Fauble's Scream Booked for Winter Show!
Rod and Speed Show is pleased to announce that Garry Fauble's
wild "Screem" 57' Chevy Blown Pro Mod will be one of
the featured cars to headine the shown on January 31. The benefit
event will be held at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany.
This show stopper will be worth the trip! People wanting to exhibit
their car can Contact us and we will send you out an application.
Clarion Call to Blown Alcohol Racers
Blown Alcohol Racers I need your input. Would you compete at
NHRA events if a new qualified eight car blown alcohol class
was established? Contact us and let me know your thoughts!
time is now for a blown alcohol class at the division level called
Pro Comp. This new class that I and others propose would be a
heads-up start with a 6.50 ceiling. The class would be only open
to BLOWN ALCOHOL CARS period. Dragsters, funny cars, Pro Mods
and altereds, sort of like in the old Pro Comp days but without
weight minimums or engine size rules. For those of you that may
not known the history, back in 1980 NHRA split the original Pro
Comp class into Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Today, these Top Alcohol classes have gone the way of Top Fuel
leaving a lot of teams out in the cold unable to afford to race.
One driver in the TA/FC figures he's spending $10,000 per race!
I would race Top Alcohol in a minute but the financial gulf between
what we are doing now and that class is too great.
the other side you have blown alcohol cars in the Top Dragster
class. The blown folks in Top Dragster now recognize that racing
a BLOWN ALCOHOL CAR IN TOP DRAGSTER IS NO LONGER CONDUCIVE for
a lot of reasons including: self starting rules, towing back,
and the consistantcy in a carburetor car vs a blown alcohol car.
past weekend I talked to every blown alcohol team in the Top
Dragster class that was in Medford and they all agree it's time
for a new blown class. Even Bucky Austin is on board with the
concept. All but one racer thought it should be heads-up, pro
no handy cap start. The 6.50 ceiling is only in place
to keep the costs from getting out of control but there would
be no handy cap at the starting line. Runs over 6.50 would not
count in qualifying and in eliminations it would be a disqualification.
result of the new class is beneficial to everyone. For NHRA it
will mean the return of some racers currently sitting home. It
will also mean some new teams will move up and join the class.
For the fans it means an exciting heads-up blown alcohol class
where floppers will take on dragsters meaning a better show for
the money. And for the blown alcohol racers it gives them an
economical class to race in once again where there's an actual
chance to win.
the carburetor contingent continue to bracket race in Top Dragster
and give the blown teams and low-buck Top Alcohol Teams a new-heads
up class that the fans would enjoy. Racing a blown car should
be all-out racing with no dangerous break tapping or fun and
games at the finish line and no handy-cap start. Blown cars should
be able to use a blower starter and be towed to and from the
pits without any controversies. This class has been on our radar
screen for a long time and now is the time to get it done for
just a few days as requested by the Division Director, Johnathan
Adams I will be submitting a list of racers that will support
such a class. If you want to be on this list please email me
at capitolracing @hotmail.com
I try to write these race reports as a semi-serious news story
but lately the capracing.com site has been called a "blog"
so I guess I'll blog it this time around. But before I do, just
a word of thanks to everyone that cruises over to our web site.
This fall I'll keep plugging away with new stories even now that
the season is coming to a close.
had a another great weekend in Medford as the Capitol car ran
in the sixes on every pass but one. On the run that it didn't,
the shifting chip rattled out of the box, probably due to the
vibration from the burnout. As a result the car didn't shift
so I got out of it. Other than that the car ran flawlessly and
through the first two sessions we qualified number three but
moved to number four when Matt Mahoney in Bucky Austin's car
moved up one and knocked us down to the number four spot. Speaking
of Bucky, he sought us out in the lanes to run us in qualifying.
When we staged I looked up and saw Matt was pre-staged so I moved
in but it turned out it was a crewman's foot in the beam so I
had to get off the converter and wait. We both ran in the sixes
and after the run I went over and appologised to Bucky and he
was cool about it. I was thinking "sheez I get to run against
an icon like Bucky and staged to quickly". But in reality
I didn't do anything wrong as the pre-stage light was on at the
time I moved in. The nice thing for the Capitol team is that
we're running right with them and when you consider their financial
resources and Bucky's tuning abilities, that's pretty awsome
to be running at that level.
little incident that occured happened on the final qualifying
pass. I couldn't turn in to the wide turnout as my opponent passed
it right when I would have needed to turn in. So I had to go
to the last turn off at the top of the hill and barely got around
the corner and off the track when I ran out of fuel. Meanwhile,
at the starting line the starter held our chase truck back so
more cars could run. So I was stuck up there. Finally, the crew
got up there and was hooking the car up when "the Colonel"
comes charging up in his Super Comp-style dragster and cussed
up a blue streak as we were blocking the lane. This is just one
more reason why the blown cars should be seperated from these
carberated Super Comp cars. Many of these Super Comp racers have
no patients for the blown teams that take longer to start and
need to be towed back. But this situation would have never happened
had my crew not been held back at the line for five minutes.
Ah, Capitol Racing, loved by the fans hated by Super Comp racers.
into eliminations we were qualifed 4th with a 6.89 and met JR
Leercamp in the first round. Now, JR races one of those Super
Comp styles cars and can run right on the dial. With a blown
car we never know what she'll do so we have to annalize all of
the runs and make an educated guess based on the current weather.
I figured it would run a 6.92 or a 6.93 so I dialed it in at
a 6.90 to avoid a break out. I gave her all I could and was closing
in on JR but he got the stripe. I ended up running a 6.99, nearly
a tenth off the dial and that was more than enough for JR to
of the outcome of the race, the car ran consistantly well and
we got beat fair and square. As I climbed out of the car for
the last time this season, Brent looked at me and said "it's
been a good season, Rich". Yes it has. We've had great success
in match racing and the car has not hurt one single part since
May. Anytime you can run in the sixes most of the season and
not hurt anything you know you're on to something good.
to Brent and Jerry for all of their help this weekend. Thanks
also gose out to Travis and his dad Jack. They always come out
and watch us when we come to town. This time around we put Travis,
a high school student, to work and he did a great job.
Cup was a barnburner (on Saturday) and it was well worth our
first ever trek to Sacramento Raceway Park. A full house saw
ten nostalgia Top Fuel cars, Jet cars, blown alcohol front engine
cars, CIFCA funny cars and the Top Eliminator West series. We
raced in the Top Eliminator West (TEW) class that was mostly
made up of blown alcohol dragsters and funny cars. Some of them
could run in the top alcohol class. The rules are simple run
as fast as you can but under 6.30 seconds. Only the quickest
eight cars get in the show.
we qualified 7th in a very tight eight car field. In fact, I
made my best run ever, a 6.76 under the lights, during Friday's
opening round! On our second qualifying round we ran a 6.79 in
the heat! This set up a first round meeting with the number two
qualifier Simon Procopenko who basically races a top alcohol
dragster that easily runs in the 6.30's. I jokingly told Simon
prior to the first round that it was going to be "David
vs. Goliath". We were the under dog but we were there to
capitalize on any mistake that our opponent might make.
Unfortunately, it was our team that made the mistake as our air
bottle was lower than what the gage read and I couldn't get the
car off the starting line after letting go of the button. That
will never happen again as we will weigh the bottles from now
on. I felt a little better when Simon ripped off a 6.37 so we
were at least three tenths too slow, and would not have won no
matter how well we would have ran, but I'm sure it would have
been a great pass though. The announcer spoke real highly of
our car and the fans gave us a nice applause in spite of the
problem. We almost got reinstated because it appeared that another
car might not make the call in the semifinals but they fixed
it in time so that was it.
of the outcome it was a fun event for us. Our close friends Mark
and Sheila Nelson and their son Jake, along with some of their
friends came over from the Bay Area to watch us run. Sadly all
they got to see was a good burnout but they had a great time
regardless. Also, my friend Ron Ward, who has a CIFCA funny car
under construction came out and gave us a hand when we were short
for Top Eliminator West, what a great bunch of racers they are!
All the teams are top notch and were very accommodating to us.
Most of the teams came over and welcomed us into their association.
Right now, we are planning to race with Top Eliminator West twice
in Sacramento next season and then possibly a third race in Medford
that's now being discussed. Thanks to Curtis and Melanie Clevenger
for rolling out the red carpet to Capitol Racing. On the way
home we dropped off our trailer in Medford as we will be racing
at Champion Raceway this weekend for our final event of the year.
Team Ends Local Season on High Note
team had a spectacular weekend at what has turned out to be one
of Woodburn's finest annual events, the Fall Classic. The track
was good in both lanes as the Capitol car made all four of its
runs in 6.80 zone to the delight of a packed house. On both days
driver Rich Bailey ran a single in the first round before taking
on an opponent in the second round. On Saturday, Bailey had a
little better luck getting down the track than Gary Eickman in
his nitro burning "Black Pearl " front engine dragster.
Eickman hit a slick spot after a funny car oiled down the track
and got out of shape as Bailey charged ahead to the finish line.
Also, Saturday was the day of our annual sponsor's BBQ. Thanks
to Adam's Rib for catering the lunch it was great and it received
plenty of compliments by everyone. No pulled pork was left at
the end of the day.
the second stanza on Sunday, Bailey took on another one of his
favorite racers, Bernie Rugg, in his incredible 57 Chevy Funny
car. Rugg, one of the best leavers around, killed Bailey at the
tree but was unable to hold the lead as Bailey nipped him at
the stripe in what was nearly a too close to call race. It was
one of the most exciting races of the day for the featured cars
and the fans loved it.
Great 70'S Funny Car Site Uncovered
Jim Rockstad will love this, as well as anyone who loved the
1970's Revell Funny Car scene. There's a new web site featuring
photos from Portland International Raceway (when it wasn't to
loud) and expertly built models. The first section is full of
the greatest funny car models ever built and below that is a
gallery full of photos from some of PIR's greatest races in the
mid-1970's. Go to http://www.riversbendranch.net/ to check it
Car Displayed at Salem Cruise-ins
car was on display at two different shows on Labor Day weekend.
First, the Capitol car was at the last Friday night Cruise-in
of the year at Rock-n-Rogers under the Pink Cadillac sign on
Market Street. The cruise -in while small in size had a pretty
good crowd. Even Willie Nelson's bus drove right by the parked
dragster in route to the fairgrounds.
Saturday, after being absent for four years, the Capitol car
was at one of the biggest car events in Salem, the popular Carousel
Cruise. What a great event this was as there were over 200 cars
on display. The weather was pleasant and everyone seemed to be
in a good spirits. As usual the car generated a lot of interest
and we even had Paul Make do some striping on the car while we
were there. Thanks to the Willamette Street Rods for inviting
Masters Named Host Club
Street Masters will be the host club for the 2009 Winter Rod
and Speed Show. Applications are already going out and so far
the interest level for the show is high!
Show Expands; Returns Jan. 31
winter seems like it's a long time from now, it's really just
a football season away. And then it will be time for the Second
Annual Winter Rod and Speed Show. Last year we received a lot
of feed back from patrons asking that we do it again. Not only
are we going to do it again, we are expanding the popular car
show by relocating it to the main exhibition hall at the Linn
County Expo Center in Albany on January 31, 2009. Last year the
building that we used was filled to capacity and luckily we didn't
have to turn away any entries, but there wasn't any room for
one more car. We also had a great crowd especially between 10am
in the bigger building, space is still limited and we want to
encourage anyone interested in showing their car to please get
their entries in as early as possible. We are getting started
earlier this time around so we can get applications in the hands
of exhibitors before the outdoor events conclude for the summer.
Applications will soon be available online and will also be available
this weekend at Rock-n-Rogers Cruise-in this Friday and at the
Carousel Cruise, Saturday at Salem's Waterfront Park.
beneficiaries of the show will be announced here shortly. As
always everything we make less expenses goes directly to the
people in need. You are a key to the success of this event and
just by participating you make a difference in someone's life.
Last year's event was a blast and you won't want to miss this
year's show wheather you're a spectator or exhibitor. Feel free
to Contact us to reserve a space
Click here to see pics from this year's show
Dragster is "Too Loud" to Compete at Portland's First
NHRA National Open!
Since Portland International Raceway was deballed of any spectator
oriented drag racing events in 1986 (see stories below) local
racing of any interest to spectators was shifted to Woodburn
Dragstrip, one of the northwest's finest facilities, located
20 minutes south of Portland. What was left in Portland was Wednesday
night bracket races. Finally, after 22 years the Portland track
received a noise variance for it's first official "big time"
drag race or did they? While the facility did receive a noise
variance for the NHRA National Open it wasn't enough to allow
for any "big time" cars.
on TV promising "the return of big time drag racing"
allegedly showed some images of blown cars. Admittedly, I didn't
see those ads but I did see on their web site that they were
promising big time drag racing with no explaination of a noise
limit. Unfortunately for fans that come out this weekend, after
seeing that ad on TV they won't actually see anything much faster
than a typical super comp style car, with the one exception being
the Fig Speed car with collectors on it, was below the noise
limit. On top of all that, all of the racing was limited to just
the eighth mile.
only car on the grounds on Friday that was of the blower and
zoomie variety which resembling anything close to a top alcohol
dragster was the Capitol car. And sadly our car was too loud
to meet the stringent 115 DB noise limit by 3 DB on what was
likely the day's quickest run, a 4.45. The options were to either
show "some effort" and quiet the car down or put it
in the trailer. Since a set of car headers would cost nearly
$200.00 and might not remedy the problem the Capitol team packed
it up and headed for home. Other racers such as John and George
Evans from Canada, who were also to loud did buy a set of car
headers but was still to loud for the noise police. However,
since they were "making an effort" the track officials
said they would work with them.
addition to the noise, there were other problems that were a
concern for any long 270 inch blown alcohol dragster like ours:
the road off the track was very narrow and sharp with very little
room for a car such as ours to make the turn off
of the track.
There was also an area where the indy cars would pit, that area
was just coned off rather than secured with cement barriers.
of the pleasant surprises was that the track was very smooth
and not bumpy which was contrary to what we had previously heard.
And, the pits and main enterence are well landscaped. Also, running
at Portland exposed a problem with our electronics which we would
not have known about until the Fall Classic. The trip to Portland
gave us the perfect place to discover and remedy the glitch while
not having to experience the problem in Woodburn.
certainly appreciate and support what Pete and the PIR staff
is trying to do, and hopefully next year they will get the noise
variance increased to 120 DB so we don't have this problem. We
also believe this might not have been the best race to advertise.
All it does is demonstrate to the public just how pathetic the
noise limits are in Portland with the absence of a real show
that would include alcohol cars, jets and wheelstanders, the
stuff that people really want to see.
Loud for the Track? Display it Instead!
Capitol Racing went into the Plan B mode when we learned that
the dragster was too loud to race in Portland and instead took
the car to Albany's Timberlinn Park for the Wa Chang Oregon Air
and Art Fair. The event featured a big car show, air show, art
fair, fireworks and even a great concert by none other than the
Little River Band! The plan couldn't have worked out any better
as the car was displayed along a pedestrian area leading up to
the entrance of the food and Art area and was just over a knoll
from the ampatheater. The reaction to the car was incredible
as it generated a lot of interest by nearly everyone that walked
by. Even Rick Jones came by! It's possible that there were more
people at the Wa Chang Oregon Air and Art Fair than at the race
which we were banned from judging by all the people at the concert,
but we still would rather had been racing.
Draws Big Crowds at Airshow
The Capitol Auto Group Dragster is once again a big hit at the
Oregon International Airshow in Hillsboro drawing attention from
all walks of life. Everyone you can imagine from familys with
kids to senior citizens and even a pair of hippies on vacation
from from Kalamazoo Michigan stopped by to take a look at the
race car which kept the Capitol crew busiy all weekend. Everyone
was welcomed. More often than not there was a group of people
looking over the car. As always Cap Racing allowed kids to sit
in the car and gave away handout cards. More importanly, the
team increased its fan base as they do just about every where
the car goes.
three day event started Friday morning with a community kids
day (pictured top) where hundreds of kids got to see airplanes
and sit in the race car. On Saturday, the event continued with
more and more people stopping by to take pictures of the car
and ask question. The airshow seems to have a constant group
of spectators that also enjoy drag racing or are curious about
the sport. Driver Rich Bailey gave demonstrations on what takes
place on a quartermile run and the car was even fired up to the
delight of the crowd. The Oregon International Air Show is great
exposure for all of our sponsors and Capitol Racing appreciates
the staff allowing us to be a part of it.
Rocks Packed House in Medford
It was match racing like it should be at the Nitro Summerfest
at Champion Raceway. Fuel cars featuring the Mr. Explosive funny
car and the Nevada Rattler, Darren Bay's Warp Speed jet, nitro
Harleys, Pro Mods, Top Sportsman and yes an incredible best of
three PRO COMP show by none other than Sloan Taylor in the UFO
Blown Alcohol Funny car and Rich Bailey in the Capitol Rocketeer
Dragster. Excuse the pun but it was out of this world.
was a great one night match race and the fans came out in droves
which made promoter, Jim Taylor a very happy man. Through out
the day and night fans flocked around the race cars in the pits
including the Capitol car where the team was giving out brand
new handout cards thanks to our friends at Competition Printing.
the opening round Bailey out ran Taylor as Taylor got out of
shape and headed for the centerline but then got back into it,
but to no avail as Bailey took the win with a 7.09. In the second
stanza, it was like a top fuel race as Bailey spun the tire and
went up in smoke but peddled it enough to get back to full throttle
and chase down Taylor who was again out of shape for the win
light. In the final round Bailey chose to reduce the air pressure
in order to avoid spinning the tires. The idea worked a little
to well as the dragster did a big wheelstand! Bailey was able
to get the car stable and then went back after Taylor and just
barely got by him by a nose at the finish line.
was match racing like it use to be in the 70's and the fans in
the packed stands were on their feet after every round between
the dragster and the funny car. Capit
ol Racing would like to
thank everyone that came out for this great event and Jim Taylor
and the entire Champion Raceway staff for rolling out the red
carpet for us. Incredible Photos by Larry McFarland!
Put an End to Knoll's Monkey Business
of the Evan Knoll era officially came to a close on Wednesday
when twenty police officers along with IRS agents from the criminal
division raided the Knoll Gas offices according to a copy written
story by the Kalamazoo Gazette. Mr. Knoll, started his racing
empire by bailing out one pro stock team but then haphazardly
sponsored over 30 professional nitro and alcohol teams, racing
events, tracks, and racing series in less then 24 months. Now,
Mr. Knoll has suddenly disappeared since the hot water he is
in has quickly reached a boiling point.
addition to serious IRS problems and now federal suits, Mr. Knoll
faces at least three lawsuits including one for failing to make
payments on a corporate jet, one for selling products in a protected
territory, and a third for not fulfilling a monetary agreement
with a top fuel team for the 2008 season. That team purchased
hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment only to not
get paid. The suit claims that Mr. Knoll had no intention of
paying the team when the agreement was made. Mr. Knoll also has
a partially constructed two million dollar home in Michigan where
contractors there have stopped work as Mr. Knoll failed to make
payments on construction labor and building materials.
insiders knew that Knoll's spending spree was out of control
dating back to last fall when his company, Torco Racing Fuels,
allegedly failed to make payments to some of the teams they sponsored.
Also, it was believed that there was little effort to sell enough
Torco, Skull Gear and Skull Shine products nationally to financially
support thirty racing teams let alone one touring top fuel team.
A question often asked in the pits and on the internet for the
last two years was where is Mr. Knoll's money coming from? Nobody
January 2008, Mr. Knoll shocked the drag racing world when he
or his board of directors abruptly dropped all race team sponsorships
just weeks before the Winternationals but promised to come back
"bigger and better" in 2009. The reason given for the
sudden departure was Mr. Knoll's health and his company's expansion.
Even so, some teams continued to fly the Torco colors until the
shock and denial eventually wore off.
after announcing his suspension of race team sponsorship and
the eventual dismissal of several prominent executives including
Latrell Preston, Mr. Knoll posted a rambling denial that anything
was wrong on the nitromater.com website. Mr. Knoll claimed that
IRS enquiries are "normal" for a company of his size
and that Knoll Gas was a billion dollar company. His rebuttal
was laced with profanity, bad grammar, numerous misspellings,
and even intimidation to his critics. Sadly, the nitromater post
did little to convince critics otherwise, and even alienated
more of his one-time supporters.
Knoll did keep racers and crews that worked directly for him
on his "payroll" and claimed to keep all racing association
and individual event sponsorships intact through 2008. However,
as time went by those obligations were not kept either and those
racers and crews on the "payroll" were released. Also,
racing equipment personally belonging to Mr. Knoll was seized
by Federal authorities. The Torco name also disappeared off track
signage and event sponsorship.
Knoll initially did a lot of good for drag racing and for teams
that could not find sponsors, but it got to be to much like the
thirsty politician that can never say no regardless of wheather
the money is there or not. Just like the "Wizard of Oz"
the day finally came when the curtain was pulled and the tycoon
with the foomantu pulling the strings was finally exposed. If
you see Mr. Knoll this summer and it likely won't be at a dragstrip,
please let him know there are some folks wearing suites and ties
anxiously waiting his return to Michigan.
Auto Group Racing joins B.R.A.K.E.S
Bailey driver of the Capitol Auto Group Dragster has joined B.R.A.K.E.S,
a youth driver safety program. B.R.A.K.E.S stands for Be Responsible
And Keep Everyone Safe. B.R.A.K.E.S was formed this year after
a devastating highway crash that claimed the lives of Jon and
James Herbert, the sons of Doug and Sonnie Herbert. Doug is the
popular driver of the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel Dragster.
Bailey began racing he pioneered the Team Safety program. Team
Safety grew to 70 members and promoted about 30 events a year
until Bailey left the program and joined Race Against Drugs where
he won two Presidential Volunteer Awards. "All of the racers
and volunteers that were a part of Team Safety really did make
a difference. I hope to utilize that energy and give B.R.A.K.E.S
a presence here in the Northwest. Even after Team Safety we are
often asked to do
schools, college driver ed classes and scouting
events so partnering under the umbrella of B.R.A.K.E.S will help
us give a good presentation" Bailey said. Bailey will also
continue to be a spokesman for Race Against Drugs.
was also another reason why Bailey wanted to get involved as
Doug Herbert Racing sent boxes of t-shirts, hats and other items
for one of the Night of Fire events that Bailey is involved in
each summer. "They unloaded their souvenir trailer and overwhelmed
us with merchandise from their race team. I think they still
hold the donation record. This is a great way to give a little
bit of that back after what they did for us" Bailey said.
Bailey encourages other Northwest racers to join B.R.A.K.E.S
by going to www.putonthebrakes.com or contact Bailey by
clicking on Contact
The Night of Fire a Major Success
NIGHT OF FIRE ANOTHER BARN BURNER
turned out for one of the most entertaining car shows anywhere.
Photo by Bill Sullivan
The Night of Fire Benefit
Car Show successfully lived up to its name on Friday night, July
18th. The event which had been rescheduled due to rain turned
out to be worth the wait as over 140 hot rods and an impressive
display of race cars took over the grounds of the Salem Evangelical
Church in Salem.
Headlining the show
was Richard Smith's War Hawk jet funny car which did an incredible
fire show at the conclusion of the event. Also on hand was Rich
Bailey's Capitol Auto Group Dragster. Bailey rented out the seat
of the blown alcohol dragster to the highest bidder and raised
close to $500.00 during fire ups. Tyson Parker's Parker's Electric
blown dragster was also in attendance along with late model stock
and sprint cars.
The show raised money
for a five year old local boy, Bryan Poli who had a bout with
cancer. While the Bryan's cancer is thankfully in remission,
the family has faced financial challenges as a result of extended
hospital stays and treatment. To help with the family's trips
to Portland for treatment a car was given to the Poli family
thanks to a car donation from Affordable Towing and Macco. Note:
If you view the photo section you will see pics of the special
presentation when the car was given away.
The Night of Fire
fire has raised well over $50,000 for people in the Salem area
with cancer or other serious illnesses since it began in 2001.
Special thanks to the car show's sponsors in no particular
order: Tom's Trophies, 1430 KYKN Radio, Uptown Music, Competiton
Printing, Royal Purple, Image Action Wear, Lancaster Firestone,
Adam's Rib, Supervinyl Signs, Affordable Towing, Macco, our venders,
and a giant thanks to Richard and Kile from War Hawk Racing for
making this the Night of Fire!
Mobile Detail Gives Transporter a New Look
Ryan Valentine approached us about detailing our truck and trailer
my thought was that there's nothing he can do that we don't already
do when it comes to cleaning up our truck and trailer. I never
could be more wrong! When I returned to MV Mobile Detail to pick
up the truck and trailer I was stunned on how nice the truck
and trailer looked and I got three times the stares as I normally
do when I was driving it home on I-5!
All of the nasty white crud that had built up around the diamond
plate and the wheels were gone. This was stuff I spent hours
trying to get off but was unable to, and now it was completely
gone! I've never seen the truck and trailer look more shiney
and clean. And the interior? Wow! I felt like I had just bought
a new truck from Capitol. It was spotless as all those coffee
and pop stains from long trips are now history. Everything inside
and out looks new again.
If you a car, truck, trailer, boat, RV, and want to return it
to the way it was when you bought it, call Ryan at 503-930-3178
or go to mvdetail.com
Capitol Car a Home Run at Volcanoes Game
Auto Group Dragster along with dirt outlaw cars and ET bracket
cars greeted fans as they
entered the Volcanoes baseball game on Tuesday evening for Speedway
night. All of the cars were fired up prior to game time. The
Volcanoes staff took good care of the racers by introducing them
onto the field and showing them on the jumbotron between innings.
In fact, they played a video of the Capitol car before the game
At the end of the fifth inning the Volcanoes announcer Bill Post
interviewed driver Rich Bailey. The Volcanoes, an SF Giants Club
team played host to the Boise Hawks which is affiliated with
the Chicago White Sox. Throughout the evening and even after
the game the Capitol race team members were answering questions
and allowed some young baseball fans a chance to sit in the dragster.
Bailey also signed posters.
team stand with Volcanoes team owner Jerry Walker and Volcanoes
event coordinator Jerry Howard. The race team members pictured
include Jerry Abbot, Acacia Bailey, Rich Bailey, Brent Sanford
and Brian Walburn.
King Engine Bearings Track Report by Rich Bailey
It was Good, Bad and Ugly
quite a weekend or was it a week? The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing
Series race at Woodburn Dragstrip is our "national event"
since they don't run our class at NHRA Powerade National Events
like the one next weekend in Seattle. We have been at Woodburn
since Wednesday. After all you don't just go to this race, you
live it! And we do every year. And each year we discover that
a six second blown alcohol car without all the bells and whistles
is not all that conducive to the current super comp style cars
that are slower and rule the class. But, there's no other class
that our car fits into so that's where we're at. It would sure
be nice if there was a blown alcohol class (Pro Comp) for 6-second
cars, heads-up. I know the fans that have been in short supply
recently at these NHRA events and they would love it!
good was that we qualified 4th out of 46 cars. The bad was that
we broke out by four hundredths of a second in the first round
as we ran a 6.87 on a 6.90 dial, and the ugly was that yours
truly took a short vacation on the starting line. Today, there
was no excuse for not being quicker off the line and the competitor
got quite an automatic handicap head start anyway. Would I have
still broke out? Yep, probably so as I never lift in close races.
were no moral victories on my end but as a team the car continues
to run consistently well in the sixes and we left the track with
no mechanical problems that will prevent us from running at the
Nitro Summerfest at Medford on Saturday night, August 2. As Clint
Thompson summed it up so eloquently, "regardless of how
anyone did today, we're all just lucky to be able to go out here
drive these hot rods". Amen to that as in the end we represented
out sponsors well and had a great time all weekend! Photos by
Bill Sullivan and Larry McFarland
Dragster Qualifies 4th
Capitol team was finally able to utilize its Art Mendoza horsepower
and get into the sixes at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
event held at Woodburn. We went from outside the show all the
way to the forth spot with a 6.92 on Saturday. In the final session
during the heat of the day, I slowed by 100th of a second while
still posting a 6.93 and we remain in the 4th spot going into
the final eliminations on Sunday.
to Brent Sanford, Ken Logan and Brian Walburn for another great
job today. I can't stop raving about this crew as we're having
alot of fun right now and the car is running great! Also thanks
to Jerry Abbott and Ty Abbott for their help as well. And....
thanks and good luck to Ashwell Racing! They helped us with a
little project today, and it's great to have them as our good
you read our race preview, you might guess why the Capitol car
did not qualify on Friday. As always, the NHRA Gremlins were
out in force in the Bailey pit at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing
Series event at Woodburn. But lucky for us Brent Sanford caught
them before the trouble could have really began to multiply.
As we wormed up the engine Brent felt this mist of fuel around
the blower manifold and when Ken Logan moderately revved the
engine up the mist turned into a spray! Previous experiences
led us to believe it was the blower manifold gasket and after
a trip into town and back we missed the first session of qualifying
for the Top Dragster class.
We installed the new blower gasket and the problem didn't go
away. So we looked at the nozzles but ruled that out as the problem.
Ken thought that the problem had to be the intake gaskets so
Brian Walburn and I made a second trip to Salem only to get caught
up in a traffic jam as there was a wreck on I-5. To make a long
trip short, after getting the gaskets and returning to the track
we missed the second round of qualifying. But you know what?
We didn't hurt the engine which was a good possibility as it
could have gone lean and cracked a piston had we ignored the
problem or have missed it altogether.
the intake gaskets were installed and the engine was rebuilt
from the heads to the injector, we fired up the car back up and
the problem was finally fixed. On Saturday, we get two shots
to qualify and hopefully we can keep the gremlins at bay for
the rest of the weekend. We are very confident the car will qualify
well on Saturday.
Capitol Car Booked for Big Air Show
Last year it was a lot of fun as the Capitol car made a big splash
in front of large crowds at the Oregon International Air Show,
In fact, last year's attendance was over 93,000 people. Last
year the car was given a special display area thanks to Doug
Donkell and a slightly worri
ed air show staff concerned over
insurance issues. The car turned out to be a major hit with air
show fans and as a result the Capitol team has been invited back
for this year's show on August 8-10.
Sanford Now Serving as Car Chief
Brent Sanford has been promoted to Car Chief on the Capitol Auto
Group Dragster based on his outstanding performance displayed
over the last two months. Brent replaces Rick Stice who is leaving
the team to tie up some loose ends before moving to Mexico at
the end of August. Brent will work closely with Ken Logan who
is the tuner and crew chief on the car.
Team owner Rich Bailey
is delighted about how well Brent has progressed in such a short
period of time. "At the last event we raced at I noticed
a great working relationship between myself, Brent, and crew
chief Ken Logan. I have discovered that Brent has the ability
necessary to be successful on any team. He has both the mechanical
skills and people skills needed on this kind of a race team where
good public relation skills are just as important as the racing.
He still has a lot to learn but he pays close attention to detail
and is one of the best guys to have come along in a long time"
Bailey and Sanford
grew up together and dreamed of the day they would be racing.
But like anything else, time and different paths separated the
two as they lost track of each other for nearly a decade. Bailey
continued to pursue his dream of building a racing team when
the two ran into each other. Sanford slowly got involved in the
Capitol race team, but it was their last race in Wood burn which
was the wake up call and confidence builder Sanford needed. 'I
use to be worried I might make a mistake and something would
go wrong. Now it's the opposite. I feel like I need to be there
so something doesn't go wrong. I look forward to working with
Ken and learning as much as I can" Sanford said.
Also, joining Capitol
Racing is Brian Walburn. Brian is a great representative for
Capitol and it's great to have him now on our team. Brian will
do displays and races. He is merried to wife Cheryl and together
they maintain the Ridge Top Ranch.
Racing = Exposure for Sponsors
car was on display in three locations this past weekend which
is great for Capitol and all of our other marketing partners.
First, the Capitol car was turning heads on Lancaster as the
car was on display from 8-3 at Color Tile. Next the car was transported
north to Chemeketa where it was fired up at the Blue Moon. Enjoying
a rear moment in the cock pit with the engine screeming out some
rrrrrs was none other than Jim Billings who really had a great
Sunday, the car was parked in front of our home away from home,
Ace Hardware on Madrona to promote the Night of Fire. It seemed
to work as we gave almost all of the fliers we had printed up
for the event. Thanks to Matt and everyone at Ace for the warm
welcome. They love the car and are the best in town when it comes
to great customer service. We go out of our way to shop there
first. Thanks to Brent Sanford and the "Condo Cowboy"
Brian Washburn for dealing with the heat and making these events
possible. What other race car is seen in as many places as the
Races, Two Cities, One Weekend, One Win
Parker, arguably one of the best funny car drivers in the Northwest
had quite a weekend when he tried to do the impossible: compete
in two separate drag racing events happening 200 miles apart
at the same time. Most racers would pick one or the other but
what's a racer to do when you drive for two separate teams? For
Parker, it meant don't let the troops down and go the extra mile,
over 1000 of them.
First up, on Friday was qualifying the Bellemeur family owned
Top Alcohol funny car at the Lucas Oil Series race in Seattle.
While Parker did not qualify for the tough eight car field, he
was the first alternate with a respectable 5.77. Fortunately,
he was still able to get in the first round of eliminations as
another car had broke. But not so fast, there was still a race
in Woodburn to qualify for so once qualifying was over in Seattle
it was 200 miles the other direction for Woodburn's Oldies But
Saturday, Parker knew he would have just enough time to qualify
in Woodburn and then high tail it back to Seattle for the first
round at 3:00 PM. "I knew it was going to be tight so I
talked Gene Bergstrom the track manager at Woodburn in to running
our class first and then I talked Jonathan Adams, the NHRA Division
Director to run the funny cars after the dragsters in Seattle"
Parker said. With both parties able to accommodate his request,
Parker parked his Subaru at the top end pointing towards Seattle.
Fortunately, Parker qualified with a 7.94 and then ripped off
his fire suit and hightailed it straight to Seattle. "The
most stressful part was the drive back to Seattle" Parker
arrived at Pacific Raceways just in time as the cars including
his own was being pulled into the lanes. Then the news came down
cott Kalitta's fatal crash. "Everyone was very emotional"
Parker said. In the first round, Parker raced Dennis Taylor,
and got a better reaction time, but Taylor got to the stripe
first. Meanwhile Parker's chutes didn't deploy and the car went
into the safety net at the top end as he was going to fast to
make the turn off the track!
was OK in the incident but the car suffered some minor nose damage.
Now, with that race out of the way, it's back to Woodburn on
Sunday for some unfinished business where Parker had qualified
the late Lon Russle's nitro-fueled nostalgia car. Lon had passed
away in January so Parker was driving it in his memory for crew
chief Darrel Brown. Parker ended up winning the event which was
an emotional affair for Lon's wife Pam who was there to witness
it. "It was very therapeutic to win for her. And the whole
weekend was quite a marathon, but I love a challenge" Parker
Racing Hits the Road for Royal Purple
did several displays in the Spokane area for Royal Purple Motor
Oil. The displays were at NAPA stores. The big event was at the
main distribution center on Sunday which attracted about 200
people throughout the event. The weekend prior, the team did
a display on Saturday which included a car start up for the National
Guard benefit in Brooks OR. On Sunday, the car was on display
at Joe's which attracted a steady stream of visitors all day.
Revelation: Best New Material in Years
no where comes Journey's new CD entitled " Revelation".
The new CD is available only at Wal-Mart and might just be the
best material this band has put out since 1981's "Escape".
That sounds like a stretch until you listen to it. The new CD
is great from start to finish and has the perfect mix of both
rockers and ballads.
The new CD came at the band's lowest point when they were without
a lead singer that could carry on Journey's trademark sound and
legacy. Neil Schon and Jonathan Cain had written some new material
but had no singer so Schon turned to Youtube and stumbled on
to a singer in Manila that seemed to have Steve Perry's unreplaceable
pipes. The singer, Arnel Pineda, came to the US and auditioned.
The result is a new CD with Journey's restored patented sound
that puts them back as not only a legendary band but one that
is current too.
In fact, songs such as "Like a Sunshower", "Change
for the Better", "Wildest Dream", "Faith
in the Heart Land" and "What it Takes to Win"
rank right up there as some of Journey's best work in years.
Revelation also comes with a rerecorded Journey greatest hits
CD sung by Pineda. Also included is a concert DVD all for $11.99.
This package is much better than a similar Wal-Mart Eagles package
put out last fall that is riddled in the usual Don Henley American
guilt. Revelation is just what the music industry has lacked
in over a decade. It simply goes back to the basics of arena
rock: positive and uplifting songs that sound great.
you want a feel-good CD for the summer, then Journey's Revelation
is a must. Best of all, Salem's Deen Castronovo is back on drums
and I'll bet that he's never played on a better studio album
as this one since Bad English in 1989.
6.77 Highlights Incredible Weekend!
a new Capitol paint scheme, a new look crew, and renewed optimism,
the Capitol team kicked some serious tail and had an incredible
outing at the Smoke and Thunder Drags at Woodburn Dragstrip.
Not knowing what to expect initially with questionable weather,
the team ended up in the exhibition part of the program and gave
the fans their money's worth and more with a string of strong
six second runs including their quickest run ever, a 6.77. In
fact, the car ran 6.77 on back to back runs! It was a rewarding
weekend for a team that worked hard all week in order to make
the event. A big thanks to Brent Sanford, Art Mendoza and Ken
Logan for their help in getting the Capitol Dragster back in
the six second range after a series of mechanical problems and
Bailey Give Fans a Great Show on Sunday
the Capitol team had an exhibition race with popular NW funny
car racer Russ Parker who was at the wheel of a nostalgia nitro
burning dragster. Parker, one of the northwest's best drivers,
was at a disadvantage as he had never driven the car before and
even though the car charges through at the top end at nearly
200 MPH, the ETs are in the mid seven second range. The Capitol
car on the other hand had run a pair of six second runs on Saturday.
In the first round, Bailey was in the left lane as Parker requested
the right lane. At the light Parker left on Bailey with a much
better reaction time. The advantage that Parker enjoyed didn't
last long as Bailey charged by to get the win light with an unreal
6.77 at 198 MPH. Parker also had an impressive run and recorded
a 7.58 at 198 MPH for his first run in the car.
In the second stanza, Parker was in the left lane and again left
on a red light-conscious Bailey. But Bailey's quicker ET made
up for his slow reaction time as he stormed through the finish
line and took the stripe with ano
ther 6.77 elapsed time at 198
MPH. Parker on the other hand had a faster speed of the two cars
as he stopped the clocks with a 7.50 ET recorded the car's first
ever 200 MPH run! So, congratulations are in order for his team.
a lot of work by Art Mendoza who has dedicated a great deal of
time in rebuilding the engine, and the Capitol crew, most notably
Brent Sanford who worked nearly all week on the car and new tuner
Ken Logan, the magic finally came together with one of the car's
best passes ever , a 6.78 ET. The last time Bailey was in the
6.70's was at the Fall Classic back in 2006 when he also ran
a 6.78 with the old car. At that time the car was tuned by both
Mendoza and Jeff Lauener.
Under the watchful eye of Ken Logan, Bailey backed up the 6.78
with a 6.82 at 197 MPH. The race this past weekend serves as
a tune up for the team's next big event called "Nitro Nights"
in Yakima WA on the July 4th Weekend, then the big NHRA Les Schwab
Challange the following week at Woodburn.
our Special Crewman of the Race
McCracken, who is going in this week for heart surgery, was our
crewman of the race. Blake got to ride with team member Brent
Sanford to get the car and received a Cap Racing shirt for all
of his help. Blake is a big fan of the Capitol team and we want
to request some prayers going his way for a speedy recovery!
Nitro Shortage Shorts Local Driver
Marsh has Transmission Holding up to Extreme Six Second Performance
no secrete that the Capitol car had been struggling in the past
year. It seemed that while engine problems were beginning to
be a thing of the past, last year's consistent fly in the ointment
was the transmission. Often transmissions won't hold up to the
torque produced by a blown alcohol dragster without a clutch
or "Lencodrive". For Bailey it didn't seem to matter
when his Powerglide was serviced, the transmission always failed
at the wrong time. There was the Lucas Oil event at Woodburn,
then it was the Halloween Classic in Boise when the car would
not hold at the line after qualifying on the pole.
Transmission problems continued to haunt the team at nearly every
other race. Finally, after a very embarrassing night in Medford,
Bailey told crew chief Jeff Lauener that a change was in order.
"We actually brought in a funny car all the way from Montana
to match race us. I was trying to put together a pro comp series
and was trying my best to put on a good show for both the crowd
and the track promoter in order to get a new series going. Instead,
I red lit on every pass because the transmission reacted like
it did in Boise and would not hold at the starting line. I told
Jeff the next morning at the hotel that this was getting expensive
every time the transmission failed, and it also wasted all the
money it took to compete at the race and made us look bad."
agreed and suggested that he would talk to one of his customers.
The "customer" turned out to be Jeff Marsh owner of
Canby Transmission. Marsh offered to not only sorted out the
current transmission problem but sponsored the car as well. Marsh
found blocked passages in the valve body and made some other
slight adjustments. The result has been a relatively trouble
free transmission ever since. The team also began draining the
fluid between rounds to cool it down faster. After last weekend's
race the pan was pulled and there was no sign of clutch material
and the fluid didn't smell burnt.
The biggest reminder however that the transmission is doing it's
job came in a phone conversation with Competition Printing's
Jim Young who was impressed with the car's 6.77 performance over
the weekend. Young thought that perhaps a different transmission
such as a "Bruno" or a "Lencodrive" was used.
Jim said you aren't still using that transmission built at a
local shop are you? When I told him I was, he said Wow! He could
not believe a Powerglide could sustain that low an of an ET for
four straight runs and not be hurt" Bailey said.
Young was not the only one. Art Mendoza who builds the teams
engine was surprised the converter works as well as it does.
"He thought we needed a top name converter and that what
we had wouldn't hold up" He admitted to be proven wrong
on that one. I told Art that I needed to trust my transmission
man just like I trusted him building the engine" Bailey
Marsh, a drag bike racer, is pleased with Bailey's renewed performance
and hopes the car will serve as a proving ground for his work.
"there are a lot of great race transmission builders in
the area including Don Kalina of Albany that racers are partial
to. And regardless of who builds them, transmissions will occasionally
break. But Jeff has really gone the extra mile for us in doing
the research and coming up with a transmission that is as close
to bullet proof as possible, as long as the team stays on top
of it" Bailey said. Marsh's involvement and time invested
in the transmission is the other half of the story behind the
Capitol team's excellent performance last weekend.
Look at Twig Ziegler's New Pizza Haven Car
is the first look at the long awaited Pizza Haven Satellite Funny
Car driven by Twig Ziegler (pictured with the car). The paint
was done by Joe Miller who did a great job recreating the legendary
car! Joe reports that the Pizza Haven car and his ex-Kenney Goodell
car will be on display at the Oldie but Goodie race at Woodburn.
Hopefully we'll see this beauty make it down the Woodburn track
some time this year!
of Fire Car Show Rescheduled for July 18
the unseasonably cold rainy weather, the Night of Fire has been
rescheduled for July 18. The only draw back is that this is the
same weekend as the National Event in Seattle and the Art Fair.
Even so, based on all the calls we received over the last two
days I think the event will still be a big hit as long as the
Seattle Crash on TV's "Most Daring"
has been talk that Rich Bailey's crash last year in Seattle was
filmed and on a newscast as people claimed to have seen it that
were not there. Now comes word that the crash was aired on the
nationally syndicated television show "Most Daring".
A fan came by the pit discussing the crash when Bailey thought
he was referring to the "Wheels of Speed" movie aired
locally. It turned out it the kid was talking about the popular
television show. If you are going to crash might as well make
it spectacular and get on TV.
Car Displayed at Keizer Fire Station
newly designed Capitol car was on display at the Keizer Fire
Station for their annual open house on Monday night , May 19.
Still without lettering, the car looked great and it recieved
a lot of interest from those that attended the event. The car
will be lettered prior to the Night of Fire.
Evergreen Home Loans Track Report by Rich Bailey
Team Digs Deep to Make Race
to any national event and hang around until qualifying is over
and you will see highly paid professional teams working late
into the night to get their car ready for race day. Some times
they get done early in the evening but often times the hard work
on the car goes on until 2AM! There's never an excuse to miss
an event if the team has a title sponsor. On Friday, the Capitol
team got a taste of that life as it was critical not to miss
the Season Opener at Woodburn.
a week ago it was doubtful the team would make the race after
an engine went too lean in testing at the worst possible time.
I had already committed to painting the car in the Capitol colors
and then having it ready for Show Biz a week later. That meant
the engine work could not begin until after Show Biz which left
us another short deadline of one week to get the car rebuilt
and ready to go before the Opener.
Sure enough, on Friday afternoon prior to the race it all came
together. There were tires to pick up from Hillyer Tire and Wheel,
there were freshly painted panels to pick up from Dennis Lafferty's
paint shop, Capitol logos had to be pickup at Supervinyl, there
were t-shirts ready at 4 PM and last minutes parts to be pick
up from Performance, all on opposite ends of town! Most importantly,
Art Mendoza just finished the engine and delivered it to Rick
Stice's shop at 5 PM. Brent Sanford did a great job driving around
town and picking up everything that was on the long list.
6 PM everything was unloaded and we were dropping in the engine.
By midnight the car was nearly ready to be loaded in the trailer.
Finally, the goal was reached as the Capitol truck and trailer
rolled into the gates of Woodburn Dragstrip as promised.
After more scrambling in the pits, during a heat wave with temperatures
reaching close to 100 degrees, the Capitol car made it's first
pass, a 7.85. While not a great pass, it was a symbolic run as
not only did we make the field but we made the race and got down
the track after two weeks of hard work and a lot of dedication.
Thanks to Art Mendoza, Rick Stice, Brent Sandford, our painter
Dennis Lafferty, and Mark Adams from Supervinyl, for their giving
of their talent and hard work. These guys made it possible for
me to get down the track today. Had we not had their dedication
involved with our team, we wouldn't even be spinning our wheels.
UPDATE: The Capitol car improved on Sunday to a 7.35 ET.
In the first round, we dialed a 7.30 before racing David Chun
of Vancouver. Unfortunately, I went on the wrong side of a perfect
light by 0001 thousands of a second. At the top end the car recorded
a 7.26 which was a great run but we broke out anyway. Still a
good weekend considering what it took to make it happen and we
saw a lot of our great friends who often visit this site and
always stop by our pit!
Dragster Debuts at Show Biz with New Paint Scheme
With the paint barely dry, the Capitol Auto
Group Dragster sported a new paint scheme at Show Biz to rave
reviews from show patrons. People that have seen the car before
liked the clean new design while people who have never seen it
before were equally impressed. The car arrived at the show without
the body panels on the car as the new paint job was completed
in the nick of time!
Rich Bailey along with the help of Dave Lee and Ian from Color
Tile and 1430 KYKN's Jeff Morgan helped put the car together
at a moments notice. Just minutes after the car was done the
stress level went to zero and Bailey did a TV and radio interview
where the car received even more acclaim from the onair personalities.
While not a well guarded secerate, Bailey wanted to keep the
new design under wraps until its debut at Show Biz. Dennis Lafferty
did a great job working around obstacles to get the pearl blue
and white design completed by Showbiz and Mark Adams of Supervinyl
did a fantastic job coming up with the lettering.
The reason the car was repainted was to restore Capitol Auto
Group's corporate identity. The Rocketeer's original paint job
while beautiful was too busy as Capitol's clean look was lost
in the car's original Rocketeer design. Special thanks to everyone
that helped and to meet our goal of getting the car finished
by Show Biz and thanks to Todd Martin for helping with the load
Gaines Markely YouTube Tribute
The family of Gaines
Markley requested that I link to a slide show tribute of his
life on YouTube. So here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1zZr_1GhTk
Gaines, who wrenched
Rob Briuns to the 1979 NHRA Winston World Championship died after
a lengthly illness in a Seattle area hospital. Markley was well
respected and a great driver in his own right. He is in the same
class as Ernie Hall in our opinion.
Cap Racing Track
Report by Rich Bailey
Starts Off with a BANG!
It was a great day for racing and sorting out the car after an
extended winter. I arrived at the track at 8 AM and was ready
to go. After doing some maintanance, it was time to make the
first pass of the year and we set the car up after a pass we
made last season under similar conditions.
After a healthy burnout I staged the car and all indications
was that it would be a good run and I was planning to go for
it. At the hit the car shook really hard probably because of
to much air pressure in the tires. Granted I should have got
out of it then but the shake cleared up so I stayed in it. I
got about 3'/4 down track and BANG! The burst panel went! As
that happened the car kept running as the broken blower belt
likely kept the throttle partly open even after getting of the
throttle, I then pulled the chutes out and was looking for the
mag kill switch (as it's nearly under my leg), anything to shut
the car down, it just kept running and was a little out of shape
all at the same time! Finally, I got it shut down and stopped
before I ran out of race track! And the ET? It still ran a 7.27
after all that.
When we got back to the pit there were no signs of any major
damage and we had the parts to fix what did break. After a lot
of work looking for possible problems, we tried firing the engine
at the end of the day but it wouldn't fire. We did a compression
test and found no compression on the no. 1 cylinder. So, we removed
both heads after already rebuilding the top end and checking
the bottom end of the engine.
After the heads were
removed, Rick Stice and I discovered that the engine was firing
cross ways between the no,1 and 3 cylinders. The car wasn't too
lean as we had a 125 pill in it but we were still on the ragged
edge. We actually got off fairly easy as the heads just need
to be decked and we need to replace the head gaskets that got
torched. Two pistons were cracked so I found a set of pistons
in Pennsylvania that we were able to buy rather than wait 5-6
weeks to get a new set.
It was a lot of work and Rick and I worked late into the evening
in order to diagnose the problem. We also decided before we run
the car again that we will add a kill switch on the steering
wheel where I can easily see it in the event something like that
happens again. We also need to work on the chute cables. The
only bad thing is that I don't know if we will make the Independence
event but that's the chance you take with these high horse power
blown alcohol cars. It was a very difficult day but it could
have turned out a whole lot worse. A big thanks to Rick, Jason
Stowell and Ken Logan for all their hard work.
Lafferty Paints a Cool Helmet
Each year we try and
make improvements as budget allows including an item or two that
isn't 100 percent necissary to run the car. This year, Dennis
Lafferty of Salem painted my helmet. Dennis, who is loaded with
talent, is originally from New Zealand and has been painting
for a lot of years. The helmet came
out so cool that I want to paint the whole car to match! We'll
have to wait and see on that one.
Weather Nixes Tulip Festival Test Session
weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday predicts record cold
wet weather with highs in the 40's. As a consequence, Capitol
Racing's return to action
will have to wait until next weekend.
The car is ready to race and it started right up when we put
the juice to it on Thursday evening. But racing in temperatures
below 50 degrees are dangerous for high horsepower cars as we
learned in Seattle last April. Also, a lot of money and time
is wasted driving to the track, paying entry fees, only to do
nothing but wait around for maybe a slight chance at making a
pass sometime during the day. Since they are not racing our class,
this would be a test session anyway and rather than fight the
weather and muddy pits we will wait for a better day.
Car Fever a Hit
5,000 plus fans packed Sacramento Raceway for Funny car Fever,
the first nitro funny car show there in years. By all accounts
the race was a big success and proves that the nostalgia funny
cars might just save nitro funny car match racing which is nearly
extinct due to the high operating costs that most promoters can
no longer afford to pay. Kris Kabill in Gary Turner's "Pedaler"
ran a 6.06 to beat Bucky Austin, who smoked the tires. After
this race, Lee Paul Jennings who promoted the show could run
for Mayor of Sacramento and win!
Hegge Returns in A/Fuel
fans will be glad to know that there will be yet another A/Fuel
car in the area! Vancouver's Doug Hegge quit Top Comp but said
he would be back in A/Fuel. Keeping his word, he showed up in
Vegas last weekend. Even though the team didn't qualify he still
ran a respectable 5.89 at
254 MPH for his first outing. Not bad at all for the first time
Spokane Track Saved!
Craig Wilcox passed
on some great news that the Spokane Raceway Park was purchased
by the County and will remain a dragstrip. The track was purchased
for only 3 .4 m illion, a much lower dollar figure then the 34
million plus that it was originally assessed for. Talk already
is beginning to surface about track improvements. Now, the big
question is what happens next? Bucky Austin as the promoter?
An IHRA national event? Stay tuned!
Rockstad's Column Now on Cap Racing!
Capracing.com is proud
to introduce our first columnist, Jim Rockstad, the former
President of International Raceway Parks! Read the first of many
on-going stories about Jim's career as a racer turned promoter,
who staged some of the biggest drag races in the country including
64 funny cars in Seattle. Thunder in the Pipes is an exclusive
column written for the readers of this web site. To read the
first installment, please scroll below.
The Night of Fire Planned for 08 Featuring a Jet Fire Show
we planned on this or not, the Night of Fire has grown into an
annual summer event for Salem area car lovers. Part of the fun
of putting on this event is the challenge of planning it in only
a few months prior to the event and making it a success. So far
that has happened with the support of the public, sponsors, racers,
car clubs and of course the weather. As a result, over $40,000
has been raised for people in need. The success of these events
can be partly attributed to both Richard Smith and Daren Bay
for agreeing to doing these events, as this is the only place
besides an air show or drag race where you can see a jet car
year, Mike Adams, brought to our attention a young Salem
area man that has cancer but no health insurance. He recently
got married and then within a few months felt a growing lump
on his neck before finding out it was cancerous. As always, we
will do all we can to help him out by providing as much money
as we can possibly raise during this annual Friday night spectacle.
Richard Smith and his Warhawk Jet has already committed to doing
his spectacular fire show. Gary Eickmann and the Black Pearl
will also be there pending on the date we select. The Date of
the show will depend on when The Warhawk is available since the
jet funny car is the center piece of the show. Learning from
an incident in Selmer TN, we will be much more strict concerning
crown control prior to the jet show and will have the area completely
blocked and roped off. We will work closely with the city and
Marion County Sheriffs office.
If you have never been to the Night of Fire, please make it a
priority this year, it's always a great event and there's no
other car show like it. The event will be where it was last year,
in the Salem Evangelical Event Center parking lot on North Liberty.
The date will soon be announced. As always admission is free.
Evergreen Home Loans Returns as an Associate Sponsor for 2008
welcomes the return of Evergreen Home Loans as an associate sponsor.
Evergreen came on board last year through Salem Loan Officer
Vince Ventura. The Capitol Racing Team has enjoyed a great relationship
with them ever since. "Even with a very volatile housing
market, Evergreen's support of our racing team is a testament
to our exiting marketing program that reaches into the community.
We want to reward their decision with as much exposure as we
can possibly generate for them. Last year we had a strong marketing
presence and they took notice." said team owner Rich Bailey.
Unlike a lot of home loan companies that are struggling, Evergreen
's business is taking off thanks to good customer service, through
the leadership of CEO Don Burton. The Seattle area company has
just opened two new branches in Texas and are aiming for another
banner year in 2008.
People looking to refinance or get a new mortgage through a strong
lender should look no further than Evergreen Home Loans located
on Hawthorne and State St. in Salem, near I-5. Evergreen also
has branches in Medford, Spokane, Boise, Seattle and Yakama.
Cap Racing Exclusive!
NHRA National Open Officially on Portland Int'l Raceway Schedule
This shouldn't be said
too loud so the neighbors and lawyers don't mobilize to soon
but NHRA Championship Drag Racing returns to Portland in the
form of an NHRA National Open on August 22, 23, 24.
A call to PIR track manager Mark Wiggington confirmed that the
race will happen as the noise variance has been granted. The
only string attached is that none of the NHRA classes may exceed
115 DB. This may be a problem for the blown alcohol cars including
the Capitol team. When asked what would happen if a car went
over the noise limit, Wiggington said that the race team would
get their entry fee back along with an apology. But he added
that noise measurements were taken at Pomona and Tucson and they
didn't expect any problems with cars exceeding those measurements.
When told about the
noise limitations, NHRA Division Director, Jonathan Adams said
he would work with the track to see if an exception could be
made for the few cars that may exceed the limit. As a comparison,
a lawn mower can reach 115 DB according to an audio source on
the internet, but according to PIR 115 DB is about the noise
level a Pro Stock car puts out. If that is the case and the city
sticks to their guns, a few teams will get apologies and refunds.
The noise variance was granted as a result of the LaMons Series
and Champ Car thankfully pulling out of Portland.
PIR management is going to make every effort to work with the
neighbors so that the blown cars which are on the borderline
can still be able to compete in the National Open. There will
be a PIR noise board meeting in the next couple of weeks. We
should know more at that time about what exceptions can be made.
Also, noise measurements will be taken by PIR at a Woodburn event
to see if there is even a problem at all with the Top Dragster
The good news is that PIR really wants to bring back drag racing
and they are working on solutions to do just that including the
addition of a concrete stadium seating area that would also serve
as noise barriers. Garages would be built under the grandstands
and rented out which would pay for the noise enhansement improvements.
Lands a Deal for Gainesville
On the eve of the 2008
season, Doug Foley's sponsor, Torco Race Fuels, chose to take
a "sabbatical" and not sponsor any cars in 2008. One
of the teams that got hit the hardest by the news was Doug Foley
Racing out of New Jersey who was promised a full season sponsorship
last fall. Foley, one of professional racing's most stand up
guys, had to lay people off and do what ever he could to survive
on such a short notice. Rather than take the news laying down,
Foley went into action to try and secure some one-race deals
in hope of salvaging at least part of the season and keep his
Top Fuel team intact.
One of the the companies he turned too for help was ProMotion
Motorsports Design who did several renderings of his car for
different marketing programs. Some of the renderings had to be
done overnight so they could be on a CEO's desk the next day.
Foley's determination paid off today as one of the companies
he was working with, FX Caprara KIA, has agreed to sponsor him
for the Gatornationals race in Gainesville next week. Foley credits
a lot of people for stepping up to make this happen including
ProMotion Motorsports. Foley is not the only pro team as ProMotion
Motorsports has also been working with JB Motorsports Nitro Funny
Car on some overnight jobs.
In addition to renderings, ProMotion does websites, race reporting,
handout cards, and proposals. Recent customers for various services
include: Jim Head (Powerade funny car) Tuttle Motorsports (Top
Fuel) Craig Smith (Top Fuel) Jam Air Racing (Alcohol funny car)
Duane Shields (A/Fuel) Clint Thompson (Top Alcohol funny car)
Parker Racing (Top Alcohol) and Shawn Cowie (Top Alcohol Dragster).
ProMotion is also branching out into commercial businesses and
just completed a site for Arroyo Homes LLC. ProMotion Motorsports is owned by Rich Bailey and
can be reached at 503-370-9164.
Welcome Brian Queen
Capitol Auto Group Racing
welcomes Brian Queen to the race team. Brian is a mechanical
engineering graduate from America Automotive Institute in Phoenix
and brings the skill and knowledge ne
cessary to help make the
race team successful this season. Brian is also a big fan of
drag racing and has the desire to learn what ever he can about
racing mechanics in addition to being focused and analytical.
Team owner Rich Bailey looks at Brian as a good fit for Capitol
Racing both now and in the future. "Brian is a great addition
to our team as he has both the mechanical knowlege and patience
necissary to do well in drag racing, he also does a good job
representing our sponsors. My plan is to get Brian as much training
as I can so he can do every job on the car." Brian actually
got involved with the team beginning with doing some car displays
and the Christmas parade, but Bailey quickly realized that Brian's
skills would be better utilized on the crew when there was an
opening. "At the time I met Brian we had a full crew but
that all changed so I was able put him where he needs to be."
Bailey said. Currently, Brian is helping in getting the car ready
for the 2008 season which is a chore he really enjoys doing.
"This is something I always wanted to do and so far it's
been a lot of fun" Brian said.
Brian is married to wife Janet and has three daughters. Ironiclly,
Janet works with Bailey's wife Susan in Girl Scouts which was
unknown at the time when Rich and Brian were having conversations
about joining the team in some capacity. "Brian's kids and
my kids all go to the same school, we both work for the same
employer and our wives are co-leaders in the same Girl Scouts
troop so we have a lot more in common besides drag racing."
of Flavor Experienced at Adam's Rib Smokehouse
We'll admit that we're
a bit biased here at Capitol Racing but few will argue that in
addition to their out standing BBQ menu, Adam's Rib has the BEST
BURGERS IN SALEM. Just when
you think it couldn't get any better with the Kentucky Bourbon
Burger, now comes their new Steakhouse Burger. The first bite
of the Steakhouse Burger is an explosion of flavor that one might
not be use too! Give it a try and you'll know why! It's a supercharged
burger on nitro and when you include their incredible homemade
fries it's a meal that will make it to the winner's circle. If
it's not on the menu Mike encourages you to ask for it by name.
Adam's Rib is located
on the corner of State and 12th Street near Willamette University
in Salem, dine in or take out.
Jeff Lauener Update
Our crew chief Jeff Lauener
continues to make progress as he recovers from a massive stroke.
The good news is that he's now out of the hospital and is doing
therapy on an out-patient basis. He can get around with a cane.
Thanks again for everyone that helped with his recovery by participating
in the Winter Rod and Speed Show.
Nostalgia will Just Have to Wait
Since we are having a
difficult time attracting a buyer for the Rocketeer car, the
nostalgia program is on hold for a while. This was just an exploratory
exercise anyway, and while the pros still out weigh the cons
of going nostalgia racing, the Capitol Rocketeer Dragster is
a very nice car and we haven't even had it a full season yet.
The Rocketer 's marketing potential has also yet to be completely
realized or reached the point of over-saturation.
There was a rumor that we had already bought a front engine car.
While we had a specific car in mind it was pending that we sell
our's first and right now we are light years away from finding
a buyer. Apparently things are moving slow right now, yet my
racing business has been thriving lately.
Now that the car shows
are over, we will begin getting the car ready for action starting
this weekend. We'll have more team news soon including welcoming
a new crew member and a former crew member returning to the fold
Car wins class at Portland Rod and Custom Show
The Capitol Auto Group
Dragster was at the well-publicized Portland Rod and Custom Show
this past weekend at the Portland Expo Center. The attendance
was fairly good in spite of the good weather and the Capitol
car won it's class. Thanks to Jason Stowl, Brian Queen and Todd
Martin for their help.
Two new groups are looking
to bid on Spokane and keep it a race track. One is headed by
a prominent northwest racer and the other is reportably a group
that would make it an IHRA facility. Lets hope that one of these
groups get it.
Night at Yakama
Derrick Snelson called
and said that his Nitro Night race in Yakama is gaining momentum
with as many as four nitro funny cars, a complete Pro Comp class
and ProMod Shoot out. On Friday, there will be a Competitor's
Salmon BBQ. Also, Jerry "the King" Ruth will be the
Grand Marshal of the event. If that's not enough there will be
1000.00 ET Bracket Shoot out!
Funny Cars on DRO!
Move over Dean Papadeaz,
there's yet a new feature on DRAG
RACING ONLINE. 64 Funny Cars! Jim Rockstad has a new column
where he talks about the promtor biz and the mega funny car shows
in Portland and Seattle during the wild 70's. See some cool photos
from that era HERE
Shields wins Winternationals
Duane Shields won the
NHRA Winternationals by gunning down popular Northwest standout
Joey Severance in the final. Severance, left to early which gave
the win to Shields who was running consistantly well throughout
the event. In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Eugene's Brian Hough scored
a runner up finish as he was unable to stop Frank Manzo who was
light years ahead of the entire funny car field. Clint Thompson
lost in the first round.
Is Capitol Racing Getting a Little Nostalgic?
Maybe. In search of a
level playing field where electronics don't decide races, a reasonable
pay out, actually racing other BLOWN dragsters, and a schedule
where we are racing in the summer and not having to take most
of July and August off, the Capitol car may have the engine relocated
in front of the driver rather than behind the driver.
With the blessings of our sponsors we have decided to run this
idea up the flag pole and see where it gose. The response has
been overwellmingly positive that this is a good move. As long
as we can sell our current car in the next sixty days we will
be switching classes and moving to Pro Nostalgia. This will give
us six races at Woodburn plus a couple of events in Washington
and Medford. Plus, we can still race NHRA if we choose too. In
Pro Nostalgia, you can race front engine dragster, nostalgia
funny cars and alterds. If this deal comes together we will be
racing a top fuel style car with a tall body. The promotional
events that we do will not change.
It really pains me to put the Rocketeer car on the market but
unless we have a few more blown alcohol events similar to what
Spokane was offering, there's no reason to run the car when you
have no class to run it in other than Top Dragster. Sadly, NHRA's
Top Dragster class has become a Super Comp affair. The electronics
have followed their way into Top Dragster and the field is almost
an all-run affair as qualifying isn't nearly as important as
it once was since they enlarged the field from 48 to 64 cars.
In the meantime, there are very few blown cars left in the class.
the current situation, I tried for two years to get a Pro Comp
class together but nobody seemed interested. I even put together
a couple of match races to gin up the interest and keep us racing.
When you're having to book your own races just to keep racing
your in trouble. Meanwhile, there is a whole group of racers
doing exactly what I want to do but the only catch is I can't
race a rear engine car in the class, so I have resisted untill
now. It's time to start going some rounds and having some fun
Speed Show now on DVD
George Adams has put
together a DVD of the Winter Rod and Speed Show. If you missed
the show or would like to relive the event, contact Geroge Adams
directly from his website at www.nwdragracing.com or Contact
us and we'll forward
your request on to him.
is Up for Auction
A judge in Spokane County has cleared
the way for the facility to go up for auction in less than 90
days. Who ever is the highest bidder will control the future
of the property. There are both villians and heros in this saga.
The heros are believe it or not the county that have expressed
interest in keeping the track operational while using the other
part of the land as a prison. The villans are the indians that
own a near by casino. They want to put in a golf course as if
there are not enough of those around already. There is an effort
to organize a group to save this track and we will pass along
informaiton as it becomes available.
Papadeas ''The Director" Teams up with DRO's Jeff Burk!
DRAG RACING ONLINE
publisher Jeff Burk is
partnering with Main Event Video CEO Dean "The Director"
Papadeas to sell DVDs from Main Event's in-depth library of drag
racing videos. A flamboyant and talented New Yorker, Papadeas
produced and directed some of the best and most successful videos
in drag racing history. Burk and Papadeas recently agreed on
a marketing partnership that gives Racing Net Source the exclusive
rights to sell DVD's of the complete 50 short films in the Main
Event library. If you love nitro racing under the lights these
videos are for you.
DRO has developed
a new video sect
ion to showcase videos including 2-3 minute previews
of selected videos. The Papadeas videos are cut to a DVD directly
from the master and are available on DVD for the first time.
The always controversial
Papadeas is back on the drag racing scene after recovering from
a bad car accident. "Love him or hate him -- and I have
done both -- Dean is arguably the best ever in making drag racing
short films that capture the visceral quality of the sport,"
says Burk, "and I'm glad to be doing business with him again so far." Some racing insiders may recall a few years ago
when there was a half hearted attempt to nominate Papadeas as
the President of PRO. While the effort didn't get far it made
Papadeas the center of attention for a day or two. For more info
go to www.dragracingonline .com
Unveils New Sponsor
Today at the historic
Marconi Automotive Museum, EMCOR Service/Mesa Energy Systems
Inc, the leader in HVAC services throughout California announced
that they have reached an agreement to become primary sponsor
of the Jam-Air Motorsports Alcohol Funny Car team with driver
Will Martin for the 2008 Season.
the beginning of an exciting year for EMCOR Service/Mesa Energy
Systems. I started Mesa Energy 25 years ago in a borrowed garage.
Today we are the largest HVAC Services provider in California
and are quickly becoming the premier Energy Solutions provider"
said Senior Vice President & founder Charles Fletcher.
Energy Systems is head quartered in Irvine, CA and is a wholly
owned subsidiary of EMCOR. Mesa Energy Systems Inc employs over
430 people throughout 10 offices in California. EMCOR Service/Mesa
Energy Systems Inc. is a full service HVAC contractor. Whether
it is a light commercial package unit, a large chilled water
system, or an energy retrofit for energy efficiency, Mesa Energy
Systems continues to exceed their customer's expectations.
"This is a great
day for our team. I am very proud to represent EMCOR Service/Mesa
Energy Systems Inc. It is different not seeing the customary
orange & black on the car however it is a much welcomed change.
Rich Bailey at ProMotion Motorsports Design & Ralph Love
& Brian Mundy at Photomation did an incredible job in only
14 days to get the car where it is today. I also can't thank
Bob Lake & Charles Fletcher enough for this opportunity as
well as my dad, John Martin who founded the team back in 1980"
said driver Will Martin
The Jam-Air Motorsports
team will once again compete on the California Independent Funny
Car Association (CIFCA) tour this year and looks to improve on
the 8th place finish from last season. "We learned a lot
last year and have all the parts & pieces in place to make
a full out assault on the championship this year" said Will
Martin. The Jam-Air team will also continue to receive support
from Photomation, DJ Safety, Pro Manufacturing & GS 610 Brake
products in 2008.
Rod and Speed Show Set for 09
has secured a future date for the Winter Rod and Speed Show so
it will return next year. The date for 09 will be January 17-18
at the Linn County Fairgrounds and in the same building. We could
have got the maim building but it was to close to the other show
and we didn't want the overlap in advertising and promotion.
While it's to early to talk about entries, we would like to encourage
everyone to return in 2009.
Pics Now Up
Here are a few selected
pictures from the Winter Rod and Speed Show from the links below:
Racing Returns to Yakima
A pair of Nitro Funny
cars will be battling it out under the lights at Renegade Raceway
July 4-5. The event will also feature a contingent of blown alcohol
cars (dragsters, funny cars, alterds) in a ProComp showdown including
the Capitol car. Also on the bill are some pro mods and the usual
bracket classes. The Pro Comp class is heads-up with no-breakout
and no BS which is the way it should be done and what the fans
expect. Any alcohol racers interested in being a part of the
show can email us and we'll pass it on to Derick Snelson who's
promoting the show. The event is being presented by realdragracers.com
Everyone needs a calender
and we're proud to say the Capitol car is on it for February
along with several other alcohol cars and jets! Go to www.realdragracers.com
today to order yours!
Commentary by Rich Bailey
Hits Drag Racing
If the New York Stock
Exchange's initials were NHRA or IHRA we would all be talking
about a crash or a correction. On Tuesday, Torco Race Fuels who
at one point was giving away sponsorships like they were candy
abruptly announced they were pulling the plug on all sponsorships
including teams owned by Evan Knoll, the owner of the company.
The sudden announcement left over two dozen teams suddenly without
a sponsor just as the new season is set to begin. In addition,
Bob Gilbertson lost his deal with Honeywell. Then there are a
half dozen more that were lost at the end of last season.
Why teams weren't notified in September by Knoll's management
team is anyone's guess although the reason given is Mr. Knoll's
lingering health problems among a few other things including
the economy. Mr. Knoll's absences from the track in past years
never seemed to be an issue as he had a gentleman who claimed
to be his "eyes and ears at the track" managing all
of his teams. Why the race program all of the sudden can't run
without Knoll remains to be seen. But the Knoll Gas program was
an easy come - easy go handshake operation that ended as abruptly
as it started.
Last season, it seemed that new sponsorships were announced on
a daily basis between December and February. All this without
the company having anything on the retail shelves nationally
to sell. In fact, one couldn't help but wonder if the products
they did have were created as an excuse to sponsor more cars.
But it didn't matter as they "we're out there to have fun"
according to an individual who managed the teams at the track
for the company. We've seen companies like this come and go before.
But usually one team gets burned not half of the pro and alcohol
pits. Torco says they are just taking a "break" but
if you believe that I have a dragstrip in North Korea to sell
One could tell that not everything was going well at Torco towards
the end of the year. They talked about boycotting NHRA for a
race or two because his teams weren't getting enough publicity.
Then their house organ Competition Plus published a press
release saying that Knoll was shopping his sponsor dollars around
at NASCAR. Then they announced they were buying even more Top
Fuel teams and would own a total of five Top Fuel teams this
year on top of everything else. In additon, a couple of new funny
car and pro mod sponsorships were announced just last month.
Then they abruptly decided not to purchase one of the teams Just
prior to Pomona after it was mentioned on Comp Plus that they
And then on Tuesday
just days before testing was to begin word came down that all
Knoll race sponsorships would be suspended for the 2008 season.
This left the likes of Gary Densham, Doug Foley, Mike Ashley,
Melanie Troxell, Clay Millican and so many others without financial
help for the 08 season. This also puts crew people and support
personel in quite a pickle. It all ended just as quickly as it
started. The unsustainable party was finally over.
Rod & Speed Show Successful as Show Nets $6,617 for Family!
The big question asked
at the Winter Rod and Speed Show was "will you do it again
next year?" The answer is YES! Once again a show put on
by the Jim Billings-Mike Adams-Rich Bailey gang was a big hit.
Over 600 spectators came through the door during the one day
event for Capitol crew chief Jeff Lauener and well over $5,000
was raised on Saturday alone. That doesn't take into account
sponsor s and car entries. The total gross was $8,358.00 leaving
the Laueners with $6,617.25 after expences. That number could
go up as there are still a couple of pledges that have not been
Crummy sometimes snowy
weather didn't seem to stop people from coming through the doors.
Between the hours of 11 and 2 the place was packed. We were warned that other indoor shows
in Albany have failed or barely broke even in the past. But it's
likely that past shows were not promoted or marketed correctly.
Our media partner KYKN in Salem did a great job promoting the
event. In fact, of two people I asked, they both told me they
heard about the show on KYKN. The Albany Democrat Herald also
did a good job covering the event and the two ads that we bought
from them surely helped the gate. We did everything we could
to make it an easy and affordable show for people to see and
it paid off in spades. Coupons and low prices worked as we gave
away coupons at all NAPA stores.
As far as the show
itself, we had 100 percent turn out of the cars that pre-entered
and then some. The quality of cars were very impressive too from
the "Shock n Awe" Pacer that won our "Bad to the
Bone" award to Gregg Lawerence's A/Fuel dragster, it was
a good assortment of first class cars. We were able to jam 53
cars into the building and there was plenty for people to see
and do. The NASCAR simulator rocked as our good friend Richard
Smith brought it to the show . The look on people's faces surrounding
the simulator was priceless every time someone drove the real
life cup car. As usual, the event was full of donated prizes
and the silent auction netted over $1000.00. The model car show
was also a hit as we had over 35 entries.
At the end of the
show, we surprised Jim Billings with a special plaque in recognition
of his positive impact on hot rodding in the Willamette Valley.
The plaque listed all of the Salem area car clubs. Jim was deeply
touched by the honor as it was a great way to wrap up a perfect
show. Thanks to everyone that showed up and made this event so
successful. Also thanks to Cindy Cocklin, Lawerence and Therisa
Burns, Michael, Russ Stromyere, Todd Martin, Brian Queen, Greg
Ashwell and Mike our security man, for all of their help.
Auto Electric, Executive
Auto, Evergreen Mortgage, Mac Tools, Jim Rugg, Garys Automotive
and Paint Striping, Competition Printing, Fuel Injection Ent.
The Martin Family, Kelle and Son's Carpet, Tunguska Blast, Tom's
Trophies, Kalitta Motorsports, Anderson Performance, Elite Window
and Gutter Cleaners. Canby Transmission, Wilson's NAPA Auto Parts
Stores, Sizzler Steak House, 12th Street CarQuest, Mr. Models,
Proline, Chuck Stenberg Productions, nw dragracing.com, Woodburn
Dragstrip, Salem Blue, War Hock Racing, South Salem Ace Hardware
and Walery's Pizza.
I would like to thank
every one for supporting or sponsoring the car show. It means
a lot to us and we are very relieved to get this help from everyone.
Feedback is coming in
from people who have viewed Chuck Stanberg's documentary "Wheels
of Speed Heart of Compassion". The film centers around the
Capitol Racing team and Rich Bailey's unique approach to motorsports
marketing and helping out people in the community at the same
time. Everyone who have seen it have said that it's very enjoyable. In fact,
Comcast has added an extra viewing in January. Also, another
story about the film is in this month's issue of Salem Monthly
which is available all over the area.
Channel 22 during December:
16, 7:00 PM
Friday December 21, 9:00 PM
22, 4:00 PM
Sunday December 23, 6:00 PM
I hadn't seen Jeff since
Thanksgiving day and when people would ask how he was doing,
I'd say he was making slow progress which was the last I heard
from folks that had seen him recently. That is until tonight.
I finally had some time and the HHR was available so I went up
to see Jeff and was pleasantly surprised. We had our first two-way
conversation since the stroke and Jeff has made big strides since
I last saw him. He even asked about the car and we began planning
and discussing winter maintanance. I maybe jumping the gun with
glee but I'll bet you we'll see him back at the track a lot sooner
than anyone thought possible including myself. He may be home
before Christmas and possibly be at the car show. So keep the
- Thanks Rich Bailey
Racing: First the Parade, then TV!
The Capitol car received
a lot of exposure Saturday night. First the car was in the PGE
Festival of Lights CHRISTMAS Parade with an estimated crowd of
50,000 looking on. Then at 8:30 PM the documentary called "Wheels
of Speed Heart of Compassion " about the Capitol race team,
followed live coverage of the parade on the same channel (22)
in Salem. To see the complete listing of air dates for the documentary,
scroll down the page. This parade gets big exposure and is an
important event for Capitol Auto Group.
The weather was perfect but cold in the evening which brought
out a record crowd. On Sunday the car was at the Afterglow inside
the Pavilion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. A big thanks goes
to Cliff's Automotive for allowing us to use his lot, the Queen
family, The Grassman family, Jesse Lauener, Brent Sandford and
Dan Molds for all of their help this weekend. As always, Brent
was a trooper even with his broken collar bone.
Racing Welcomes Ken Logan
Capitol Racing welcomes
Ken Logan as a key member of the race team. Logan, a current
Bonneville racer is no stranger to drag racing as he and the
late Dale Smart tuned Gary Southern to the NHRA US Nationals
title in 1981. Their historic win fueled the move to screw blowers
by other Top Alcohol Dragster teams shortly there after. Logan
most recently worked on Clint Thompson's Top Alcohol Funny car
team. Logan will loan his vast amount of tuning experience while
crew chief Jeff Lauener continues to recover from a major stroke.
'"Bringing in someone of Ken's caliber is a big relief to
our team as it's doubtful that Jeff will be able to return any
time soon although we hope that he can. We are continuing to
do all we can to encourage Jeff and root for a complete recovery.
Until I hear otherwise, Jeff is still a big part of our team"
team owner Rich Bailey said.
After six months of editing,
shooting and a lot of hard work, Oregon filmmaker Chuck Stenberg
has finished his documentary on the Capitol Race team called
'Wheels of Speed Heart of Compassion". Those that have already
seen the film really enjoyed it. Comcast Cable in Salem will
air the 60 minute documentary in December, ten different times
during prime viewing hours. For those that don't have Comcast,
that would like to see it, we have DVD's available for the asking
. Request the film by Contact
us here. It should be noted that this is Mr. Stenberg's production
and was produced independently of the the race team.
See it now
The film can also be seen now on YOUTUBE
the story here
Hall Gone But Not Forgotten
In the 60's, 70's and
early 80's anyone with the desire and decent cash flow could
race a top fuel dragster regardless of sponsor dollars. In every
region of the country there was a core group of these dedicated
racers since you could still compete on the regional level and
there was match race money to be made. In the Northwest, the
core group consisted of Jerry"The King" Ruth, Herm
Peterson, "Gentleman" Hank Johnson and Ron Salisbury
just to name a few. But it was Ernie Hall that stayed with it
the longest until untimely death in 1989. Hall had just made
his quickest pass ever at the Northwest Nationals when he died
of a heart attack while packing the chutes after the run.
Hall, who owned Western States Fire Apparatus, was from Cornelius
Oregon and always had a clean operation. From the bright yellow
and black uniforms to the car itself, he had beautiful equipment,
although he raced out of a trailer that could literally fit in
one of his competitor's semi. While Hall never won a national
event, he came close as runner up at the 1978 Fall Nationals.
But it was his upset of Don Garlits in the semifinals of the
AHRA World Finals in Spokane that perhaps he was best known for.
Hall, a fire truck builder also is credited for his contributions
to safety. He pioneered the jaws of life and even arm restraints
which every dragster racer uses today.
After Hall's death
Doug Donkell bought his last dragster hoping to race it a couple
times a year. Out of respect for Hall, he could never bring himself
to repainted of even take Ernie's name off the car. He ended
up selling the car to Stuart Styles also of Cornelius, who owned
a private museum where the car sits today.
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