Callaway hopes the heat will keep him hot in Rusk RUSK, Texas - One of the greatest figures in Texas history, General Sam Houston, ran from Santa Anna and the Mexican Army during the Texas Revolution until he found the right time and place to ...
Callaway hopes the heat will keep him hot in Rusk
RUSK, Texas - One of the greatest figures in Texas history, General Sam Houston, ran from Santa Anna and the Mexican Army during the Texas Revolution until he found the right time and place to fight. Fast forward 170 years where NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Lee Callaway hopes to use the same strategy entering this weekend's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Cherokee County Motorsports Park in Rusk, Texas. Instead of two armies fighting for independence, the battle will be between the two combinations in NHRA's Top Alcohol Dragster class - the injected nitro dragsters versus Callaway's lone blown alcohol dragster.
Houston waited until he found a battlefield that would provide his troops cover and an opportunity to flank his larger opponent. Callaway, along with many of his blown-alcohol counterparts feel they are at a distinct performance disadvantage given the current rules in the class. He feels that the hot summertime racing conditions and a slick racetrack creates the only opportunity for his combination to be competitive. He hopes to turn Cherokee County Motorsports Park into his team's San Jacinto this weekend.
"There's a few races on the schedule are usually hot with a slick track," said Callaway. "With the rules the way they are, it's about the only shot we have to be competitive. Some of the top A/Fuel teams out there have figured out how to run in these conditions, so we really don't have an advantage, we just have the chance to be competitive. We had the car running pretty good in Shreveport, so we'll see how we do in Rusk."
Callaway also points out he's only going to 'run' so long.
"We'll just have to see how it shakes out after Rusk," stated Callaway. "We were geared up to run a full schedule this year, but there's no use in going to a bunch of races just to show up. Until NHRA changes the allow the blown cars to be competitive, we'll just run a real limited schedule. If something doesn't change soon, we may just park it for good. It's just too much money to run hard and hope you catch a break."
Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars with two more sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.