Lee Callaway Baytown wrap up.

Callaway scores semifinal finish. BAYTOWN, Texas - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Lee Callaway scored a semifinal finish during this past weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Houston Raceway Park. While the semifinals ...

Callaway scores semifinal finish.

BAYTOWN, Texas - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Lee Callaway scored a semifinal finish during this past weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Houston Raceway Park. While the semifinals fell short of Callaway's goal to win at his home track, Callaway and his team feel that valuable information was gained from the outing.

Callaway, from Baytown, qualified his Chuck Haase' built blown alcohol dragster fifth with a 5.677 second elapsed time at 248.15 mph that quickly became a hairy ride. Callaway's dragster began to get out of shape, and when he went to lift to save the car, Callaway soon found out that the throttle was hung wide open. Luckily, Callaway was able to use the ignition switch to kill the engine, but it resulted in a blown engine as it was 6.2 seconds into the run by the time he was able to get it shut off.

Undaunted, the Callaway Racing Team changed motors before the first round, and took out No. 4 qualifier James Thompson with a 5.674 at 246.66 mph. In the semifinals, Callaway squared off with defending Division 4 Champion and No. 1 qualifier Shelly Howard. Despite gaining a slight holeshot off the line, Callaway fell off pace to a 5.715 at 247.93 mph, which was not enough for Howard's 5.570 at 255.92 mph.

"We were just trying some new things this weekend," said Callaway. "We had Jay Meyer and Stacy McLemore in addition to Tom Conway helping us this weekend. We put the fuel system and clutch off of Jay's car on our car and tried to make it work. We just need some more runs down the track to get that combination to work on our car."

Callaway states that he is not sure which event he will attend next will be. He feels that testing is more important than attending events right now.

"Sometimes you have to take a step back to make a step forward," commented Callaway. "We're pretty disappointed with the loss, but we'll probably do some more testing and get this car lined out. We have all the right pieces and a good team, so we'll just keep plugging away at it until we get it right. If we get the car to run like it should in testing, then we might look at hitting some races."

For more information about Chuck Haase' chassis, wings, and custom fabrication, visit his website at HaaseEnterprises.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers James Thompson , Shelly Howard