A few days after losing with the quicker Top Fuel Dragster because his opponent left the starting line first at the Full Throttle event at Joliet, Ill., Massey was sitting inside his FRAM/Prestone dragster while wearing his firesuit. The car was in Don Schumacher Racing headquarters and he was practicing his reactions with a "Christmas Tree" starting system simulator.
"There is not worse way to lose then being late on the starting line," he said. "Nothing is worse."
Massey, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, redeemed himself Sunday in northern Ohio when his quicker reaction offset Steve Torrence's quicker elapsed time that provided Massey with his series-best fourth event title of the year that enabled him to grab the points lead for the fifth time in 12 events.
"I knew the final round was going to be huge," Massey said. "Steve was running awesome all day. He's been running awesome all season, actually. I'm from Texas, he's from Texas, and we both drove Top Alcohol Dragsters in Division 4. The weather here was even hot like it is in Texas."
Massey and crew chiefs Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler eliminated a quartet of all-stars to gain the 185th title for DSR. The drivers they eliminated - Morgan Lucas, teammate Antron Brown, David Grubnic and Torrence - have combined to win seven of 12 titles this year.
Massey, who improved his eliminations record to 26-8, was runner-up at Norwalk last year.
Source: Don Schumacher Racing