Massey anxious for return to racing with hopes of repeating 2012 win at Pomona

Spencer Massey: "When I get strapped in my car at Pomona and make our first lap, then I'll be satisfied."

BROWNSBURG, Ind. - It's all about staying busy in the off season for Spencer Massey. It's no secret that Massey lives and breathes NHRA Mello Yello Series drag racing, so when he can't hit the track himself he spends his time working on cars.

"I tried not to get away from racing too much in the off season," Massey said. "I worked on a lot of different stuff including a Pro Mod car, but I just tried to keep my hands dirty and stay busy. I took a vacation to Mexico but other than that I've been focused on racing and working. I just can't get enough racing. When I get strapped in my car at Pomona and make our first lap, then I'll be satisfied."

Testing creates confidence

Spencer Massey
Spencer Massey

Photo by: Todd Steitle

His first opportunity to get back behind the wheel of his 10,000-horsepower dragster came in January at the preseason test session in Florida. The Battery Extender team, like many others, struggled for the first part testing but the team led by crew chiefs Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara hit their stride as testing came to a close on Jan. 18.

"Testing was hit and miss for the Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher team," said Massey. "But it was that way for everyone else, too. We spun the tires a lot the first three days like everyone else did but all in all we weren't the fastest car but we were consistent. We were trying new stuff because that's what we do in testing. I think that will pay off in the long run. I'm confident in the way the car ran and we have enough data to go to Pomona and do what it takes to get the job done."

Massey predicts quick Pomona conditions

The Battery Extender team scored a Winternationals event title in 2012 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona and is looking to start the season on a high note with a Wally trophy.

"I'm just ready to get to Pomona. I've been in my car making test laps already this year but that's nothing compared to getting to race. That's the moment I'm looking forward to most.

"We won the Winternationals two years ago and we're going to try to do it again. The cars run better in the conditions that are forecasted for Pomona. That means great numbers. Running anything in the 3.70s is fast but you could see some low 3.70s in Pomona and that would be awesome to start the season out running some big numbers."

Don Schumacher Racing

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