Lee Callaway Memphis preview

Callaway looking to rebound in Memphis MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway will be looking to rebound from a disappointing finish two weeks ago in Shreveport during this weekend's Division 4...

Callaway looking to rebound in Memphis

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway will be looking to rebound from a disappointing finish two weeks ago in Shreveport during this weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Memphis Motorsports Park. Callaway hopes to have found his clutch problems on the last qualifier in Shreveport despite losing in the first round.

Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, won the 2002 Division 4 Championship and came within one point of winning again in 2003. Callaway started experiencing troubles in the clutch department at the end of that season and had a season he would just as soon forget last year. The current diagnosis is that several problems were going on at once. One major problem was found over the offseason, which lead to respectable performances, but the car still hasn't performed up to par. Another potentially major problem was discovered in Shreveport, only to have the supercharger studs sheer off causing a blower explosion in the first round; a totally unrelated problem.

"This clutch deal is turning into a fiasco," said Callaway. "Without a testing budget, you just have to make runs down the track trying different things. We found after the last qualifier in Shreveport the clutch fork was bent. When you find a problem in the clutch, you may fix something, but then it throws what you've been doing out of whack. We've had problems getting it to lock up in high gear, so we've been putting more weight on it. Well, if you fix a major problem, then you have too much weight, so you don't know where you are. It left like a scalded dog the first round in Shreveport, but it knocked the blower off of it when the studs broke. It would be nice to have a budget to test and find this kind of stuff in testing, but without more sponsorship support, it's just not feasible to test and make the races we have to run to contend for the Division 4 Championship."

"We're not really in the hunt right now, but we skipped the first race of the year," Callaway continued. "But summer's here, and that should play into our hand. We really have to make a move this weekend and at some other races this summer if we are going to get into the hunt. Nobody has really ran away with it, so we could put together another run like we did in 2002 where we got hot in the summer time and won some races. We've been down this year, but we're not out by any means."

Qualifying will begin Friday evening with two sessions, followed by one final session Saturday morning. Final eliminations will conclude the event Saturday evening.

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