Massey's experience is limited at Gainesville track but feels his FRAM/Prestone dragster can win there
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 6, 2012) - Spencer Massey had last weekend off so he did what he loves best: He spent it at a drag race.
En route to this weekend's NHRA Tire Kingdom Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., Massey detoured his motorhome to Houston where he attended an NHRA divisional race.
"I just wanted to be a fan and hang out with my Sportsman racer buddies."
After the relaxing weekend, Massey headed east and arrived early in Gainesville for the third event of the 23-race NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.
"It's been a great start to the year, especially for all three Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel Dragsters," he says.
Massey and the FRAM/ Prestone dragster, which won the opening event at Pomona, Calif., is ranked third in points. Teammate Antron Brown, who won the last event near Phoenix, is the points leader while DSR's Tony Schumacher ranks second.
Massey qualified fourth at Phoenix and but lost to Brown in the second round.
"We ran well at Phoenix," Massey adds. "We qualified strong and we had the quickest car in the first round. That's a long way from what we did there last fall when we didn't qualify."
Now it's on to Gainesville, a track where he has only raced twice. In 2009, his team lost in the first round and last year, his first with DSR, the FRAM/Prestone dragster qualified fourth and advanced to the semifinals.
"Gainesville always is a track with good air because of all the big, old trees around it," he says of the oxygen level that helps engines produce horsepower.
"There are great fans there. It's just one of those tracks where you really want to win at."