Callaway set to do battle in Shreveport GILLIAM, La. - Former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway is set to do battle with the competition at this weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Red River...
Callaway set to do battle in Shreveport
GILLIAM, La. - Former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway is set to do battle with the competition at this weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Red River Raceway just outside of Shreveport, La. With temperatures forecasted to be in the low 90's all weekend, Callaway and his Tejano Salsa/RacecarRigs.com backed team plan to take no mercy on the injected-nitro cars who have struggled in the heat this year under the new 98% rule.
Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, the last blown alcohol dragster left in Division 4, has never been one to back down from and opportunity to stir the pot. At his last event, Callaway and his team debuted their 'Battle Belts' - used blower belts with assorted 'messages' for the A/Fuel cars that his crewmembers carry to the starting line. With the hot conditions forecasted, Callaway hopes to put the Battle Belts in the winner's circle.
"Hopefully the weatherman is right about this weekend and it gets hotter than a firecracker," said Callaway. "This week I've been like a kid on Christmas morning every morning this week. You wake up and run to the computer to check the forecast, and depending on what you see is how happy you are. With summer coming, it's only going to get hotter. The A/Fuel cars got a little out of line earlier in the year running those 5.18's and 5.20's, so now we've had to pull our blower belts off. They better look out for our Battle Belts, because they'll be looking for them. This summer the Battle Belts may be coming to a track near you."
"We're hoping to get a handle on our clutch problems this weekend," Callaway continued. "We've changed a few components, and changed some elements of our tune-up. Summer is pretty much here, so we really have to make these races count. The bad thing about clutch problems is you really don't know where you are. If we fix the problem, then the clutch weight we've been running might be way too much. Hopefully we found the problem and can get it to lock up in high gear."
Qualifying starts on Friday for the alcohol cars and continues on Saturday with two more sessions. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.