. He was both like a father and a very close friend to me. Gary also painted most of the Capitol Auto Group Dragsters until handing over the paint gun over to his son, Jeff Lewis who will keep Gary's tradition of incredible paint work alive for years to come.

Thanks Gary for all you did for me!

Enter Below!
The American Build Giveaway will Award a Grand Prize of $17,760

Independence; Equality; Red, White, and Blue; Apple Pie; Freedom- there are so many things that come to mind when thinking about America (or ‘Murica if that’s your preference). Just like the NFL, Bald Eagles and Cheese in a Spray Can; the Pickup Truck is one of those things that’s associated with being deeply rooted in American Culture. In support of the greatest nation in the land, AmericanTrucks and have teamed up to announce their biggest truck build give
away yet!

The American Build Giveaway will award one grand finalist with a grand prize of $17,760 to customize their F-150, Silverado, Sierra or Ram Truck, because ‘Murica. Imagine how many mods that could be purchased with that loot- almost limitless possibilities. If those odds aren’t good enough, there will be a secondary prize drawing for the chance to win one of 76 limited edition American Build Prize Packs- score!

To sign-up: CLICK HERE

For the grand prize drawing, entrants can sign up to win on or starting on October 19th, 2017. For the secondary prize drawing, entrants must use the hashtag “#americanbuildgiveaway” on social media posts. Deadline to submit is March 20, 2018, and no purchase is necessary to enter to win. Official rules are available on the giveaway form; void where prohibited.


30 foot Race Car Trailer For Sale

For Sale: 2014 Cargo Mate 30 foot tag trailer. Includes: fully lined interior walls and celine, 110 out lets inside and out, LED light, rubber simulated floor, work bench and modular cabinet, deadbolt for added security. chrome package, custom wheel package, brand new tires, spare tire, sway bars, hitch. All graphics and stickers easily removable with a heat gun. Must sell $11,000 firm. Call Rich at 503-370-9164


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