King Engine Bearings Returns as Bearing Sponsor
King Engine Bearings has returned as our main and connecting rod bearing sponsor. King has been with us for nearly a decade and have provided Capitol Racing with the best possible products. So far we have not spun a bearing since turning to King for all of our bearing needs.
King's product holds up well in extreem conditions where the connecting rods meet the crank shaft spinning at up to 9,000 RPM. This year King has a sharp looking new logo that will be placed on the dragster and trailer. Thanks to King for your support and excellent line of quality bearings.
Rick's Print Surprises Team with Rocketeer Design
We were surprised by this poster designed by Rick Bergeron of Rick’s Prints in Sweet Home, Oregon. It turned up at the Winter Rod and Speed Show and is so sharp and cool looking that Mark Adams of Supervinyl is going to make this bad boy into a big sticker and put it on the side of our new trailer.
You can get these done of your car by going to www.ricksprints.com. You can also find Rick at car shows shooting cars and coming up with creative backgrounds. Thanks Rick for doing such a great job on making the Rocketeer look so good. The design is killer.
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Another Spectacular Winter Rod and Speed Show!
The Winter Rod and Speed Show is now in the books and we had another great turnout. The quality was very good in the main building, probably the best ever. Kenny Youngblood was a hit as always and had more requests for pictures this year than last year. The "Left Coast Sha' Bang" located in the second building was off the hook and generated a lot of interest. Thanks to everyone that supported the show as a exhibitor, vendor, volunteer, sponsor or a spectator. Your participation was very much appreciated.
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2014 Year End Report:
Race Team Has Great Year On and Off Track!
It was a great year for our racing team. Part of the improvements this year was a very reliable transmission. Prior to the start of the season, some investments were made in better transmission parts as suggested by Jeff Marsh. It obviously helped as we didn’t burn up or hurt the transmission once throughout the whole season. We also drained the fluid after every run to inspect it and this cooled the transmission faster between runs. The engine stayed sound most of the year other than a mid season piston change and head repair but that’s par for the course.
The car got a lot of air in 2015 leading to spectacular wheelstands. Photo by Andi McFarland
After doing three big Oregon indoor car shows, we started out by testing at the Tulip Festival Drags at Woodburn Dragstrip (photo above) under questionable weather conditions but the weather did hold up so we were able to make a pair of good passes. From there we went on to Medford for the Season Opener and our first DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder event which we won and put us in the points lead. In the final round, our opponent Todd Miller crossed the centerline and hit the wall after I lost traction, but we still had low ET of the event in round two so we earned the right to be in the final.
Following some large scale shows including the Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Show Biz event, we relinquished our trailer as we waited for our new one to be completed. In the process, the trailer was a week late getting finished and we missed the Canada race in June but it was a blessing in disguise! At the next event, the Rose Festival Drags, we discovered that our heads had to be repaired and the pistons replaced after the engine got too hot and went lean in one of the nozzles. Fortunately, it was our only major repair of the 2014 season which kept our costs down considerably.
A nice launch against Kevin McCurdy. Photo by Dennis Volmer
Still in the lead but now tied with Mike Peck who won the Canada event, we headed for Renegade Raceway for race no. 3 in the DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Series. The car ran well and was pictured in a story about the new racing series on the well-read www.dragracingonline.com website. The car was not quick enough to make it to the final round but we picked up enough points to stay tied for first when the popular “Lady Elaine” funny car team skipped the second stanza and didn’t earn points for that round.
Next, we came home and made a pass on July 3rd at Woodburn’s Jet Car Nationals. It was my first pass at night there and it was quite thrilling as I did a monster wheelstand! The next day, we were at Western Days on the 4th and 5th of July and did the big parade there. If that wasn’t enough, the car was displayed at the Marion County Fair the following week. The next race for the team was in Spokane where we once again stayed tied for first with Peck and now Canadian Dane Latchelt who wound up winning the event.
Guitars Under the Stars was the surprise event in 2015. Photo by Mark Asburry
By August, we were back in display mode for the Keizer River Fest and then Guitars Under the Stars where we made lasting connections with The Guessing Game, one of the hottest bands in Seattle if not the country. I also participated in a meet and greet with some of the other artists there including Pat Travers.
We were then back on the road again, headed for Spokane for the final point race of the year. The car ran great again and recorded a 7.08 at a corrected altitude of over 5,000 feet! While the ET was wasn’t good enough to get in the final round I did get the “Good Vibrations Best Reaction Time Award” with an .0004 light which is great for a blown alcohol car. It was at this event where Dane Lachelt sewed up the Championship in the first round. We settled for second place overall when Mike Peck was unable to make the race. Still, not too bad as we were second out of 23 car that raced in our first year series.
Race no. two in Spokane. Photo by Annette Barton
In Late August and early September, the Dragster was displayed at the Oregon State Fair for the entire eleven days. Next, we raced at our final event of the year, the Fall Classic at Woodburn where we beat our opponent on 3 out of 4 passes. We finished out the year doing several holiday related events including a heavily attended Fall Harvest Festival at Bauman Farms and the recent Festival of Lights Christmas Parade which attracted over 50,000 people due to good weather.
To add a cherry to the top of a great year, the Dragster is featured in the 2015 NGK Calendar and the web site received at least 1.4 million hits in 2014. On January 3, 2015, we will do it all over again as the car will be rolled into the Linn County Expo Center for the Winter Rod and Speed Show.
This wheelstand caught by Dan Kaplan sums up the year: spectacular!
Thanks to sponsors companies who help us including Capitol Chevrolet , KYKN Radio, Adam’s Rib Smokehouse, IMAGE ACTIONWEAR INC., Royal Purple, NGK Spark Plugs, King Engine Bearings, Walery’s Pizza, Supervinyl Signs & Banners, John and Sharon Palmer, Competition Printing, Hillyer’s Tire, MV DETAIL , Canby Transmission, Salem Geeks, CPR Cylinder Head Repair, Odyssey Battery, and Cascade Trailers.
And 2014 team members
Rick Klampe, Brent Sanford, David Cookman Richard Lytle, Dawn Moles and Donnie and Randi Lee for making this a great year!
Blown Alcohol Thunder Added to IHRA Nitro Jam Event
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Here's some big news hot off the wire! The DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Series will be a class included in the televised IHRA Nitro Jam race at Spokane County Raceway July 9-10. If you are a blown alcohol racer with a regular roots blower and wanted to run at the new IHRA National event your time has come so start making your plans now! This will be the first IHRA national event that the Capitol team has ever competed in.
Belly Pans Required for all Spokane Events!
Craig Smith from Spokane County Raceway wanted to let Dragparts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder contestants know that they will need to have a belly pan under their engine and transmission if they plan to compete in either the funny car class or the Dragparts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Pro Comp class at either of the IHRA Nitro Jam or the Coors Night of Fire races. Because the IHRA race will be nationally televised they want to keep oil downs to a minimum. According to Craig “this is not an expensive thing to do. It’s winter time so now is the time to get it done.”
This rule only pertains to Spokans County Raceway and not any other tracks that hosts a Blown Alcohol Thuder event and includes dragsters and roadsters and not just funny cars. Craig has one on his Top Fuel Dragster so you might say he's leading by example. The good news is that the payout is the same for Blown Alcohol Thunder as it is for the funny cars so welcome to professional drag racing.
Read stories from 2014 here