BROWNSBURG, Ind. - There's no place like home for Spencer Massey and there would be nothing like taking an NHRA Wally trophy from his home track, the Texas Motorplex not far from his hometown Fort Worth.
In 1986, a young Massey saw his first pair of Top Fuel dragsters go down the all-concrete dragstrip and he was hooked. That's when he knew he wanted to drive a Top Fueler.
"Every year the Motorplex has been open I've been there to smell the nitro, to live and breathe drag racing," said Massey, who turned 30 a week ago. "That's where I first got my taste of it and where I knew I wanted to go Top Fuel racing."
In 1998, he was racing there in a half-scale NHRA Jr. Dragster and won the track championship in his first full year of racing.
"I've won a lot of junior races there, some Super Comp amateur dragster bracket races but to win there in a car that I've always dreamed of driving would be just unbelievable.
"It wouldn't be like winning a season championship, but it definitely would be huge in my life. That's always been one of my life goals and to achieve it would just be incredible."
It would be huge for more than one reason. Massey enters the second race of the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship second in points to Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher.
"Obviously, it would be huge to win there for many reasons," he said. "It would be huge for championship reasons, for simply winning another race and because that's where I've been every year to watch Top Fuel drag racing."
All eyes will be on Massey this weekend when racing kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday for the first round of qualifying.
"With tons of friends and family members and everything going on there it's just a big weekend. I'm ready to start now."
Source: Don Schumacher Racing