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Pair of semifinal finishes highlight Team Magic Dry’s day in Houston

First round win of young season gives Scott Palmer a boost

HOUSTON – Although no one ended up clutching a trophy Sunday, smiles still came pretty easy for the trio of drivers sponsored by racing legend Tommy Thompson and his Magic Dry Organic Absorbent product. Top Fuel Harley rider Rickey House and Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Shane Conway both reached the semifinals, while Top Fuel favorite Scott Palmer found a little of last year’s mojo by winning his first elimination round of the season.

“We finally got out of the first round and got some of our mojo back,” Palmer said. “I was definitely singing Bee Gee songs in my head when I was staging in Round 1 and it worked because we got the win. I tried it again in the second round but I was a little distracted and had a bad light. I must have been in the wrong part of the song.

“Still, it was nice to get out of the first round and get to the second round for my crew. Half the team is new this year and that was the first time they got to experience a win and what it takes to turn the car around on race day and get ready for another round. They performed flawlessly and I’m super proud.”

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Local drag racer Shane Conway picks Houston race for his 2019 national event debut

HOUSTON – Although it’s still early in his Top Alcohol Dragster driving career, Houstonian Shane Conway says he’s ready to win his first national event on the NHRA tour, and he’d love for it to happen at this weekend’s 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil in nearby Baytown.

Conway, who lives in the Houston suburb of Spring, is a veteran drag racer, having competed himself in a variety of Sportsman categories and tuned many others, including current Top Fuel champ Steve Torrence, to numerous championships and race wins. His Top Alcohol Dragster driving career, which started in 2017, has been a part-time effort to date, but he always seems to make the most of his appearances.

“We like to get in there and ruin people’s days,” Conway said. “We’d love to race more but we have regular jobs to worry about and me and Dad (Tim Conway) still help a lot of other racers. No question, we get great support from Magic Dry Organic Absorbent and CatSpot Litter, so we are able to race hard when we have time, we just aren’t ready to run full-time just yet.

“Racing at home this weekend will be fun. I think we’re ready. We had Copeland Race Cars do some updates to the dragster and also had them change it over to a hand brake. We tested in Tulsa three weeks ago and shook off the cobwebs enough to enter the Dallas regional race this past weekend and had a chance to dial it in a little better.”

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