Lee Callaway Baton Rouge wrapup

Callaway takes over points lead with win BATON ROUGE, La. - Defending Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway took over the Division 4 points lead with a big win at this past weekend's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at State ...

Callaway takes over points lead with win

BATON ROUGE, La. - Defending Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway took over the Division 4 points lead with a big win at this past weekend's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at State Capitol Dragway in Baton Rouge, La. The win also clinched his spot as the Division 4 Jegs All-Star representative.

Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, qualified his Tom Conway tuned Blown Alcohol Dragster second in the field with a 5.612 second elapsed time at 252.52 mph. In round one, he defeated Carl Magee with a 5.646 at 250.13 mph, and then took out former Division Champ Shelly Howard in the semifinals with a 5.757 at 246.84 mph.

In the final, Callaway would square off with drag race legend Gene Snow. Both drivers had near perfect reaction times, Snow with a .001 to Callaway's right-there .005, but Callaway quickly erased that small margin to take the win with a 5.564 at 253.23 mph to Snow's 5.647 at 251.53 mph.

"It feels real good to be back in the winner's circle again," said Callaway. "It was just a real good weekend for us. Just like I said coming into this race, this Chuck Haase' chassis just bites really well on these marginal racetracks. Tom Conway helped give us the right tune-up all weekend and my crew lead by Stacy McLemore, my Mom and Dad, my brother Johnny, Kenny Ruthart, and Robert Aldrete kept the car in great condition this weekend."

"One big difference we noticed from last year is our new Chuck Haase' wing," Callaway continued. "This new wing is making so much downforce that it was sticking the tires so good it was really driving through the clutch. I think that's a big reason why we were able to run more mph than the other blown cars out there. We made it down the track every run, and I think that's a real statement about this car and team. The only thing that slowed us down on two of the runs were broken blower belts."

Armed with the points lead, Callaway hopes to keep it the rest of the year. With mainly hot-weather, marginal track divisional events on the schedule for the rest of the year, Callaway feels it's the equivalent of having home field advantage for his team.

"This car just likes the marginal tracks because it hooks so hard," stated Callaway. "I think if we can go out and have weekends like this one, we'll be in good shape. It's going to be a tough battle to the end just like it was last year with Gene and Shelly. We're going to do all we can do to make it tough for them, too."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shelly Howard