Earlville: Lee Callaway wrap up

EARLVILLE, Iowa - The saying that Rome wasn't built in a day can be said of building many sports teams. It can be said that NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Lee Callaway subscribes to that belief. Coming into this past weekend's Division 5 ...

EARLVILLE, Iowa - The saying that Rome wasn't built in a day can be said of building many sports teams. It can be said that NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Lee Callaway subscribes to that belief.

Coming into this past weekend's Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa, Callaway enlisted the help of veteran tuner Ora Vasquez, and completely changed their combination. Thunderstorms rushed into the area Friday, that not only canceled the day's qualifying, but produced a tornado that ripped the awning off of Callaway's trailer. That was the start of what would turn out to be a very tough weekend for the Baytown, Texas resident.

With only two sessions remaining, Callaway and team, under Vasquez's guidance attempted to qualify for the eight car field. Two runs would prove not to be enough to get Vasquez's new combination dialed into Callaway's Blown Alcohol Dragster, as Callaway ran a best of only 5.769 seconds at 244.56 mph, which qualified him ninth.

"We went up there and lost a qualifying shot," said Callaway. "We wanted to try to get things figured out. We were a little off on the fuel system.

It's still too rich, and we just didn't have enough runs to get it dialed in, so we didn't get to do what we hoped to do."

Rather than get discouraged about the trip, Callaway looks at the situation like he is two steps closer to running competitive numbers.

"Hopefully we will make Memphis," stated Callaway. "If not Memphis, maybe Dallas and Noble [Okla.] for sure."

-LCR

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