Capitol Raceway To Open Friday

Raceway Promotions LLC have reached a new management agreement for Capitol Raceway.

Start your engines. will open Friday for the season under new management.

Raceway Promotions LLC reached a new management agreement to bring the storied racing track back to running shape.

“Capitol Raceway will once again be a hard hooking, well run track that makes drivers and team owners feel needed and wanted and keeps the fans coming back for more. We realize that for this track to be successful, we must keep the racers happy and provide them with a facility that they look forward to coming to each week," said new owner John Crane, in a press release.

Raceway Promotions is co-owned by Crane and B.J. Herrell.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for B.J. and I to go back to the golden days of drag racing. We both are delighted and proud to be operating the track and believe our ideas to make this the hub of racing in the Baltimore/Washington area can be realized with our knowledge of the racers, the fans, and all the business owners that support the racing community," said Crane in a press release. "It is our expectation that once the racers see how we operate the track, the community will embrace us with open arms."

The track will open Friday at 5 p.m. and again on Saturday at 11 a.m. for test and tune only.

Price of admission to enter a car for test and tune is $20, while spectators will pay $10.

Capitol Raceway is located at 1455 Jackson Rd.

Are you excited to see Capitol Raceway open? Tell us in the comments.

Muffler May 08, 2012 at 06:00 PM
said Crane in a press release. "It is our expectation that once the racers see how we operate the track, the community will embrace us with open arms." Make the racers happy and the community will embrace the track. How about do something and have the track embrace the community and help the community put up with the noise at least, require all of the race cars to use mufflers. Performance mufflers are on the market. In 1961 the track was out in the country. Over the last 60 years the area has progressed and neighborhoods are all over the place. I wonder how many of the racers live close enough to the track they can hear the noise in their yards.Times change and some things just don’t belong anymore. How many thousand people are forced to listen to the noise from a hundred cars? I know Truth, the second most asanine thing you ever read.
RWat30 May 09, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Stop crying oh I can hear loud noise if you wanted peace and quite you should've moved to the country. That track is a landmark In the DMV region now you want it to shutdown. Let me guess you want them to build another outdoor mall in its place. Shut up your kids aren't being affected as a matter of fact there probably aren't sleep anyway and the state and county governments wouldn't even entertain your arguement because it would be political suicide so, stop crying and chuck it up to the game because you moved to community you knew nothing about and you did zero research before moving and thats your dumb ass fault period.
Muffler May 09, 2012 at 05:37 PM
There is a huge difference between shutting it down and quieting it down. The noise can be quited and still allow the race track to operate. It is all in how the operators want to embrace the community or shut the community out. Political suicide, how? There are a small number of racers as opposed to the high numbers of citizens. A majority of the racers come from Baltimore and other regions to use the track. Now, what is wrong with requiring the racers to use some noise controlloing devices, mufflers, on their cars if anyone really cares about the communities around the track?
Brian C. May 09, 2012 at 05:41 PM
@Muffler How many thousand of people moved in to the neighborhood within earshot of the track but didnt care because the price was right and it was such a beautiful home? Come on, those who were not there before the track was there are really being selfish by asking a cornerstone of the community to change. The track owners did not ask for the thousands of people to move within earshot nor did they hide the fact that they were there. If the residence want to be angry with any one, it should be the persons who misled them and didnt tell them about the track noise. Dont take it out on the track owners, racers, or the fans of racers.
Brian C. May 09, 2012 at 05:45 PM
What is wrong with it is that if the racers cant race with unrestricted airflow, then the racers dont show up. If the fan cant hear and smell the cars, then the fans dont show up.
The Truth May 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Muffler you are wrong about what I would say. I think you have an excellent idea. An idea that deserves to be looked into.
Muffler May 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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Muffler May 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM
@The Truth, Thanks. Times have changed and the tracks should require the performance mufflers for the residents who live around the tracks and also for the hearing health of the racers.
Brian C. May 10, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Again fans love the sound and smell. Borla's XR-1 are still restrictive. It says so in the advert you posted. More air equals more power. More power equals more speed and faster times. More speed and faster times equal happy racers and fans. I still stand on why penalize the track for newcomers not doing their homework. If there is a way to make both parties happy I am all for it. But what I am hearing is that people want the track to close during its prime time of business. That just isnt right. Dont get me wrong Muffler, I get what you are saying about the sounds of the race track as I live within ear shot. I think the difference is that I knew it when I bought my home and I am ok with it. I would not ask the track to change something they have been doing many years because I didnt do my homework. Now if I someone decided to put a track in beside my home, I probably would fight it.
Brian C. May 10, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Just so you know if you didnt ....racers where ear protection. Most tracks also provide ear protection for fans too. I wonder if the same people who are asking for the track to make more concessions would ask the pro ball teams to not play night games because of the noise?
Muffler May 10, 2012 at 02:56 PM
The newcomer and homework goes both ways. New Management should expect the community issues to come up and have ways to address them. Not all racers wear ear protection, some do and some don't. "BORLA's XR-1® mufflers actually outflow a straight piece of pipe in repeated testing." Flow rate, get it in and get it out. The noise is more about the egos than performance. Most of the ball fields are built using environmental impact studies that include meetings for public comment. Maybe after the race track was closed and the new business opened under new management this process should have been followed. Oh, what does the noise smell like? I don't get that one. It isn't 1961 anymore.
RWat30 May 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Listen can't put those products on dragsters you kill the performance drag racing has always been about who's car is the loudest and fastest and there are many tracks around the country built near communities now some put noise walls up but those can look ugly . Political suicide yes a lot of the piticians are car enthusiast and even attend the races some of the professional athletes in the area do the same thing and that track holds significanes within the African American community that track brings revenue to that community and believe it or not when the builders where placing homes there the track was one of the attractions mentioned . Also if you put restrictions on the cars it won't allow the track to have national competitions because the requirement for the car wouldn't meet the proper standards, your suggestion would require the whole national drag racing association to change its standards and that's what I mean when I say political suicide. Understand that track is way bigger than your community and trust me if these new owners can bring the prestige back to that track and get things going and it becomes another international raceway like MIR in budds creek, trust me when I say this your community will go before that tack will. I work in the most political building in the nation and I've seen things like this with other things in other communities.
RWat30 May 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
And if you want two examples Fedx field no one in that community wanted that stadium people lined up to petition against it but it's there and nationals ball park in dc I don't know how long you have lived in this area but if your new let me explain no cares about your houses your community or how you feel about any of those things if the money is right and if you think I'm lying just wait and see.
Fred May 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Barney, If you bought a home on a golf course and didn't like the sounds of golf at 7:00am, golf balls bouncing off your roof, grill, and cars would you want the golf course closed down? How much revenue do you think the track brings to Crofton and Anne Arundel county. Cheers to John Crane!
Muffler May 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Great confirmation of the egos, yep BJ ad Doug and Alan dont want to put mufflers on their blower bracket dragsters. They can but egos say no. National event good luck, they are dying off. Capitol doesnt drive the whole drag racing association. Economic impact to the area, maybe at McDonalds or Popeyes nothing else. OK ma finished here yu cant have a discussion that s inflexible. The posts show you dont care about those who live in the area.
nicole May 12, 2012 at 03:19 AM
John, It is Friday night at 11:15 PM and I can still hear the cars.
TNT May 15, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Nicole, I was a resident of Crownsville for several years & could hear the cars from Capitol Raceway @ my house. The noise never bothered me. I do understand your arguement. Whe I lived in the Piney Orchard community, all I ever heard was the kids in thier imports running up & down the Parkway which was obnoxious.
TNT May 15, 2012 at 07:01 PM
levitt May 19, 2012 at 01:15 PM
when did you move in too your house
Marie September 16, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I cannot agree more! It's after 11 p.m. and the car engines are still blaring. Our windows are open and we are trying to enjoy the beautiful night breeze; however, all we can hear are the roaring, obnoxious engines while TRYING to sleep. It's been going on ALL day, but what about enforcing a noise restriction to 10 p.m.? That seems more than fair. I hate "those people" that have nothing better to do than complain, but since this has been the case for consecutive weekends, I feel compelled to say something in hopes this will change. I am now forced to close my windows (which does not help much).
Marie September 16, 2012 at 03:15 AM
PLEASE have some consideration for your fellow community members and STOP the racing AFTER 11 P.M. What happened to noise restrictions...or just common curtesy?
Marie September 16, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Chip Blankinship October 13, 2012 at 05:19 AM
and i will add this if yhe new owners take responcible measure that are the rules and guild lines for track owners they will get the races over by 10:00 , by making sure the racing doesn't stop for mid gruge racing and beckering about money , i havn't been to capital for over 30 years ! but i remember we had to be done by 10 for uncapped cars yhen they'd let street cars race capped up . give the new owners a chance to show you (the comunity) it can be done . but i will say this we at Old Dominon speedway faught for years to keep our way of life , but we have finaly lost 2013 will be our last year , but we are building a brand new track 40 miles south of woodbridge a new state of the art tracks 1/4 mile strip ,1/2 mile oval and a road corse . on 122 ac's come and visit guys ,Thornburg ,Va.
Muffler October 14, 2012 at 07:41 PM
The newest managers/operators or what ever they call themselves are not customer friendly. My experience there I was treated lime crap from the moment I parked. Manager, tech, water box and starting line crews were terrible at best. Track was marginal at best for the 1/4 mile. Great way to ruin a good track guys.
Joe Hill April 20, 2013 at 02:13 PM
if you didn't like it and knew you where moving next to one why did you that is the stupidest thing i ever heard
Joe Hill April 20, 2013 at 02:13 PM
i agree and with the history of the tract its wouldn't be hard to find it
"Down South" May 01, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Reading all these negative comments, I'm about afraid to attend the race this weekend. Well I have already made plans to travel 5 hours and ready to see some burnouts and smell some rubber. Therefore I'll be my own judge of managers/operators, the track, starting line crew, concession, etc. I'm looking forward to having a great time and don't mind how early or late I have to be there. Get your earplugs and binoculars ready, cause it's gonna be some great racing goin on.
Chris W May 01, 2013 at 10:31 AM
The track has a right to operate. It's been there for years and contributes to the economy. That said, restrictions on noise and/or limits on how late cars can race are perfectly reasonable. The situation requires balenced and a respect for both sides.
Buster Couch May 06, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Bj and Doug are good guys. They are racers who know how to treat customers. But if the customer is an uneducated moron who thinks 3rd grade was graduating, and his "Jawn" is teh fastest thing on the planet, they have to weed out the idiots!
Jay May 06, 2013 at 04:21 PM
The track is cool, but they should end it sooner around 9:00 PM would be a good compromise. I can slightly hear it in Piney O, I am more concerned about the rice burners on the Parkway. There seems to be some really good crack ups on that stretch of road. Too bad some end up dead before there time.


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