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Bailey's Blog
Capitol Dragster Almost Ready for 2018 Amidst Setbacks Both Big and Small

Well, first the good news: the Capitol team stepped up and got a new truck. Well new to us but it's a beauty, a red 2011 Chevy Duramax or was. Our beautiful truck was rear ended before I was even able to make a payment on it. But it will be fixed it's just taking a while for the Allstate Insurance Company gets things moving.

The tough thing is when we got it, it had a flat bed on it and Otis did all of this hard work to transform it in to the truck that it is now. So that part of it really sucks. But my long time friend Jeff Lewis is handling the repairs and he will make it better than new. I'm just glad the vehicle I was in at the time of the crash was big enough to protect me from injury. Since then I have called back into service my yellow Camaro. The bad thing is that it's on a lease and I am over the mileage limit so now I will have to buy the car when the lease it up to avoid paying 25 cents a mile. If you ever lease select the maximum miles because you never know what's going to happen in the future.

As for the dragster, it's almost ready with Otis again working his tail off on it. We had several first time set backs starting in November when Keith McCurdy discovered some cracks inside the old Rodeck block. One new block later and there has been new setbacks that come with a new block. As usual we hit these curve balls out of the park one at a time and then move on to the next problem. Today we found a spark Plug hole has a bur in it and there's a problem with the fuel pump drive.

Most of the spring has been wet so we haven't really missed anything but today's Tulip Festival and the truck crash wiped those plans out but we were not ready to run the car anyway so that's okay. Our first race that counts is in Boise, June 15-16 so we will have until the middle of June to get the car down the track. So, maybe the best thing to do is just relax and take our time. I will say this, the car itself looks better than ever so I can't wait to get it out and show it off. As soon as the truck is fixed that is. Come on Allstate lets get it done!

- Rich Bailey


Otis Pettit Steps Up to Car Chief

Capitol Auto Group Racing Team member Brent Sanford has decided to step down as Car Chief in order to take care of his mother who has sadly undergone treatment for a recent illness. As a result, Capitol Racing welcomes Otis Pettit as the new car chief replacing Brent Sanford. Other team members will be announced soon.

Otis Pettit, who resides in Dallas, has already shown great skills and has a firm mechanical background, and has also displayed the grit and the drive needed to be successful in professional drag racing. Brent will help out locally and assist Otis when he can but will be unable to travel out of state. We wish Brent and his mother Jan well and hope for a good outcome.


Cap Racing Teams up with"Hurricane Hanneman" for Two Car Team in 2018

It's been an up in the air off season to say the least for our race team. And while there are still some uncertainty out there, everything is now more in focus then it was just a month ago. We are blessed to have Capitol Auto Group back as our primary sponsor for the 18th season along with most of our valued marketing partners. This season we will have a new engine built by Keith McCurdy of Competition Performance and Repair. This engine project actually began last year and now it's full speed ahead with the best parts money can buy. We also had Russ Meek's coat our headers which will really shine up those headers.

Keith McCurdy align hones the new engine block at Don's Machine Shop.

Speaking of new, we have a new team member, Otis Pettit. I'm very excited that we grabbed on to Otis at the end of last year as he's going to be a great addition to our team. He is quite an impressive guy who owns his own shop and even a hamburger stand out in Dallas. We also have brought on Franks Munz who is a retired mechanic that will assist me on the display end and will help out at the track.

The sad news is we lost Troy "Hurricane" Hannemman or did we? He had so much fun racing with us he went out and bought his own car! I was hoping his new house project would stall things a year or two but he's going racing this year which leads me to a big announcement. Troy and I have joined forces and are going to be a two car team this year! We will independently own and run our own cars but we will pit together and help each other out. I hate the multi-car teams in NHRA but I think this will work out well for both of us. We are already seeing the fruit of each other's expertise.

We still have a couple of months to so before we see any track time so for now we will work on our cars and get them ready to so.

- Rich Bailey


American Muscle News!

AM host Justin Dugan gives you the inside scoop on the 2019 California Special and Saleen Mustangs. Even though the Mustang was refreshed in 2018, Ford Motor Company shows the world they still have a few tricks up their sleeve with some new features and updates you’ll want to hear from our man, JD.

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Now on American Trucks' "The Haul"

On AmericanTrucks’ latest episode of The Haul, AT host, Adam Maqboul, brings us a purpose and function driven Utility-style build for our 2014 5.3 Chevy Silverado Pickup. Among several featured items, Adam demonstrates the benefits of Timbren’s Suspension Enhancing System and shows off its ability to handle heavy loads. Other products like Leitner’s super-cool bed rack and gear pods are also featured in this episode. Do you think you know what it takes to create the best work truck out there?

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Opinion: Bailey's Blog
New NHRA President Starts Off 2018 Drag Racing Season on the Right Foot

It appears that the new President of NHRA, Glen Cromwell, has the sport of drag racing in his best interest. In a recent interview in National Dragster magazine Mr. Cromwell had good answers and my confidence in NHRA has been restored after falling off the rails for a while especially after the news that Englishtown had abruptly closed. However, NHRA as well as local racers had no idea this awful decision was coming down the pike until the night before the big announcement was made. But still, one has to question the health of the sport after that bombshell.

Mr. Cromwell is looking to grow the sport and unlike former President Tom Compton he's not an outsider, so all indications are that he has his heart in the right place. To be fair Mr. Compton did some good things like landing Coke-a-Cola as the series sponsor, but at the end of his tenure he pretty much left the sport as he found it sans some loyal life time employees in a mass firing and an embarrassing attempt to sell the NHRA which exposed the series weakness for a short time when Direct TV refused the deal.

Mr. Cromwell touched on some good points like admitting kids under 13 to it's NHRA nationals events for free. However, in the past they have missed the boat on how to market this. People now days especially heads of house holds count every dime and can't always afford to take the family to a national sporting event of any kind. However, if they know there is a family package to get them into the races at an affordable price they will more likely go if they are cassual fans. This will help fill seats in markets such as Chicago and Bristol. And while you are at it Mr. Cromwell, why not enlarge the general admission sections and include some family sections as well?

On the racer side, the DOT RULES are really the snake in the grass for the sportsman racers and non-touring pros. When your sportsman racers can’t legally get to the track without a CDL, a DOT number and the looming ELD program there’s a big problem. NHRA needs to form a group including other motorsport series and the horse show industry and hire some lawyers and lobbyists to push back on these rules for racers who don't compete for a living. And getting back to Englishtown, NHRA also needs to study sound barriers to prevent more track closures.

Beyond that, I think Glen Cromwell will do well for our sport. He just has to work on filling seats in some markets and fill the pits with cars.

- Rich Bailey



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