Winter Rod and Speed Show
Linn County Expo Center
West Coast Sha' Bang
Oregon State Fair Grounds
Portland Roadster Show
Rose Festival Drags
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Rocky Mountain Championships
Lost Creek Raceway
Night of Fire
Nitro Summer Nationals
Oregon State Fair
Blown Alcohol Championships
* Blown Alcohol Thunder Series
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Best in Class at Roadster Show!
The Capitol Auto Group Dragster won "Best in Class" at the Portland Roadster Show held at the Portland Expo Center. The Portland Roadster Show is the biggest indoor show in the Northwest as over 22,000 people attended the event in 2016. The crowd around the car was good all weekend especially on Saturday.
This year was especially sweet as a lot of work went into painting the car over the holidays. Painter Jeff Lewis had two cars in the show this year as Steve Marcus also won Best in Class in the Altered class. Also congrats to Don Burgoyne who won in the nostalgia class.
Time Reveals Individual Success for Even this Former Pit Rat
I went out to Woodburn on Saturday to get the car certified. It was wet, cold and miserable. While it was being looked over by an NHRA official, this guy walks into the trailer and says “remember me?”. To be honest I didn’t. Well, it turned out to be none other than Bob Rea, a former bracket racer that fell off the face of the earth decades ago!
I met Bob when I was just out of high school. I was doing hand lettering to make a few bucks before computers came along and I lettered his race car, a Plymouth Barracuda called the "Orange Express" along with several of his Ford construction vans.
At the time, I went up with Bob and helped him out at 64 funny cars where he went several rounds in the bracket class. It was low buck racing to the max! We drove late at night to get there and slept in his construction van the entire time with a pit bull. The field where everyone was camping in when we first got there at midnight was like Woodstock West with drums beating and loud music playing all night.
The next morning when we pitted I had a look around and the Snake was there, the Blue Max, the Hawaiian, McCulloch, Force, the Teacher’s Pet and even Paul Luppy were all there! I was in nitro heaven! At that event I almost got arrested but that’s for another story.
So, years later here we are talking about old times in the trailer housing my 200 MPH blown alcohol dragster. Time has revealed that this pit rat has come along way. The moral to the story is never give up on your dreams because if you give up your dreams won’t happen. If you don’t give up you’ve got a fighting chance.
Capitol Auto Group Racing Named NGK Spark Plugs Racer of the Month!
Capitol Auto Group Racing is NGK Spark Plug's Racer of the Month! Thank you NGK! We have always used NGK products and one time a crew member suggested that we try to get them as a sponsor. We thought we had no chance but it was worth a try, and here we are ten years later and they are still with us! They are truly the racer's choice for excellent, high performing spark plugs! March is also the month that the picture above is on the NGK Calendar and the banner on their FaceBook page.
Community supports Walery's Arreciation Night in droves!
Walery's Pizza Night a Big Success!
A grass roots movement on Facebook to support Walery's Pizza which was damaged by a crack head who caused $20,000 in damage Was a success. The whole thing began when your's truly posted on Facebook a suggestion to patronize at Walery's on Tuesday night in order to help Walery's recover some of their losses. Walerys was stuck with paying the first $10,000.
The idea spread like wild fire on Facebook in just three days. In addition, Mike Adams shared the idea on Gator Gaynor's show on KYKN. On Tuesday the place was packed all day and night. In fact, the pizza parlor had to close early because they were getting low on pizza dough.
Owners Dave and Marsha Walery were overwhelmed by the community support and thanked the hundreds of people that streamed into Walery's on that unforgettable Tuesday. Now that's supporting your sponsors!
Capitol Renews Team Partnership for 17th Consecutive Year
Promotion Motorsports Services LLC happy to announce that Capitol Auto Group has officially renewed our marketing partnership for the 17th consecutive year. "I would like to thank the management of Capitol for staying with me through thick and thin. This year we have supplied them a newly designed paint scheme that they can truly be proud of. It’s going to be a great season on the DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Series circuit" Said Rich Bailey driver and team owner.
Capitol Auto Group is one of the premier auto dealerships in the Northwest and is based in Salem, Oregon on the Parkway. They sell sell four of the leading brands including Chevrolet, Cadillac, Toyota and Subaru along with a great line of pre-owned cars. Look for our Capitol Deal of the week on the side bar of this page or go to www.capitolauto.com to see there current inventory.
Dragster Scored Best Engine at the Left Coast Sha'Bang Car Show!
The new Capitol Dragster scored the best engine award at the Left Coast Sha' Bang car show held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The award was totally unexpected!
ProMotion Welcome Guild Mortgage!
ProMotion Motorsports Services LLC would like to welcome Guild Mortgage and lending agent Vince Ventura to the race team's family of high quality sponsors.
Vince has 19 years in the mortgage industry and this is his 10th year of supporting ProMotion Motorsports. "We are glad that Vince Ventura continues to support our race team now that he has joined Guild" said team owner Rich Bailey.
If you are looking to refinance or are buying a home, perhaps your first, put Vince on your team! Vince can be reached at his Salem office at 503-932-4621 or online at http://www.guildmortgage.com/officers/vinceventura.html
Guild Mortgage is an Equal Housing Lender MLS #3274, OR ML-176. Vince Ventura NMLS#9030
Capitol Dragster Debuts at Show
If all the beautiful cars at the Winter Rod and Speed Show were not enough, the Capitol Auto Group Dragster went from nice looking to eye candy and recieved a lot of rave reviews including a seal of approval from none other than automotive artist and legendary drag racing icon Kenny Youngblood who was at the show as the guest celeb.
The car was painted by Jeff Lewis and the lettering was made by Mark Adam's at Supervinyl Signs and Banners. The rendeing and design was produced by Rich Bailey at ProMotion Motorsports Services LLC. Next, the car will be on display at the Left Coast Sha'Bang Indoor Car Show in Salem at the State Fairgrounds February 4th.
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