Lee Callaway Valdosta summary

Callaway scores win in Valdosta VALDOSTA, Ga. - 2002 NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway moved within a point of first place in Division 4 standings by taking the win at this past weekend's Division 2 Lucas Oil Drag ...

Callaway scores win in Valdosta

VALDOSTA, Ga. - 2002 NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway moved within a point of first place in Division 4 standings by taking the win at this past weekend's Division 2 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Southern Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga. Callaway defeated Artie Allen in the final and reset the track elapsed time record in the semifinals.

Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, qualified his Tom Conway and Stacy McLemore tuned machine fifth in the field with a tire smoking 9.06 e.t. In round one, Callaway took out Robin Samsel with a 5.727 at 239.95 mph. For his semifinal bout with defending Division 2 Champ Guy Kelly, Callaway pulled out all the stops running a near career-best 5.459 at 256.55 mph to take out Kelly's 5.48.

In the final, Callaway grabbed a huge holeshot on Allen, and had to lift early due to getting close to the centerline. He was still able to hold off Allen's 5.566 at 251.91 with his own 5.602 at 236.95 mph. With the win, Callaway moves within one point of current Division 4 points leader Steve Torrence.

"It feels really good to get back into the winner's circle," said Callaway. "This has been a long time coming. It just goes to show the testing we did last weekend really paid off. I was talking to my Crew Chief Stacy McLemore and Tom Conway in between rounds and I have to thank them for the help. We were short handed this weekend, but my Mom and Dad, my brother Johnny, Corey Clawson and Danny Riojas from Tejano Salsa did a great job making it happen. I would also like to thank the ATC Racing crew for helping us get ready for the final."

With two straight final round appearances to his credit, Callaway hopes to put together a title run reminiscent of his 2002 title run where he won three races in a row in August and September to win the Championship.

"This is the exact weekend that we started our run in 2002," stated Callaway. "Hopefully we'll start another one this year. Conway and Torrence are going to be tough, but we'll just have to keep going rounds at our final three races, and hopefully we can pull it off."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Guy Kelly , Steve Torrence