Capitol Team Didn't Have the Weekend That Was Expected
It was a productive but disappointing weekend for the Capitol team. The good news was that the car fired right up on Saturday morning which was the soonest we could start the car since we had been waiting on specially ordered rocker arms for the past several weeks. But because of heavy rain we were prevented from making any test passes on Saturday.
On Sunday, the sun came out but we were still limited to just two passes and I aborted both runs. We tried a different tune up as we wanted the fuel system's high speed to perform but the car didn't like it. After the first run, I didn't think that the tune up change caused the problem as I didn't get any RPM on the starting line when I went up on the converter. But after the second pass it was clear that the car didn't like the tune up so we changed it back. Because of the rain, a couple of oil downs and a late start we simply didn't get enough runs in to get a good pass.
Occassionally, you have to try new things to get the car to perform better and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. Next time we go out we will go back to our tune-up from last year to get a good baseline and then go from there.
Point of Sale Display at Stuart's Auto Supply Yields Results
This past weekend the Capitol team did their fifth event in the last couple of weeks. This time the car was at Stuart's Auto Supply in Salem. The success came as a lot of Royal Purple and NGK Plugs were sold thanks to our promotion: buy 4 quarts of Royal Purple or a set of NGK Spark Plugs and get a free Racketeer Shirt! We had several different customers jump on this deal which made it a busy day. Also, a lot of families would pass by then turn around to stop by and see the car. The store owner was pleased with the traffic and has agreed to have us back in the fall.
These events are great for both Royal Purple and NGK as not only do they establish new product users but it also means that hopefully there will be a stronger commitment from the store to keep stocking the product. The race team benefits from more exposure for all of our sponsors. Motorists passed by the car all day and couldn't miss seeing the car.
It's already a great year and we haven't fired the car up yet but that will change this weekend when we race at the season opener at Woodburn Dragstrip.
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Car No. 7 Pepsi Wendy's Funny Car, Don "the Snake" Prudhomme
Here's drag racing superstar Don "the Snake" Prudhomme in 1984 captured by Jim White. Prudhomme was drag racing's greatest professionals along with Kenny Bernstien and Tom MeEwan. It's a sad commentary that neither of these drag racing great are still active as car owners but they are still active in reviving the golden year of drag racing through promotion and reconstructing the cars that made them famous.
Cap Racing is showcasing the photography of Jim M. White. We certainly hope you enjoy his work as much as we do. Thanks Jim for sharing! Keep checking back daily to see who's next!
Car No. 1 The Blue Max FC
Car No. 2 The Wheeler Dealer TF
Car No. 3 The US Army Dragster TF
Car No. 4 The California Charger FC
Car No. 5 The Nitro Bandit TF
Car No. 6 Miller American FC
Business Community Responds to Dragster at Showbiz
The Capitol team made its first appearance at Show Biz in two years, May 9th at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. The Capitol Rocketeer Dragster was a big part of this annual business community event which marked it's Salem debut with the band new paint job! The car received a lot of compliments from friends, business people and the general public that was at the show.
Showbiz has always been one of the best events we do and this year was no different! A lot of familiar faces stopped by including Dale Hagenauer and his daughter who check out the retro design. The Capitol team also made a lot of contacts and gave a way a lot of stuff including our handout new cards, Night of Fire fliers, track schedules and coupons for Woodburn Dragstrip. During the show Rich Bailey was on the radio live with Bill Post of KYKN.
|Capitol Deal of the Week: 2012 Chevy Camaro
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Albany NAPA Royal Purple/NGK Display a Success!
The Capitol Auto Group Rocketeer Dragster was on display at the new Albany NAPA Auto Parts store promoting Royal Purple Synthetic Oil and NGK Spark Plugs on Saturday, May 4th. The hot weather put everyone in a festive mood to stop by and see the race car close up. Even Tom Caldwell a crewmember on another team came all the way from Aurora, some 45 miles away to see the display. We never met Tom before so it was great for him to show up. There was a steady stream of people all day except between 2-3 where it slowed down but then it picked back up again until the car was loaded up at 4:30.
Over all it was an excellent display and we gave away some shirts for buying product as a special promotion. We also handed out a ton of pictures, Woodburn schedules and coupons. A big thanks to Richard Lytle ignoring the heat to help out all day!
Sponsors Get Recognized in Best of the Mid Valley Awards
Congrats to out sponsors that scored well in the Best of the Mid Valley Awards. Adam's Rib Smokehouse won "Best BBQ" for the 5th year in a row! Walery's Pizza received third place for "Best Pizza", Capitol Auto Group came in second place for "Best Business Make Over" and third for "Best Car Dealer". KYKN finished second for "Best Radio Station" and their host Bill Post won first for "Best Host".
The Story Behind the Capitol Rocketeer Dragster
Above: The Capitol Rocketeer Dragster recently painted by Jeff Lewis in 2013. Below is the original
Rocketeer Dragster built by Frameworks and originally owned by Jon Rowley of Phoenix AZ.
Rich Bailey acquired the Rocketeer Dragster almost by accident. Literally. Bailey had just crashed his dragster in Seattle at the start of the season and needed a replacement car since his crashed dragster was beyond repair. Bailey had read online of a blown alcohol dragster for sale in Coos Bay, it was being sold for a third party by Rick Smith, whom Bailey knew from the track. But little did he know it was the Rocketeer that was for sale. “I had seen the Rocketeer in a magazine and was surprised that Rick was selling it. Once I saw it I knew it was a special car and I had to buy it” Bailey said. But money was a concern so he continued to look for a less expensive race car but there was nothing he could fit into or was conducive for blown alcohol.
With few other options available at the time Bailey pulled some strings and bought the car and then had Mark Adams of Supervinyl place a large Capitol decal over the "Rocketeer" name. His first outing with the car was trial by fire, as he returned to Pacific Raceways the track he crashed at two months prior for a division race. It rained as it often does in Seattle and Bailey got one shot at qualifying on Sunday morning of the final day of the event. “It was my first run down the track in the Rocketeer and I did a giant wheelstand. I let it down at half track and did not qualify. I started wondering what I was getting myself into again” Bailey said. Things got better from there as Bailey has been able to keep the Rocketeer from launching into the stratosphere. Once the Capitol team went to Spokane in August they qualified for a Pro Alcohol Dragster race and the car dipped into the 6.80's.
Bailey continued to race the car for several years thinking that the Rocketeer name came from a Disney movie of the same name. “When I bought the car it was referred to as a movie theme car but it turned out that it wasn’t the case. There was a small name on the side of the car that said “Raymond Rides” but there was nobody in the Rocketeer movie with that name” Bailey said.
In the fall of 2010 Bailey went as a spectator-crew member to the California Hot Rod Reunion with the Veney's Vega funny car team. On one of the qualifying days he was walking though the lanes when he saw a front engine dragster called the “Retro Rocket“. Bailey walked up to the team owner and told him he had a car called the Rocketeer that resembled Retro Rocket though it was a rear engine car. The team owner, Jon Rowley, told Bailey he built the Rocketeer and then explained to Bailey that the car was never made after a movie but instead was built for a young boy name Raymond Dixon who had been diagnosed with cancer.
Above: The Retro Rocket front engine dragster, the car Rowley built after the Rocketeer. Original car owner
Jon Rowley is second from the right.
When Rowley found out about the boy’s diagnosis he knew that Raymond like the Rocketeer from comic books and the movie so Rowley had Frameworks built the custom car with not only a Rocketeer paint job but special features that are still on the car to this day. The back of the car behind the engine is completely enclosed and had a little rocketship covered with real diamonds and rubies as a shut off switch which NHRA later ordered it be removed because of the ship’s sharp point. The car also has a polished aluminum strip down the top of the body and a unique nose not found on any other car.
Sadly, Raymond did not survive his fight with cancer and a replica of the Rocketeer was placed in his casket. Ironicly, Bailey, along with his car show partner Jim Billings have promoted many fundraisers for kids and adults with cancer in his home town of Salem, Oregon and have hosted kids with cancer at the track.
Bailey has had the car repainted twice to accommodate his sponsor Capitol Auto Group but saved the Rocketeer character as a testament to kids everywhere fighting childhood cancers. The Rocketeer figure is also a popular marketing tool as it attracts a lot of attention. For two seasons the Rocketeer theme went away as Bailey was aiming for a more corporate theme. But it just wasn't the same without the Rocketeer on the car so at the end of last season Bailey choose to bring the Rocketeer back. After spending two days pulling off vinyl, Bailey and crew member Adam Bradford were able to save the Rocketeer underneath. Jeff Lewis then masked off the character and painted the rest of the panels where the clear had lifted but ended up re-doing the entire body.
The Rocketeer after it was repainted by Dennis Lafferty. The car looked great and the original Rocketeer character was saved.
But the story of the Rocketeer has brought Bailey full circle beginning with his first dragster and a boy he
brought to the track named Caleb Lorance. Caleb had a rare form of cancer and Bailey’s team hosted him
for a day at the races and kept in touch with his family after that day at the track. Sadly, Caleb’s cancer came back a year later so Bailey took the dragster to his house. He put the race car on jackstands and put Caleb in the driver seat and let him mash the throttle while the engine was idling. At the end of the day as Bailey and crew member Dan Dixon were loading up the car, Caleb came out of the house and gave him his baseball cap which Bailey still has in his office today.
After Caleb had passed away it was learned that Caleb made the conscious decision to where the racing shirt Bailey gave him in his death and it's something that has effected the Oregon racer deeply. If there are angels one of them named Caleb was riding with Bailey that day he hit the wall at 140 MPH in Seattle and the Rocketeer Dragster was always meant to be as a result of that dangerous crash.
The California based Rocketeer Funny car is not related to the dragster but there is a mutual respect and friendship between the two teams.
Capitol Rocketeer Dragster Displayed this Past Weekend
The Captiol Auto Group Rocketeer Dragster made its first public appearance of the year at a special "Motorsports Day" event on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Pictured is Richard Klampe talking to tribal members.
On Saturday night the car was at "Racing Night" during "Night Court " a special event held for middle school students every weekend at Talmadge Middle School in Independence, Oregon.
MV Detail and Service Does it Again!
A big thanks to Ryan Valentine at MV Detai and Service for detailing our truck before our first road trip of the year. Just like our blower he made the truck like new. Now the challenge is keeping it that way.
Redesigned Capitol Rocketeer Car Ready to Blast Off!
These are not pictures of the old paint job. The Rocketeer is back! The newly redesigned and repainted Capitol Auto Group Rocketeer Blown Alcohol Dragster is just about ready to go. This past Saturday we took the car out and cleaned it at Morningstar Church and took the occasion to get some photos against some beautiful cherry trees. While the car was out we packed the new chute bags, cleaned the inside of the trailer up and then gave the outside a bath once we brought it home. Meanwhile our truck is at MV Mobile Detail getting cleaned inside and out as well as some modifications.
As many of you know we bought a new set of Brodix 2Xtra heads and we were hoping that the valve train would work with few if any modifications but sadly that wasn't the case so we had to order a new set of Jesel Pro Series rockers which are made to order. The new set won't be here for a week or two so the car won't hit the track until the Season Opener in May at Woodburn Dragstrip. In the mean time the car will be shown at numerous locations and events before the first race on May 18th.
I went out to the Tulip Festival Drags on Sunday and it was pretty cold outside but the track was stellar. Because of the cold weather I had mixed emotions about not testing but it would have been a good low key day to make some test runs had the parts been here. I did sell some parts to help pay for those new rocker arms and I ran into some of my racing friends so it was a good day to be at the track anyway.
The pictures above represent endless hours of hard work and I would like to thank everyone who helped including my team for putting it all together including Rick, Richard, Dave and Adam. I would also like thank Keith and John McCurdy for working on the heads, Jeff Marsh for going through the transmission, Jeff Lewis for the painting, Ryan Valentine for the polishing and Mark Adams for providing the vinyl lettering.
- Rich Bailey
Bob Seger Rocks the Rose Garden!
Here is a quick review on the Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band concert at the Rose Garden, Saturday night March 30th. It was a classy, fun and all around great show with none other than Joe Walsh opening. Both Seger and Walsh sounded as good as ever but you could tell Seger was having the time of his life on the "Rock-n-Roll Never Forgets" tour. And why not? How many 67 year old rock stars can pack one of the biggest arenas in the country and put on a flawless rock-n-roll show that had the fans bagging for more?
The Silver Bullet Band made every song sound perfect and the lights were good but not over the top as it was raw talent holding up this show and nothing more. Classics like Roll Me Away, Traveling Man, Like a Rock, Main Street, Hollywood Nights and of course Night Moves to close the show were executed perfectly during the solid two hour set. The band included nearly twelve musicians including a complete horn section and three back up singers.
Seger was personable and spoke briefly between songs and commented about Oregon's beauty and mentioned a planned trip to Mt Hood (photo) which he visited the following day. It just doesn't get much better than it did Saturday night in Portland, Oregon.
Sneak Peek at New T-Shirt Design
Here is a sneak peek at the new Capitol Racing T-Shirt produced by ProMotion Motorsports Design and will be printed by Image Actionwear. The new shirts will be available starting at the Tulip Festival on April 20.
Check it out here
2013 Promises to be an Action Packed Season!
A couple of years ago the future looked kind of grim for a blown alcohol rear engine dragster, so much so that I put the Rocketeer up for sale in order to move into nostalgia racing. After all, the future of Medford, Yakima and even Spokane didn't look promising at different times. But not any more. Racing in the Northwest looks better than it has in years for blown alcohol dragster racing. We now have more races scheduled than our budget allows. In fact, we had to delete a couple of races just to be sure we could get through the season and not run out of money.
This year we have events scheduled in Spokane, Yakima and of course Woodburn. The turn around came when Craig Smith added two open match races for blown alcohol dragsters in Spokane. We love racing in Spokane and the two new races fill in any voids we had in our schedule. We have not raced in Spokane since we had the late Jeff Lauener helping us so going back will bring back some good memories of him.
If we get through the season without to many battle scars we might add the Halloween Classic in Boise or the Redding Fall Classic race to our schedule. But first we need to honor the commitments we already made. Below is our race schedule for 2013.
SEASON OPENER, WOODBURN
Season Opener is a match race that includes funny cars, dragsters and jets
ROSE FESTIVAL DRAGS, WOODBURN
We will be match racing the Patriot. The event includes funny cars and jets. We will have a special friend at the event.
||NITRO NIGHTS RENEGADE RACEWAY, YAKIMA
This is a chicago style race where funny cars and dragsters race togeher plus jets
||NHRA LUCAS OIL SERIES, WOODBURN
This is an NHRA Regional. We will be competing in Top Dragster at this event only
||FOX HUNT DRAGS SPOKANE
Chicago style match race where the quickest to cars come back for the final
NIGHT OF FIRE WOODBURN
We will be match racing the Patriot. The event includes funny cars, Ed Jones and jets
||JET CAR NIGHT OF FIRE, SPOKANE
Chicago style match race where the quickest to cars come back for the final plus jets
||FALL CLASSIC, WOODBURN
includes funny cars, dragsters and jets
||JUST ADDED! HALLOWEEN CLASSIC, BOISE
The "Rocketeer" is Back With a "New" But Old Look!
The Capitol Rocketeer Dragster is currently getting refinished at the shop that started it all, Jeff Lewis Paint and Hot Rod Shop located in Keizer. The shop, now owned by Jell Lewis has a lot of history with me as that's where I was exposed to drag racing behind the scenes.
At the time Jeff Lewis' father Gary owned the shop and Jeff and I both worked there after school. Gary was also gracious enough to take me in as a crew guy. Those were great years so it's awesome to have the car painted there once again. When Jeff's father owned the business, Gary painted all of the pre-Rocketer cars. And at one time we base our racing operation out of their shop.
This current job began as a touch-up after pulling off the vinyl when the paint came off in a few spots but now the whole car is basically getting repainted other than the panels around the engine and back of the car .The dragster will look similar to the old design which Dennis Laugherty painted four years ago. The Rocketeer character will be back on the side but the car will be different enough to be considered a new look.
I'm real excited to have the Rocketeer back as it generates a lot of attention which is great for our sponsors and it was originally a tribute to a boy by the name of Raymond Dixon who passed away from cancer. I always wanted to bring the Rocketeer back because of that.
Congrats to Capitol Racing's Dave Cookman
Dave Cookman recently became an ordained minister at the regional Racer's For Christ conference held last weekend. Besides becoming an ordained minister and an avid coffee drinker, "Cookie" as we like to call him has a full plate as a Capitol Crew member, owner of a wood working business and works full time at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Dave also bracket races on top of all that. He is a graduate of Northwest University and Forest Grove High School.
Dave got his bug for drag racing growing up in Cornelius, OR. He was a neighbor of Northwest Top Fuel Dragster legend Ernie Hall where he got his first dose of nitro. Dave turned his passion for racing to ministry and often can be seen in the lanes praying with drivers before a run.
Capitol Auto Group Racing is pleased to have Dave on our team and we would like to congratulate him on his high calling and involvement in Racers For Christ.
A Big Double Header! In the Ring of Fire Together:
Night of Fire Welcomes Darin Bay and Ed Jones
This year's Night of Fire Benefit Car Show will be the biggest show yet as not only will Ed "the Outlaw" Jones' and his fire breathing wheelstander be returning to Salem from the high Desert Southwest of Idaho but for the first time in five years Billings and Bailey also welcome the return of Darin Bay and his Warped Speed Jet car!
That's right, for the first time ever both Ed "the Outlaw" Jones and Darin Bay will be in the ring of fire together! It's never happened before and it may never happen again! This will be one show you have to see to believe. We may get arrested after it's over, so see it while you can! It will be pure sensory overload! Once and only once, August, 2, 2013 at the People's Church in Salem! Be there!
Patience is a Virtue as Car Slowly Comes Together
A lot is going on but at the same time it seems like everything is coming together at a snails pace. It would be nice to have the car together over the winter but as always we have a lot of changes taking place in February and into March.
First, we have ordered a new set of Brodix heads which should be here in just a couple weeks. Once we get the new heads I'll hand them off to John and Keith McCurdy to set up. The bad news is that the manifold I bought wasn't drilled for the 1471 blower so I'm having to put it up for sale. It's a nice piece otherwise.
Meanwhile, we have the body panels at Jeff Lewis' paint shop for a little bit of a make over. The Rockeer will be back on the side of the dragster and I can't wait to get the panels back on the car to see how it's going to look.
Have you seen the rotating pics on the top of the web page yet? Pretty cool huh? Just the latest thing to upgrade the site to keep it interesting.
Scott Casebeer Selected as Salem's First Citizen
Congratulations to Capitol Auto Group CEO Scott Casebeer for being named "Salem's First Citizen. Scott and his wife Carrie have done a lot for local charities in the Salem area, they employ a lot of people and have certainly done a lot for our race team. We want to thank them for another great year and appreciate their generosity.
King Engine Bearings Renews Sponsorship
King Engine Bearings has renewed their product sponsorship program with Rich Bailey and ProMoton Motorsports, home of the Capitol Auto Group Dragster. King Engine Bearings is a world-class developer and manufacturer of engine bearings for automobiles, light and heavy-duty trucks, marine, aviation, standby power and other types of internal combustion engines.
In addition, King is quickly becoming well known for their high performance bearings which is proven to hold up to severe abuse on the race track. "We are very excited to once again represent King Engine Bearings and their quality line of products. We have had great luck with them and have taken note of the precision engineering that goes into each bearing" said Bailey.
Through the years, King has developed and maintained a philosophy of constant improvement, from bearing design and engineering to customer service. The company is a certified TS16949 (automotive) and AS9100 (aerospace) manufacturer, producing to the highest statistical quality control standards.
King's only product is engine bearings. As a result of its specialization and focus, the company is recognized for producing the highest quality engine bearings available in the market today.
The King line includes OEM replacement rod, main, cam bearings, and thrust washers and its special range of high performance bearings.
Capitol Auto Group Renews Marketing Partnership with Rich Bailey for Thirteenth Straight Season
The Capitol car returns with the retro Rocketeer paint job and the latest Capitol logo with blue striping on the cowel of the car.
Capitol Auto Group, a Chevrolet, Cadillac, Scion, Subaru and Toyota dealer based in Salem have renewed their marketing partnership with Rich Bailey for the thirteenth straight year. The dealership has a big presence in the community as Capitol was recently named "2012 Salem Business of the Year" by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Bailey is also well connected in the community and is excited to race and promote Capitol Auto Group for yet another year. "Capitol has been a great partner and I'm excited to have the opportunity to represent them for another season both on and off the track" Bailey said.
This season the car will go retro as Bailey is bringing back the popular Rocketeer theme that the car sported in 2010 but Capitol will have a larger, more pronounced look then it did then. "The Rocketeer theme was a big plus because it attracted a lot of attention which is good for Capitol. The vinyl wrap from last season looked great but heading into the third year with it made me decide it was time for a change back to what made the car stand out as the Capitol Auto Group Rocketeer dragster" Bailey said.
In addition to Capitol, Bailey enjoys associate sponsors including Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, NGK Spark Plugs, Image Actionwear, KYKN, Walery's Pizza, Competition Printing, SS Specialties, King Engine Bearings, Supervinyl Signs and Banners, Clear Signal, Marsh-Canby Transmissions, Adams Rib BBQ Sauce, Salem Geeks and MV Mobile Detail.
Winter Rod and Speed Show 2013 a Success!
There was a lot to see and do at this year's Winter Rod and Speed Show held in Albany
The 2013 Winter Rod and Speed Show located inside the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany was a giant success as over 100 cars were in attendance along with a lot of different activities for spectators. This year's group of cars were over all the best we have seen at the Winter Show in terms of quality. Many show patrons commented on the wide variety of cars and activities found at this year's show.
The King of the show was Don and Robin Pyle's new Willys Ameicar (shown above) that was unveiled to a large crowd shortly after the show began. Don was choked up by the outpouring of interest and that all of his hard work had finally come to fruition. He passed over a California show to debut the car in Albany.
A wide variety of cars made this year's event a great father and son outing.
Over 2,500 people people looked over hot rods, race cars, street rods and classics. In addition, NHRA champ 240 Gordie and NBA Star Scott Haskin were signing autographs and were a big draw in the Clear Signal Booth. The event also included a NASCAR simulator, Reptile Man, model car contest hosted by national model car figure Ed January and Stan Reaser, a pinstriping exhibition, music by Apollo 4 and a slot car track thanks to Glen Fuller from A Step Above Hobby. This year, the model car and pinstriping expo were moved into the lobby which proved to be a popular location as most patrons stopped on their way out to look over the fine artistic displays. Also, the live surfer music by Apollo 4 was well received and made some patrons asking for more.
Scott Haskin signing cards with Janelle Roah, sales manager of Clear Signal in the background
For the first time the show included a food drive which was a big success. The drive was designed to helped unemployed families in Linn County. All the food will be picked up by FISH and distributed to low income families in the area. Some families brought cases and sacks of food to the show. On Friday night there was a big exhibitor's pizza feed and reception that was very popular with car owners and vendors. The dinner was held during set up and was closed to the general public.
A big thanks to those that participated. Also, a big thanks to KRKT, KLOO, Joe Radio, KYKN, Clear Signal, The Lars Larson Show, Albany NAPA Auto Parts, BI-Mart, Tom's Tropies, Jeff Howell, Burgerville and Bi Mart. Thanks also to Cece, Richard, Diana, Paul, Dave, Vickie, Cookie, Craig, The Professor, and Adam for their hard work in making the event a success.
Capracing.com Has Best Year Ever!
Capitol Auto Group Racing would like to wish everyone a happy and safe New Year. We would also like to thank each and every one of you for making this website, capracing.com a success! This year alone capracing.com had nearly 1.5 Million Hits, our best year ever according to Awstats that keeps track of this stuff. The actual number for 2012 was 1,466,336 hits. Hits are defined as every time somone clicks on something that's on your website. So, each visitor will likely give you multible hits. The site also attracted nearly 20,000 different visitors (19,819) for a total of 32,581 visits for the year. Not too bad for this little racing team out of Oregon.
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