WATCH/LISTEN: It's all in the timing says drags race veteran
MOTORSPORT: Earl McCallum knew that he was up against it in the final of the Competition class.
The Gladstone racer was pitted against Rockhampton's Michael Adams in the deciders at the penultimate round of the Central Queensland Drag Racing Association Championships on Saturday.
Adams raced to perfection where his dial-in time of 10.61 was identical to his run time - or at least 4000th of a second separated these.
McCallum finished runner-up.
"I'm happy with that and actually it was a bit ironic really because when you do a Chicago Shootout, there's three rounds of racing and I actually raced Mick on the third round of racing," he said.
"At that stage, me and Mick Adams were the only two racers with two wins each, so whoever won that race went straight to the final.
"Mick beat me on that round and because I was closest to my dial-in, I actually went back into the finals and raced him again and he done me again."
The pair's rivalry goes back a while, but there is always utmost respect.
"We all know that you have to step up to your game," McCallum said.
"Every race, more or less, is nearly a final for us and we've raced each other quite a few times in the past."
McCallum raced a dial-in time of 10.26 and ran a 10.28 and he said that his light was a bit slower than Adams' who took advantage on the start line.
"That's the way you want to go down...you want to go down fighting," he said.
McCallum bought his 1968 HK Premier several years ago and has treated it with tender loving care.
"It was a one-owner car before I bought it and it was an old guy who had it," he said.
"I took a while to fine one what I wanted, but I ended up buying the car out of Adelaide and got it trucked over to here.
"We just revamped to up into what it is."
Fellow Gladstone driver Brett Kelly failed to make the finals while there was Gladstone success with Tayla Kelly runner-up in the Junior Dragster class behind winner Kaylee Bugden.
Harry Thwaite was the top qualifier in this class.
The final round of the CQDRA Championships will be on the weekend of November 23-24.
Jr Dragsters: Top qual - Harry Thwaite; R/up - Tayla Kelly; Winner - Kaylee Bugden - in that order. Jr Bike: Charlie Houston; Reuban Mann; Charlie Houston. Twins: Ray Wiggett; Shane Simpson; Jamie Josefski. Street: Nick Horsborough; Nick Horsborough; Shaun Connolly. Super Street: David Sheehy; Richard Dawe; David Sheehy. Competition: Laurie Bonato; Earl McCallum; Michael Adams. Mod Bike: Peter Johnson; Alicia Traywick; Russell Bell. Super Comp: Gavin List; Noel Smith; Kevin Weir