Don Schumacher Racing press release
SPENCER MASSEY EXITS EARLY FROM 30TH-ANNUAL LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS
BRAINERD, Minn., August 21, 2011 – For just the second time this season, Spencer Massey, driver of the Prestone/FRAM Top Fuel dragster, lost a first round race, putting a premature end to his day at the 30th-annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals here at Brainerd Internationals Raceway.
Coming out of the fourth-starting position, the 28-year-old Don Schumacher Racing driver expressed disappointment after his loss to Doug Kalitta. Massey uncharacteristically lost traction early in his run, with his 6.736-second lap at 88.54 miles per hour well off Kalitta’s pace of 3.855 seconds at 320.74 mph.
“I don’t like losing, ever!” exclaimed the Fort Worth native. “Of course, I’d rather it happen here in Brainerd than during the Countdown, but I still don’t like it – and I’m not used to getting out of my driving suit this early on a Sunday.
“The way we smoked the tires today was just one of those things. We ran well in all four rounds of qualifying so we came up with a similar tune up for that opening round – and given the chance, we’d probably do it the same way again.”
Massey grabbed the number-four qualifying position with a 3.833-second, 323.04 mph lap on Saturday afternoon in Q3. His other three rounds produced runs of 3.932 at 304.87, 3.835 at 322.58 and 3.872 at 319.22.
“I guess I don’t like running Top Fuel here considering I went out in the first round of my only other dragster race (2009), but Top Alcohol dragster was another story,” explained the 2007 winner in TAD.“
The loss cost Massey one place in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel standings as he was passed by DSR teammate and eventual-race winner Antron Brown who is now in second. Del Worsham leads the field followed by DSR teammates Brown, Massey, Tony Schumacher and Worsham teammate Larry Dixon.
“It’s always great if we can’t win for one of my DSR teammates like Antron to get the Wally,” said Massey. “But we want to go into the Countdown in second place, so we’ll head to Indy looking to pick up the necessary points at the U.S. Nationals (Labor Day weekend; the final race before the beginning of the playoffs in which the top-10 drivers’ points are reset) to get the job done.”