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No Brakes Stop Capitol Team at Tulip!

Unfortunately, the Tulip Festival race was not the outing we were hoping for, especially since it was our first ever DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder race at Woodburn. All ten cars that entered showed up but by the second round only four were left. Several teams broke and we were one of them. Too bad as I'm convinced that we would have made the B final. On a side note, I was very disappointed at the spectators that had expressed interest in having this race but didn't show up to support it.

Normally we need to have a test session to get all of the bugs worked out of the car at the start of the season. But what seems to be the story of my life, we had a lot of unplanned set backs over the last few weeks which closed the gap on having the car ready to go on time for the Tulip Festival Drags. Normally, this race rains out but this year it was sunny but cold at times.

On top of all the set backs, I was out of town for a graduation for two days prior to the event. While at the airport on Wednesday, I ordered a missing part from Biondo Racing but as our luck would have it UPS did not deliver the part which had us scrambling to rig something up at the last possible minute. By Friday evening that was fixed but it took up five hours of time trying to remedy the problem with different parts bought at Ace Hardware and Steve Tepper's Performance Racing.

On Saturday we had a whole flurry of gremlins that needed to be addressed and 100 percent of our time from 8 am to 7 pm was fixing the problems which included a dead battery, a loose starter ring and several other problems we had not anticipated. We were very fortunate to have Keith McCurdy helping us as we were a long way from having a running car without him.

On Sunday morning, we had one more qualifying shot even though the race is supposed to be an all run affair starting at noon. No problem, we needed the check out pass anyway and we were finally ready after running out of problems to fix. The car fired up easily and it felt and sounded like old times. I did my burnout and the car kept rolling. I then realized that I had no brakes so I slowly coasted through and had enough power to get off the track. We walked the car back to the pits and it turned but that a plate which held the caliper in place broke which sheered off a brake line. I checked the other caliper and it was solid so it was a fluke.

The silver lining is this: had the brakes held together through the buurnout and then the problem occured on the full run then I might not be typing this story right now. I would either be in the hospital or licking my wounds with a tore up race car. The other positive is that we now have a strong engine now that is ready to go for the June race in Boise. Thanks so much to Steve, Keith, Dave and Russ for hanging in there it was a tough weekend and everyone worked hard to get the car running properly!

- Rich Bailey

Capitol Race Team Partners with The Children’s Cancer Association

The Capitol Dragster at the Cancer Relay for Life in 2018

Rich Bailey, driver of the Capitol Auto Group Dragster, will be partnering with the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) for the 2019 racing season to help deliver joy to seriously ill kids and teens in the Portland area.

“Cancer affects people of all ages and walks of life, so we thought we could do some good supporting this organization. The effects of cancer have enormous impacts on the entire family and CCA is there to make things just a little more tolerable by transforming even the smallest moment into a joyful one,” Bailey said.

Bailey is not new to the organization or donating his resources to the cancer fight. Bailey, a co-founder of the Winter Rod and Speed Show, along with Jim Billings and show sponsor Burgerville, have been donating a portion of the Winter Rod and Speed Show’s proceeds to CCA for many years and will again this year. Most recently, the 200 MPH dragster was displayed at the Relay For Life and Bailey has hosted many families affected by cancer at the track.

Bailey plans to host “a day at the races” for CCA-served kids and their families. Bailey will also display race cars at CCA-related events and even feature CCA’s logo on one of the cars.

“People always ask about the names on the car, so this will be an incredible opportunity to help build CCA’s awareness and give us a chance to direct people to CCA that may know someone that needs the support,” said Bailey.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Rich and the race team and look forward to hosting CCA families at the race track. Thank you so much for helping us deliver many moments of joy for seriously ill kids and teens in our community,” said CCA Event Specialist Bryndis Hjalmarsdottir.

In addition to CCA, the Capitol Race Team is a part of the Drums and Disabilities charity. The race car competes on the DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Series race circuit, which has races in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.


Bailey's Blog:
The Pomona Pit Rat Report

The new DHL Top Fueler looks sharp but DHL is not new over in the Kalitta camp.

Of all the races I could have made it to the Winternationals was a poor choice. The last time I was at the Winternationals Don "the Snake" Prudhomme was still driving the Skoal Bandit Top Fuel Dragster but it just wasn't as great this time around as it was in back then. Let's start with the rain. Being from Oregon, I felt right at home with cold temps and lots of rain. Regardless, they got the race in after having to stretch it out until Monday. Hat’s off to NHRA for handling the situation as well as anyone could.

The other thing that was troubling was the shortage of cars in most of the classes including Top Fuel. This made qualifying anti-climatic. Sadly thought it wasn’t just the rain and short fields that were disappointing, it’s what the pro Mello Yello series has evolved into. What was once a spectacular sport, has turned into a sport no longer very exciting even though the cars go 300 MPH.

Gone are the long burnouts and the cackle from the engines. There's the shorter track and lots of aborted runs. Also gone is the persona of open access to just about everyone’s pit area. The welcome mat has slowly evolved into a no trespassing sign other than signs welcoming corporate guests of it’s current sponsor. Granted, I have seen this for several years but now with the independent teams evaporating before our very eyes it’s much more obvious that it's more of a country club setting for VIP's than it ever used to be.

Now, every row in the pro pits is just about taken up by one multi-car team and endless hospitality trailers. What used to take one semi to support a professional team now takes two hooked together and a special tent to grind clutches. There is usually another tractor trailer at the top end of the track loaded with additional parts and machines. Add up the cost for three semis per car to conduct business around the country twice and it’s not a wonder the pro pits are beginning to thin out. Of course every team has their descretion of how many trailers they need on the road but the point is what small independent team can afford to compete with all that? One single car team I used to do PR for went through four engines at the World Finals alone!

Once Billy Meyer said let’s take drag racing to the next level. Congratulations, we are now there but it didn’t help. Instead, going to the next level made everything worse. Now, it cost so much to race one of these cars that the ROI (return on investment) isn’t what it once was. In 1990 everyone had a deal and you could budget a team for a full season for under $500,000. Now, it takes three million per year and counting. Usually, the Winternationals is known for all of the new look cars and new sponsors coming out. Not this year. Other than a smattering of news regarding the multi-car teams, Jim Dunn appeared to be one of the only teams to have a fresh new sponsor program that included a wrap on the semi and on the car.

Usually in National Dragster's first issue there’s a “What’s New” section that gives its reader’s the scoop on exciting new sponsors and paint schemes. Not this year. Really the only big news besides a second Top Fuel team for Force was the reverse, that Tony Schumacher would not be racing at Pomona. Making it to “the next level” never improved the sport’s popularity with major sports publications either. USA Today didn’t even bother to report on the Winternationals while dedicating a lot of space to a stock car race that hadn’t been run yet. All “the next level” has done for drag racing is increased operating costs and consolidated the pro classes into a half dozen teams.

As someone who has supported this sport my whole life, I take no joy in reporting this. There have been a lot of suggestions made leading up to this year’s Winternationals about cutting costs. The longtime fans knew this day would eventually come. Now major league drag racing is at a cross roads and it’s time get serious and cut costs so more teams can once again enter the sport before just the big three are left.

- Rich Bailey


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