Lee Has Momentum On His Side Headed Into Leicester LEICESTER, NY. - Drag racing is all about momentum. Either you have or you don't. Pro Stock aficionados will tell you that Tom Lee has it right now. Lee, 46, of Kingsport, Tenn., scored a...
Lee Has Momentum On His Side Headed Into Leicester
LEICESTER, NY. - Drag racing is all about momentum. Either you have or you don't. Pro Stock aficionados will tell you that Tom Lee has it right now.
Lee, 46, of Kingsport, Tenn., scored a major victory when he captured the Pro Stock crown at the Amalie Oil Summer Nationals in Cordova, Ill. Not only did he win his first national event of the season, he also ended Gene Wilson's 15-round winning streak. He also added the traditional Maryland International Raceway Mountain Motor Nationals to his resume last week. The wheels have started turning in a positive way for Lee.
"I think our wheels have always been turning positive," explained Lee. "When you consider that we have been in the three out of four finals, that has to be a positive any way you look at it. I think that most people look at how dominant we were last year and they expected us to win everything this year. Nobody will ever go undefeated in IHRA Pro Stock. This class is so competitive that you just can't."
Lee opened up the season with a runner-up in Rockingham and set the Pro Stock World Record with a 6.55 elapsed time. He also went on to qualify number one in Dinwiddie and finished runner-up once again.
Lee fell off the pace as the tour rolled into Canada, but that didn't stop him from winning rounds as he reached the semi-finals. He then rebounded from a "dismal" semi-final showing to record his first win of the season in Cordova.
Lee displayed his trademark smile and uttered, "This is fun for all of us. I'm proud to say that a semi-final finish has been our worst outing. When you think about that, it says a lot for our team. We are having an incredible season and I can't wait to get back out on the track again."
Lee's car owner Charlie Taylor is no stranger to the championship circle as the car he owned in 1998 captured the crown. When it comes to tuning, he has one of the best in Cliff Moore, who was voted the Crewchief of the Year in 2000.
"I can't say enough about my team," added Lee. "They are the best and I am proud of them. I get a lot of credit for this thing, but all I do is strap in and drive. They are the real heroes behind this operation."