Shane Conway Racing
CONCORD, NC – Third-year driver Shane Conway probably will not be a threat to the Top Alcohol Dragster world championship again this year simply because his business endeavors in Houston keep him from running a full-time schedule. But that’s not to say he won’t influence the outcome of the title chase, or any race he enters for that matter.
Tuned by his accomplished father, longtime NHRA standout Tom Conway, Shane has made a habit of knocking off some of the biggest names in the category in the handful of races he runs each year. That was the case two weeks ago in Houston when he stalled top-10 runner Mike Bucher in Round 1.
“Every time we run this car we are learning things,” Shane said. “We only have 12 runs on this car since the guys at Copeland Race Cars updated everything so every time we run it we find something that we like.
“Even though we ran this chassis before with Mike (Manners) driving it and me tuning it, the fact is I don’t drive it the way he does, so it’s been changed a bit. Plus, we’ve changed a lot of other stuff from when Mike owned the car so it’s a different car now.”
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.”
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.”