Despite working hard to make his Top Fuel debut at his home track, Lee Callaway has made the tough decision to delay his debut until after next weekend’s Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park.
“Doing it right” has been a guiding principle of the race-winning Top Alcohol cars he has fielded over the years for the Baytown, Texas resident. Part of that process lead Callaway to take the car to his long-time chassis builder Chuck Haase’ for a new front half of the chassis and new body for the car. Callaway recently took delivery of the car but just doesn’t have the time to not only get things together, but show up and race in a first class manner.
“We just ran out of time to do it the right way,” stated Callaway. “I have a great crew and we are getting a lot of assistance from Scott Palmer Racing getting this Top Fuel venture off the ground. It’s not to say we couldn’t work around the clock and pull it off. It would have been one thing if we had been running this car and had some experience, but this is all new to us. As a team, we all agreed it was better to sit this one out, take our time and get the car together right, get organized and go testing.
“We are very disappointed we let our hometown fans down; we were really looking forward to debuting in Top Fuel at our home track,” Callaway continued. “Our car may not be at the track, but we will be there in the Scott Palmer Racing pit supporting him. We’re still going to have a good time with the SPR team, so we invite all of our fans to come by and say hi!”
After the new body receives a custom paint job at Callaway’s business, Callaway Collision in Channelview, the team will do some testing to finish Callaway’s Top Fuel license and allow the crew some time to fine tune their procedures.
“We’re going to get everything together and go find somewhere to make some test runs,” stated Callaway. “Scott Palmer has offered me the opportunity to finish my license in his car, but now that we have some more time, we figure it would just be best to make those laps in my car. So we’re looking at maybe Topeka or Bristol if we are ready to make our debut.”
— Competition Plus (@competitionplus) January 4, 2019