Baytown: Lee Callaway preview

Callaway hoping to start year with a bang at home track BAYTOWN, Texas - After spending the offseason updating his car from front to rear, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Lee Callaway is ready to start the year with a bang during this weekend's...

Callaway hoping to start year with a bang at home track

BAYTOWN, Texas - After spending the offseason updating his car from front to rear, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Lee Callaway is ready to start the year with a bang during this weekend's NHRA Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at Houston Raceway Park.

Callaway, who lives within earshot of the track in Baytown, will debut an updated Chuck Haase' chassis and custom Rod Burke paint scheme this weekend. In between the framerails, Callaway has added a plethora of new parts and pieces that should give him the equipment to run with anyone in the country, according to veteran tuner Ora Vasquez. The team plans to test Thursday prior to the event.

"We really just want to run consistent and try to be competitive," said Callaway. "A lot of it depends on if we get to test on Thursday. We aren't picking up where we left off because we have a lot of new pieces. We need to get a new tune up for all of the new things on the car. We would like to make some test runs to get it all working."

With cool weather conditions forecasted for this weekend, Callaway is hoping that he will be able to improve on his career-best elapsed time of 5.53 seconds at 256 mph. In similar conditions at last year's O'Reilly Spring Nationals, Vasquez tuned Joe Fuentes' Top Alcohol Dragster to 5.3 second elapsed times en route to a runner-up finish. Callaway is confident with his new equipment and car, Vasquez can find the same results with him.

"I would like to think that since I have everything on the car that Ora had when he was tuning Joe Fuentes' car, that I can run as fast as he did," stated Callaway. "They ran high .30's and .40's with his combination last year in Houston. I'm hoping that if everything goes right, we should be able to run real close to those numbers."

"I really want to get the year started out on the right foot, especially with this being my home track," added Callaway. "South Texas Dental has stepped up again this year to give us some backing, and with this being their home event, we want to put on a good showing for them."

Qualifying begins on Friday at 4 p.m. for the Top Alcohol Dragsters with two more sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in the world of alcohol racing.

For more information on South Texas Dental, visit their website at SouthTexasDental.com

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