Memphis: Lee Callaway preview

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For Immediate Release September 19, 2001 Contact: Will Hanna/ Pro Race Communications Email: ProRacePR@aol.com

Callaway still looking to perfect Vasquez tune-up in Memphis

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster racer Lee Callaway went into his last race in Earlville, Iowa, full of hope and enthusiasm to become one of the top cars in the class. Callaway, who recently acquired veteran tuner Ora Vasquez, fell well short of his expectations however, as the two qualifying runs the team received was not enough to get Vasquez's new set up dialed into Callaway's car, as the team did not qualify. During this weekend's AutoZone Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Memphis Motorsports Park, Callaway and team hope to get the Vasquez tune-up dialed in, and possibly win his first national event.

Callaway, who runs his preowned car lot in Channelview, Texas, feels that the competitive numbers it will take to win races is just around the corner with his new Vasquez tune-up.

"We just had a bad weekend up there in Earlville," said Callaway. "We had a few mechanical things that I overlooked. We're just going to try to go up there this weekend and try to make things come together. We really want to improve on our performance in Earlville, which wasn't too well."

Earlier in the year at the O'Reilly Nationals in Houston, Vasquez tuned Joe Fuentes to a 5.38 second pass at 260 mph en route to a runner-up finish at that event. Callaway has run a personal best of a 5.53, and feels he may be able to better that mark this weekend.

"I'd like to at least get started in the 5.50 range," stated Callaway. "If we can do that at the beginning of the weekend, we might be able to ease into the 5.40 range. That's what we are hoping for."

While success at this weekend's event is Callaway's short term goal, Callaway cites his last few races this year are mainly in preparation to make a hard run at things next year.

"That's our main goal," explained Callaway. "We want to get things lined out now, so we are set for next year."

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