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*Firebird Raceway,
Boise June 15-16

*Spokane County Raceway
June 23-24

*Renegade Raceway, Yakima
June 29-30

*Lost Creek Raceway, Anaconda (Butte) July 6-7

*Spokane County Raceway
August 17-18

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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


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


Winter Rod and Speed Show: Another Success For Eleventh Straight Year!

The Winter Rod and Speed Show presented by Albany Burgerville and Wilson’s NAPA Auto Parts had all the ingredients for another great show: immaculate show cars, a celeb appearance, vendors, live music and a wide variety of customs, race cars, trucks, motorcycles and classics. This year the eleventh annual event grew to two buildings for the first time in three years, making it the second biggest indoor car show in the state.

The event was completely full by Christmas which necessitated the need for a second building which was named the Motorsports and Special Interest Expo which attracted a wide variety of cars and earned lots of compliments from spectators. Also new this year was a classic rock band, Uncommon Denominator, which played on Friday night giving the show a much more festive atmosphere. They even got some people dancing in the isle and that was okay with us!

The Crowd on Friday was larger than last year and more food was collected for the Friday Night Food Drive. Saturday was steady all day as both days combined brought in 2,500 spectators and the car count exceeded 130 vehicles.

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AmericanMuscle’s F-150 Store Moves to AmericanTrucks’ Website
Silverado and F-150 Parts Exclusively Available on

PAOLI, PA. (January 24th, 2018) – has been the home of aftermarket Ford parts for Mustangs and F-150’s since the beginning of this century. However, it is time to announce the successful transition of our F-150 Store to, and for good this time.

If you visited AmericanTrucks’ website prior to today, you may have noticed the F-150 tab redirected to AmericanMuscle’s F150 Store. This is no longer the case; is now the exclusive home to all our F-150 parts and accessories, alongside other domestic truck models like Silverado, Sierra, and Ram.

No need to worry though, AmericanMuscle will continue to provide all of your favorite Mustang parts, technical guides, and video content.

We welcome all of our customers­­, new, old and prospective, to visit us at our F-150 store at its new location at where we will continue to provide our patrons with all the best parts, information and everything F-150.

About AmericanTrucks
AmericanTrucks is the number one leader in providing aftermarket parts and accessories for Chevrolet Silverados, GMC Sierras, Dodge Rams, and Ford F-150s. Catering to the needs and demands of late-model truck owners and enthusiasts, AmericanTrucks provides the most desirable parts at the best prices. Located just outside of Philadelphia, AmericanTrucks is dedicated to offering the truck community with the highest quality of parts and service. Please visit for more information.


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