Callaway suffers early exit in Dallas, ENNIS, Texas - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Lee Callaway suffered a first round loss during this past weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec. Callaway struggled during qualifying...
Callaway suffers early exit in Dallas,
ENNIS, Texas - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Lee Callaway suffered a first round loss during this past weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec. Callaway struggled during qualifying which put him against defending five-time World Champ Rick Santos in round one.
Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, qualified his South Texas Dental/Trans Matic backed Blown Alcohol Dragster 14th with a 5.521 second elapsed time at 257.71 mph. In round one, he took the starting line advantage over Santos with a .479 to .499 holeshot, but could not hold off the Champ's 5.402 at 260.71 mph with his own 5.557 at 256.41 mph.
"We really hated to go out like that, but we didn't get a real good draw in round one," said Callaway. "We fought tire shake during the first two qualifiers, and was starting to get a handle on it by the last session. I just short shifted the car because I had gotten so used to it because of the shake. By then we had qualified bad and pulled Santos in round one. It still was a good weekend for us, because we learned some more information for next year."
The event was the last race of the year for Callaway. After winning his first Division 4 Championship, Callaway considers this to be the best of his career.
"This was definitely the best year of my career," stated Callaway. "It had it's up and downs, but in the end we came out on top. Hopefully we can do even better next year. I really have to thank everyone that helped me this year. Tom Conway and Ora Vasquez were huge helps in the tune-up department. My crew: Stacy McLemore, Johnny Callaway, Kenny Ruthart, my Mom and Dad, Roger Beernaert, Roberto and John were all a big part of our success. The support Chuck Haase' gave me making the chassis and components competitive was instrumental as well. The support South Texas Dental and Trans Matic gave us at the end of the year was a big boost. We definitely are looking forward to 2003."