Callaway nets semifinal finish at Houston. BAYTOWN, Texas - Despite not taking the win, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Lee Callaway is pleased with his team's performance during this past weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series...
Callaway nets semifinal finish at Houston.
BAYTOWN, Texas - Despite not taking the win, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Lee Callaway is pleased with his team's performance during this past weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at Houston Raceway Park. Callaway made it to the semifinals where he lost to eventual winner Shelly Howard.
Callaway, who lives within earshot of the track in Baytown, qualified his Tom Conway tuned Blown Alcohol Dragster fifth with a 5.564 second elapsed time at 256.60 mph. In round one, he defeated drag racing legend Gene Snow with a 5.661 at 249.30 mph when Snow redlighted. Callaway had his hands full in taking the win, riding out a huge wheelstand for over 300 ft. In his semifinal matchup with Howard, Callaway took the starting line advantage with a stellar .022 reaction time, but could not hold off the hard-charging Howard's 5.480 at 256.41 mph.
"We just got behind the eight ball this weekend," said Callaway. "The weather down here the past few weeks kept us from testing and trying some new ideas we wanted to try. Then we had an intake push rod break in Friday's first run which blew up a completely brand new motor. We just never was able to get a good run under our belt. To complicate matters, I think we have some ignition system bugs, the car just should have run better than it did given the conditions, so we're going to change those components to eliminate that risk. All in all, it could have been a better weekend for us, but it sure could have been worse, too."
Despite losing ground to Howard in points, Callaway cites it is a long season and will try to regain the lost ground at his next outing at the Division 4 LODRS event in Memphis, Tenn., Mar. 21-23.
"This is just the first in eight divisional races we will go to this year," stated Callaway. "When we get the car back to it's potential, which I know it still has more left, I think we'll be right back in the thick of things. We're going to go to Memphis early to do some testing. Hopefully, that will put us back on track."
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