Driver Payouts - update for June 30th race night

We have had two Feature rain outs this season, once on opening night, May 26, and once last week, on June 23.  We have considered the options and were looking at running a double-feature night, but due to noise by-laws and curfews, we can’t fit it all in on a regular Wednesday night.

After the May 26th rain out, we promised a 50% payout increase to the drivers who were present that night.  We haven’t forgotten about that!   And we are going to keep that trend going for last week’s rain out, and pay an additional 50% to the drivers who were present.  What does this mean?

-         driver present May 26 but not June 23rd: payout is 50% increased

-         driver present June 23rd but not May 26th: payout is 50% increased

-         driver present on both May 26th and June 23rd:  payout is 100% increased

NOTE:  drivers must be present on June 30th to receive the additional money.


June 23 - Rockin Racing

Only a few hours after the earthquake rocked Capital City Speedway engines were firing up for practice.  The track and facilities were unscathed by the earthquake.

The racing was as hot as the weather.  There were changes in the top three in the majority of classes.  The racing this year is highly competitive and very close.  Dave Riopelle found out the hard way, as one disappointing heat race toppled him from 1st to 3rd in the Legends class.  The new leader of the class is Chad Windsor (#5), followed by Kevin Foisy (#55).  There is only ONE point separating Chad and Kevin.  Wonder who the leader will be next week?

The Mini-Stock class was huge!  Doug Mould (#27) continued his winning ways.  Will Mike Oakley (#09) be able to reach him?  Mike is trying hard, and has really upped his game.  He followed up last week's heat win, with two second place finishes this week.  The Mini-Stock class is fun to watch with two wide racing all through the class.

The Thunder Car class leaders got switched up.  Dave Stinson (#11) and Todd Musker (#53) swapped places.  Dave is now in second and chasing Greg Ogilvie (#7) for first place.  Ken Sproule (#99) had a really good night with a 1st and a 2nd place finish, vaulting him to within 1 point of the top three.

Late Model action was happening even when the cars were not on the track.   Spectators enjoyed watching long time racer, Kenny Baird (#2), lose his hair for a good cause.  Ken reached his goal of raising $2000 towards finding a cure for cancer - thanks donations from you!  Late model racing is super-close with only 4 points separating the top three; Justin Holtom (#17), Kenny Baird (#2), Sean Kennedy (#14).  It's anyone’s guess who will be leading next week.

Mother nature opened the racing with an earthquake and unfortunately she closed it as well. Rain stopped the racing action after the heat races.  Let's hope for dry weather next week so that we can get the finals in!

Snap-On Tools - donating tool boxes ($5600 value)

We mentioned a few weeks ago that Snap-On Tools would be donating a couple of tool boxes to the Feature Winners on September 18th.  We have even better news now – we have confirmed with them that they will be donating 1 rolling tool-box ($2500 value) for the Late Model race winner, and 3 work/shop-carts (valued at $900 each) to the winners of the Thunder Cars, Legends and Mini-Stock feature winners.  We look forward to some great racing on our final night!


Next Race - June 30 - Pre-Canada Day

CapCity staff will be giving out some Canada Day items for kids, including tattoos, stickers, and some Canadian Flags!

Kids - Ride in the Pace Car

Kids, don’t forget to put your name in to the nightly draw to ride in the pace car – the box is at the concession stand.  We’ll be drawing 2 names each night – first person whose name is drawn will ride in the pace car for the heat races, the second person will be picked up at intermission and ride in the car for the feature races

If races are rained out after the names are drawn, those two kids will be first on the list for the following week, so be sure to include your phone number so we can follow up with your parents.  Samuel Powers will get to ride in the pace car this week as this weeks races were rained out.

Don’t forget, the box gets emptied each night, so be sure to enter each week!

Ken Baird - Now Bald for Breast Cancer - $2000

Ken Baird reached his goal of raising $2000 for breast cancer research and was a willing participant as he sat on the front stretch during intermission on June 23rd to have his 8” pony tail cut off and his head shaved down to skin.  When we asked him the following day how it felt he said “Cool, and I’m surprised every time I see myself in the mirror!”  The clean-up crew were quoted as saying, “It was the first time we’ve ever had to sweep hair off the track!”

Heat Line-ups - Driver Payout Collection

There was a bit of confusion last week that we wanted to address.  The pill-pull for heat race starting positions will be at the pit gate until Big Dan arrives, then Miranda will be moving to a table at the tech shed until last-call at 6:30pm.  Drivers must still sign a waiver at the pit-gate, THEN come to the tech shed to pull their number for their starting position in the heats.  If a driver does NOT pull a number, they will be starting at the rear of the field.   

ROOKIES/NEW DRIVERS – still need to pull a number each night, then check the “SCR” (scratch) box on the line-up sheet.  This confirms your attendance for the night and your choice to go to the back.  Reminder:  rookies or drivers new to the class are to start at the rear of the field for a minimum of 3 feature races at CapCity; the race director will, at his discretion, put a car to the back if he feels that driver does not yet have sufficient experience to start mid-pack. 

PAYOUTS – Miranda will have payouts available with the line-up sheets.


Monday Night Practice

With the success of this past weeks practice night we will continue to have open practice on Monday nights for the rest of the summer.

Mother Nature - Hits again

In a strange parody of events, it seems Mother Nature doesn’t seem to want to work with us this year.  Making the call to cancel a night’s racing is a tough one, but we felt it best in the interest of the racers and track-sustainability to do so this past Wednesday.  As with this past Saturday’s events, we look at the hourly forecast to see what the weather is supposed to be doing and make a judgment based on that.  Saturday’s forecast showed to be clearing by noon and while we knew the fan-count would likely be lower, we still went ahead with the races.  This past Wednesday was unfortunately not as favourable.  We’d like to thank all the racers for their continued support and we are crossing our fingers for a sunny day next Wednesday!

Thunder Car - Results from Saturday

The Thunder car feature was shaping up to be a battle between defending champion Greg Ogilivie and Ken Sproule.  With each driver winning a heat race the feature was set.  Unfortunately, problems with the 99 would not set up the battle that we had hoped.  Greg Ogilive went on to win by a large margin and is once again showing that he is the man to beat.

Greg Ogilive and the #7 team have shown what it takes to win a championship and be a dominating team.  With the support of many advertisers Greg would like to thank Dean Ryan's Landscaping, Kott Lumber, Ellocott Electric, Mark MacLean - Snap-On, Benson's Performance, JPN Engines, Barrhaven Certiguard, SFL Metal Works, and Castrol Oil.

The number 7 team also helped out the 14 of Tim Illingworth get his car going again and make the feature.  It is this kind of team support in the pits that makes this sport what it is. 

A huge congratulations goes out to Greg Ogilivie and that number 7 team.  Now who is going to beat him?


Monday Night Practice - Is Back Again

With the weather being so uncooperative for teams to shake out their cars, we’ve decided that starting next Monday, June 21st, we will be holding open practice nights on Mondays from 4:00-9:00pm.  The Ambulance and safety crews will NOT be there, so it will be single-car practice sessions only.  If we have a large regular turnout, we will consider bringing the Ambulance back in once a month, however there is a cost to that and we need to make sure we at least balance out for the night.  We will also speak with Busters and see if they can staff the canteen and offer a limited menu on those days also.  The cost for Monday Night Practice will be $25 per car.


Ken Baird - Bald for cancer update

Several teams have stepped up to help Kenny’s cause, including Howards Pawn Shop, Ogilvie Race Team, #59 Madore Racing Team, and a few smaller donors through the pits.  With these donations, Kenny has now raised over $1000!!!  He’s half-way to the $2000 goal he wants to reach for shaving his head.  Thank you to everyone, and keep them coming!  To make your donations through the track, please send an email to Miranda Coulter.

New Track Advertiser - Toy Storage

We’d like to welcome our newest sponsor, Toy Storage, to Capital City Speedway. 

Their indoor and outdoor storage is your best choice for safe and reliable storage. They care about your toys and they will keep them dry and safe during the winter and summer months   They offer unbeatable prices and efficient and friendly service. They offer a 40' x 70' heated storage facility, a 70’ x 168’ unheated storage facility and outdoor storage as well, where they can store your boat, trailer, Sea-Doo, RV, car, motorcycle and or other toys. NEW THIS YEAR: Weekly outdoor parking for the summer months for those who need storage for RV, trailers, boats and heavy equipment.  Visit their Website for more information.  Spaces for the 2010 Season are filling up fast!!  Call to reserve your space before it’s too late!!


Racing this past weekend was excellent

Mother nature has not been very kind to start the 2010 race season but we were able to get our first full day of racing in.  There was great racing in all classes as all classes saw increased car count.

This weekend was the 30 lap Legends Regional Qualifier and the first annual Summer Shootout 100 lap late model race.  The weather certainly kept some travelling teams at home.  The 77 Late Model and Legend owned by Tim Fernandez was making the trip until the rain fell on Saturday morning.  Other Late Models were also making the trip from Kawartha. 

The #99 Late Model of Tim Burke still made the trip and finished in the #3 spot.  Tim's post race comments included how smooth the new pavement in and how much fun he had.  Tim stated he will certainly be back this season and will spread the word with his fellow racers.   Justin Holtom in the #17 Top Hat Late model finished in the #2 spot and was tough competition all day long.  Justin is the 2009 up and coming stock car racer and he showed why this weekend.  Justin was all over the back of the race winner #14 Sean Kennedy.  Sean is the defending champion of the mid summer 100 lap late model race and he defended that title in style.  "Mr. Kennedy" seems to have his car dialled in for the new asphalt.  Sean led most laps of all drivers on the day on his way to the win.  Congratulations go out to all drivers who put on a great show.

The Legends Regional Qualifier is for those Legends drivers who are looking to go to Nationals as the must win race of the year.  This race recognizes the top driver from each division.  Legends run 3 classes all at the same time at Capital City speedway with each driver competing in Master which is for drivers 40 and over, Pro for those drivers in the premier group with more than 4 years of experience, and Semi-pro for drivers with 3 years experience.  Kevin Foisy showed once again that he is the dominate driver at Capital City speedway.  Kevin also won the Masters qualifying position and now has a provisional in the A-Main in Virginia this year.  Chad Windsor ran very strong and if lap traffic had not gotten in his way was definatly challenging Kevin for the over all win.  Chad was able to win the Pro qualifying position.  Jeremy Coulter the General Manager of Capital City Speedway ran his only Legends race of the season at his home track and was able to win the Semi-pro qualifying position.  He intentions so far are to go to Nationals in the fall.

Mini-Stock put on one of the best races they have ever run at Capital City Speedway.  With 7 cars running at the front it was anyone's race to win.  Kyle Chartrand held off defending champion Doug Mould for the win.

4-fun was won by Quincy Roberts as he looks to be a tough car to beat this season.


Saturday June 12 - Races and Camping over

Plenty of teams have been out at the track this week making sure their cars are ready for Saturday’s races.  The 100-lap Late Model Feature and the 30-lap Legends Regional Qualifier are sure to put on a good show (with increased purses for both), along with the 4-for-Fun, Thunder Cars, and our large field of Mini-Stocks. 

The full-day schedule is available at this link.  We want to make sure all the events are fit in (especially given the latest forecast), and with that in mind, we may make some adjustments throughout the day, but will definitely be having time limits for each heat and feature race – if the checkered flag has not flown when “time is up”, the race will be called and the racers will be scored as they cross the start-finish line for that final lap.  Depending on how many Late Models join in the fun, the race format might change to a single 100-lap race, instead of twin 50’s.

Teams are welcome to camp over on Friday and Saturday nights, although there aren’t any power or water hookups in the camping areas (CapCity’s bathrooms will be open but do not have drinkable water).  The designated camping area is at the far-side of the parking lot, away from the tower and concession area.


Toromont Cat - signs back on with CCS

It has been several years since Toromont has been involved with Capital City Speedway, but they have returned.  Toromont is Ottawa's premier large equipment company.  Caterpillar has been involved with Nascar and Jeff Burton and now these two great companies are supporting local stock car racing.


Baird goes bald for Cancer - the gauntlet has been thrown

A couple of weeks ago we announced Ken Baird's intention to shave his head and beard off in a fundraising effort for Cancer Research. Over the last couple of years, Ken has grown his hair so that an eight inch ponytail can be cut off and donated for a Cancer patient’s wig. Once $2000 is raised, he will shave his head and then for an additional $1000 shave his beard.  He already has donations starting to come in but has quite a way to go to reach his goal.  The hope is that on June 23rd, just over 2 weeks away, he will have the ponytail cut and his head shaved during intermission at the track.  

We have had several people come forward and they have made a $100 challenge to all race teams, sponsors, fans, and car owners. Wayne Young of Young's Speed shop, Len Bertrand of Lentech Motorsports, and Todd Gow of Gow Property Management have thrown down their gauntlets and have committed to a donation in the amount of $100 each.

 They all feel that it was time Kenny had a shave and a haircut!

 They are asking all of you, fans, drivers, sponsors and car owners alike to meet this donation so we can help raise funds for Cancer Research. The goal here is to raise at least $3,000.00 so on Wednesday June 23rd during intermission we can watch Kenny have his head and beard shaved clean.

 The team who makes the largest donation will have the honours of holding the clippers to shave off Ken’s flowing locks. 

Tomorrow (Saturday, June 12) Capital City Speedway will have Pledge Forms at the Pit-Gate sign in desk, the tech building, and at the front gate for your donations. We feel we need to assist Kenny in his commitment to this worthy cause any way we can. Please note that any and all donations, regardless of the amount would be greatly appreciated.

Any and all who accept this $100(+) challenge can email Miranda Coulter and we will publish the names on the CapCity site. Please note: all cheques should be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.


Next JM Motorsports Race Experience - July 11

As seems to be the case with CapCity events this year, the JM Motorsports Racing Experience held last weekend started out with rain.  The radar showed the weather would clear around 3:30, so Jeremy and Miranda got in touch with the students and agreed to a later start to the day, with the theory portion starting at 1pm, and the on-track experiences starting at 5:00.  As predicted, the weather did clear and a great time was had by all.  One of the graduates will be renting a car on race night next week, with the intention of buying his own later in the season.  One of the other students also showed some interest in getting started, so we might see 2 more drivers out there this season.  The next Race Experience will be held on Sunday, July 11.  Email Jeremy and Miranda to sign up.


Track Fuel - now available

Drummond's fuel will be at the track for all race events this season.  What this means for the racers is they no longer need to stop at the gas station on the way to the track or look for race fuel during the week.  The truck will be located next to the tech shed and will have 94 octane premium pump gas and 103 octane race fuel. 

See Mike or Tom Kenyon at the parts trailer to obtain fuel.


Former Cap City drivers - getting hitched

Our congratulations go out to former CapCity Legends Racer, Frank Johnston, and his (now) fiancé, Shannon Stiles.  They will be having a private ceremony later this summer to tie the knot.

Innovative Logistics to sponsor June 16th races

Innovative Logistics has singed on to be the title rights advertiser for Wednesday June 16. 

Innovative Logistics Services Inc., established in 1996, is a Northeast Ohio transportation company specializing in truckload dry van service.  They service the 48 continental states and Canada utilizing both their asset based company “Essential Freight Systems” and their brokerage services company to meet theircustomer service requirements.  They currently have terminals in Macedonia, OH, Houston, TX, Irvine, CA and Wheeling, WV. as part of their asset based operation.

Innovative Logistics Services, Inc. is a privately owned corporation that has continued to grow year after year by providing personalized attention and customer service that is second to none in the industry.  They aim to satisfy their customers shipping needs in order to bring the highest level of customer service and value for their business.  The company’s goal is to bring top quality service as well savings to thei customers. They build partnerships with customers that enable us to understand their specific transportation needs and create a mutually beneficial relationship.


Get Ready for Saturday, June 12th

Mother Nature hit hard just before race-time on Wednesday with heavy rain that gave our new track surface rivers and puddles to contend with; the race night was called due to weather at 4pm.   

Having only gotten one uncompleted-night of racing under our belts so far this season, there are many drivers out there who are still working the bugs out of their cars, getting ready for June 12th, and not racing this past Wednesday has put a crimp in those plans.  The track is available for rentals this coming week – please coordinate with Jeremy to schedule a convenient time for you and your team.

 The schedule has been set.  Click here for a copy.  Pit gates will open at 9:00, with practice starting at 1:00pm.  Spectator gates will open at 11:00am.  As with our race nights, we will have a set rotation for practices.  We’re tightening it up a little, and will be giving each class 5-minute intervals – for most classes that should work out to over 10 laps per set.

 We will keep with our new nightly format of drawing for Heat line-up position (2nd heat is an inversion of the 1st).  The cut-off time for driver sign in on Saturday will be 3:00pm.  The cumulative points of the heat finishes will be used to determine the starting order for the Feature races.  Also in keeping with our new weekly format, we will draw for an inversion in each of the Features – anywhere up to the entire field (except for rookies, who will still start at the back).  That draw will be done by a fan in the stands.

 As mentioned in last week’s updates, we’ll be doing a draw for a PS3 and an iPod at intermission on Saturday.  Tickets will be sold at the main entrance and near the tech shed on Saturday:  PS3 $3ea, iPod $1ea.


Racers putting cars on display

Kyle and Marc Chartrand put the #3 mini-stock on display last weekend at Monkey Joes for the car show held last weekend.  This is a great opportunity for the speedway, racers, and the fans.  Fans get the opportunity to get up close to the car and the driver.  For the car owner and driver this is a great way to get exposure for the sponsors.

Banner Night returns

Kids, here is your chance to show your support for your favourite driver.  On Wednesday July 14 kids, bring a banner to the races that you have made for your driver in any class.  At intermission we will bring each person with their banner down to the start finish line where the fans will pick their favourite banner and that person will have their picture taken with their banner, driver, and car.  The winner will also receive a ride in the pace car for one race.

Drivers Sign in

To avoid congestion at the pit gate, as soon as Dan arrives to relieve Miranda, she will be moving the driver sign-in, Heat line-up draws, and previous week’s payouts to the tech-shed area.  Cut off for Wednesday night sign-in is 6:30pm.  Anyone who has not signed in by that time and has not pulled a number for the heat line-ups will be put to the back of both heats.

Enduro Race - June 16th

Enduro races are a particular crowd favourite, and we’ll be having our first of the season on Wednesday June 16th.  To register, please send an email to Jeremy (link) with the following information:

-          Your name

-          Your vehicle type

-          Your vehicle number

-          List of Sponsors

As agreed in the pre-season meetings, any car that cuts a tire will be black-flagged and asked to immediately leave the track.  This is to prevent gouges in the new track surface from cars running on rims.  There’s no limit to the number of tires you can use, so have your crew ready to change them fast and get back out on the track!

Click here for Enduro Rules


Increased Payouts will carry over

The 50% increase to regular-night payout will carry through to Wednesday June 16th for Legends and Thunder Cars, and June 23rd for Late Model.  Late Models are not running on June 16th.  Only those teams who were present at the races on May 26th are eligible to receive the increased payout.


New Lap Sponsor - Legends Lap 15

Capital Water Supply has signed on to be a full-season lap-sponsor for the Legends Class, Lap 15.  Thank you, and welcome!