Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy New Year to All !!!

The Gow Family would like to wish all of you
a Safe and Happy New Year.

2012 Comes to an End

The Gow Family would like to thank all of you for your help in making 2012 a great year. It takes a lot of work to make Capital City Speedway work and we could not have kept it open without your support. Support for the track comes from a number of different people. Volunteers, advertisers, staff, drivers, car owners, friends, family and from our great fans. We need all of you to keep things going at Capital City Speedway and I hope we can count on your support to keep things going in 2013.

In 2012, we continued to make progress on a number of different areas and a number of different venues. This year we focused on the re-opening of the Drag Strip and by the support we saw over the year, we can expect even bigger car counts and support for Drag Racing at CCS in 2013. We saw an increase in our spectator count for  Stock Car racing, compared to 2011, and we saw some growth for Drifting. Hopefully, that progress will continue, and 2013 will be our best year yet. It has been a bumpy ride over the last two years, but dare I say that the road will be a smoother one moving forward? One thing I do know is that if we see continued support from our CCS supporters and grow it some more for next year, we are bound to be successful. What that means to all of us is that CCS will remain open and continue to offer a variety of motor sports activities to all.

In 2013, our energies will be directed on making the Drag Strip even better. We have a number of initiatives planned to make it more professional and functional. We are currently working with the City on some zoning issues that need to be cleaned up and once those are done, we hope to re-open the Stittsville Flea Market at CCS. We have a long way to go yet to make that happen, but we are trying hard to bring another venue to our facility. Our goal  is to continue adding days, or nights where we have something going on. This is the only way we can continue to operate this facility and keep it profitable. If we can do that, then it bodes well for all of us.

Thank you for being a part of Capital City Speedway, and we hope to see you in 2013.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas to All.


From the Gow Family to our extended family of Drivers, Advertisers, Staff and Fans - We wish all of you a safe and very Merry Christmas.

Up to Speed

Although the track is closed for the season, our work here never really is done. We have started working on several projects for the 2013 season that will keep us busy until Opening Night.

Stock Car:

We have received favourable reviews of our new Thunder Car rules. Several teams have made mention that they are happy with the new rule package and believe we will have a very competitive field in 2013. The size of that field is yet to be determined, but I hope we will see some new cars come on board as a result of those changes. We know of one at this point, but let me know of any new drivers that plan on coming out. Things can get slow from a news perspective, so if you have some news you would like to pass along, please send it over. The key to the success of the Thunder Car field will be in getting back all of last years cars, and building on that number. We hope to see all of our Thunder Cars from last year make it back in 2013.

We have been having a number of conversations with other new drivers coming out in Four for Fun and Mini Stock. Again if we can get back our 2012 cars, with some new additions, will make 2013 one of the best years yet. We will continue to work with these individuals, and any new ones to keep Stock Car Racing in Ottawa going. For us to be successful, we do need new stock car drivers, so if you were thinking about it, give me a call and we can set you on the path to being a new driver with us.

I have talked to some old CCS drivers who will be making CCS there home for 2013. I will bring you up to date when they are ready to announce their plans for 2013.

Flea Market:

We are actively working with the City to clean up some zoning issues so we can make the Flea Market a viable business in 2013. I love this concept and am very eager to see it happen this summer. I was a regular at the old one on Hazeldean road, and I think we can revive an old Ottawa tradition for some of those flea market fans, and make some new ones as well.

Drag Track:

We will be having a Fund Raiser in February to help raise money to replace our stolen wire from the track. Pam is working on the details, and once we have them we will pass them along to you. Thanks to Pam and friends for all of their work on making this happen. We have a couple of new Drag Racers that have already signed up for our new Saturday Night Shoot Out Series. One Junior and one Senior. As mentioned earlier, if we can get enough drag cars signed up we can expand on the classes offered. We will look at a Street Car class, and perhaps a Motorcycle class. Capital City Speedway is here for you and we want this to work for all of us. So talk to your friends and if you want us to expand our current classes and we can get enough drivers signed up for them, it will happen.


Drifting will once again be a part of CCS in 2013. We hope to see all of our drivers back from last year and we hope to see a few new faces as well. We will be working on this program in the early new year and see if we can grow this for 2013.

2013 will be a pivotal year for Capital City Speedway. If you want CCS to continue to offer a place to play, a place to enjoy watching motor sports, or just a place to be on a Wednesday,Thursday, Friday, Saturday and hopefully a Sunday, then we will need all of your support to make this happen.

Watch for our new program in 2013 - " Friends of Capital City Speedway "

We have not had a lot of changes made to our Nostalgia Room over the last two years and we hope to change that for 2013. If you have some old CCS memorabilia around and would like to donate it or lend it to us for 2013, than please let me know.

I look forward to seeing all of you at the races in 2013.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CCS Drags Saturday Night Shootout Series Coming in 2013

Capital City Drags is pleased to announce that we will have a 5 race Championship Point Series for 2013. The Saturday Night Shootout Series tentative schedule is as follows: May 25th, June 22nd, July13th, August 17th and September 14th. It will be a best of four, meaning it is ok if you miss a night or want to drop your worst night. It will be an open competition with no delay box use. You will have to buy a $ 25.00 membership for registration in this series to have your points accounted for. This series was put together for our Drag Racers and will have nightly payouts. We are looking at $50.00 buy in, 1 $ 50.00 buy back, with $ 500.00 payout per night. For this to happen we will need to have over 30 cars registered for this series, and 24 entries per event. Event payouts will be based on car counts, but we will need to see support for this to even get off the ground.

If we can get enough interest, we will look at having a seperate Street Car Class Championship Series as well.

Our Saturday Night Shootout Series will include Junior Dragsters, and they will have their own point championships. Again, depending upon the support for this class, will determine event payouts and championship payouts as well.

I hope to announce that we will have a Drag meeting sometime in January so we can get together and discuss the direction of the track and to find out where you want us to go for our weekly events and our Saturday Night Shootout Series. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Monday, December 17, 2012

2013 Rules Now Posted

It has been a while in the making, but the 2013 Rules have been posted. The new Thunder Car rules are a part of this rule package, so for the people waiting for those can now proceed with their changes for the 2013 season. We will be adding to the Thunder Car rules shortly with the new spec shock.

The changes to the Thunder Car rules have been broadened to allow the new tube chassis's and some built motor rule changes have been made to give the guys who use them, a bit more ponies, and changes to give them more tourque. We will have a higher standard weight in 2013 to help make this class a little more even from car to car. These changes will hopefully make this class more competitive this year, and hopefully we will have a higher car count.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thunder Car News

I wanted to clarify some issues that seem to be out there in the rumour mill. The rumour is the changes we are making will make some current Thunder Cars obsolete. Well, in fact the very opposite is true. The changes we are making will make our older Thunder Cars more competitive with the new class of Thunder Car.

There seems to be a misconception about the new rule allowing Metric tube Chassis cars in the class. There is no competitive advantage with this new rule change. Both cars, original chassis cars and tube chassis cars, have the same measurements and both weigh about the same. The only advantage with a tube chassis car will come when it is time to repair the frame. This rule was made as moving forward the GM original chassis will in fact cost you more to make it race ready, and will be harder to get. By allowing the metric tube chassis car allows our prospective Thunder Car drivers to purchase a wider array of cars available on the market today. This ultimately will reduce the cost of getting involved with the Thunder car class.

We have made changes to the built motor option to make the motors closer to the horsepower and torque output of the 602 crate. The changes from a cost perspective are small to update the built motor to compete fairly with the crate motor option. If you cannot afford a new crate motor, then you can make some minor changes to your built motor and be able to compete with them. This will again bring the cost down to compete in the class.

The weight for all cars will be increased to a minimum of  3200 lbs, with penalties for performance upgrades. This means that our top runners from last year will have to add on average over 150lbs from last year. This will bring up the competitiveness of the heavier cars we had out last year.

The rules have been rewritten and are going through a final reading before being released. We should have those by the end of the week.

These changes were made to make our Thunder class more competitive for all drivers, reducing the cost for someone to get a Thunder Car, and to make the racing more enjoyable for our drivers and fans alike.

Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions on the new rules.

Todd Gow

Monday, December 3, 2012

Classifieds Page Cleaned Up

Please note we have gone ahead and deleted all ads from the classifieds page to start fresh once again. If we deleted your ad and you still wanted it up, please re send the information you want posted and we will add it back.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Capital City Speedway Races Again in 2013

We are pleased to announce that the Drummond Family and the Gow Family have reached an agreement on terms for the 2013 season. What that means for all of us is that Capital City Speedway will be the place to be if you are a motor sports fan in 2013. We have lots of new plans and ideas for the new season and we hope you will be a part of it. Again this year, we hope to expand on the services offered and are working on bringing back some good old fashioned Sunday shopping. Over the last several years the track has struggled financially, but with our expansion plans for this year, we hope to make the facility profitable once again. If we can make this happen, hopefully, we can all enjoy the facility for years to come.

Stock Car Program:

We are making some changes this year to how things were done to improve on the excitement factor for our Wednesday Night Stock Car show. In order to increase the racing factor, in 2013 we will be doing our feature line ups based on a reverse of points. What this means is that the points leaders will start the feature at the back and have to move up through the rest of the field in order to get up front and win. This will create more passing on the track and hopefully put on a better show for our great fans.

To help our fans get back out to the track every week, there will be no ticket price increases in 2013.

We should see new cars in every class and as long as we do not loose any of our current racers, we should see better car counts in every class. The Vintage Modifieds will be back 5 times throughout the season, and we could not be happier with them joining us once again. Thanks to Paul Billings for making that all come together once again. The Dinardo Karts will be back 5 times in 2013. Frank Dinardo put this program together late last season and with some time to develop it, we should see a much higher Kart count this year. If we can get a higher Kart count, look out for some really cool racing. We will have 5 enduro's this year again, and we look forward to seeing an even higher car count than we did last year. On average, we had over 35 cars for each enduro last year, and I expect even better numbers for 2013. Every year, we try and make Capital City Speedway a better place to be and 2013 will be even better than last year. If you are interested in being part of the team this year, whether it is as an advertiser, or looking to start your racing career, than please give me a call at 613-723-7223.

Drift Program:

We will be Drifting on Thursday Nights , and we hope to see all of our Drifters back in 2013. We look forward to having a higher car count this year, and expect some really great Drift Nights. We are expecting to hold one or two Amateur Drift Competitions this year and are hoping for a great turnout for these events.

Drag Program:

The recent theft of our lighting wiring has set us back, but with the much appreciated support from the Drag racing community we hope to back up and running in early spring. We will be expanding on our Drag Program in 2013, as the support for this venue in 2012, showed us that the re opening of the Drag Strip was a big hit. The support for the Drag Strip continued to grow until late in the summer, and by then it was time to close it down. We hope to start where we left off last year, and grow from there. We will be introducing a four race Championship series, along with a four race Junior division Championship series. We will also be looking at extending our timing system to include the 1000 foot mark, as well as the 1/8 mile. These will give some of our Street Cars a little more length, and a little more speed. Watch for our 4 Cylinder Tuner Car Shootout. I am very excited about the number of different things that we will offer at the Drag Strip this year. Stay tuned for the 2013 schedule and schedule of events.

Summer Slam 2013:

The Monster Trucks will not be back in 2013, but we have added a Demolition Derby to the schedule instead. We are working on the details now and should post in the near future about the rules and purse (s).

The 2013 Stock Car Schedule is now posted and we do not expect any changes as of now. Opening Night will be  May 22, 2013.

Now that we are back up and running we hope to bring you all of the new stories and the keep you up to date on the old ones. If you have any news or stories you would like to share please send them over to me at and we can get them up for you. New car, new advertiser, new driver ? - Let us know.

On a personal note - I would like to thank all of those individuals and businesses that have come forward with offers of help and financial donations to get the Drag Strip back up and running. I could not do it without you, and for that, I thank you.

See you at the races in 2013.