Hot weather brings Callaway to Shreveport GILLIAM, La. - With high temperatures forecasted in the low 90's, former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway plans to reenter competition during this weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil...
Hot weather brings Callaway to Shreveport
GILLIAM, La. - With high temperatures forecasted in the low 90's, former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway plans to reenter competition during this weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Red River Raceway just outside of Shreveport, La. Callaway feels the hot temperatures and track conditions should open the door for his blown alcohol combination to be competitive.
Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, parked his operation in protest of current Top Alcohol Dragster rules after the O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston. Callaway feels the current rules in the class give the injected-nitro combination a distinct advantage, except for limited cases. He is hoping this weekend's forecasted hot conditions will help level the field.
"We feel like we have one of the better hot weather tune-ups in the country," stated Callaway. "It's really sad the class has gotten so far out of hand I have to rely on the weather man and a divisional race track to have a shot at being competitive. If it was forecasted to be cooler, we would have just stayed at home. There's only a handful of races that have hot conditions and a marginal track. It remains to be seen how the cars will run this weekend."
"Sure we could go to every race out there, show up, run respectable numbers and maybe go a round or two if we get lucky," Callaway continued. "But I don't race just to show up. I got a lot of money tied up in the best of the best parts to win. It's just not realistic to win against the A/Fuelers in most conditions, so we might go to a couple of races here and there when it gets hot, and sit out the rest. We were geared up to run a full schedule of nationals and divisionals this year, but with the way the rules have worked out, we'll be on a very limited schedule. I think most of the blown racers out there are doing the same."
Callaway feels the answer to the rules problem lies with restrictions on how fast he can turn his supercharger.
"Bottom line is we need more boost to run with the A/Fuel cars," explained Callaway. "I think giving us some more overdrive this year would be a good start. There's no debating the fact the A/Fuel car is the faster car right now, yet they limit us on how fast we can turn the blower, and won't let us run the C blower, which is a far-superior supercharger."
Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars, with two more sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.