Don Schumacher Racing press release
SPENCER MASSEY WILL START FOURTH IN THE 57TH-ANNUAL U.S. NATIONALS
INDIANAPOLIS, September 4, 2011 – Aboard his Prestone/FRAM Top Fuel dragster, Spencer Massey today grabbed the fourth-starting spot for Monday’s 57th-annual U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil here at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Taking advantage of this evening’s cooling temperatures, the 28-year-old Don Schumacher Racing driver ran a 3.848-second lap at 321.19 miles per hour to earn a first-round race against 13th-qualifier Brady Kalivoda in the final eliminations which begin at 11 a.m. EDT.
“We ended up today on a good run,” said the Fort Worth native. “We had some other good runs yesterday and the day before, even in the heat.
“Todd and Phil (Okuhara and Shuler, co-crew chiefs) collected good, solid data on the track, so we’re ready.”
This will be Massey’s second Top Fuel appearance in the U.S. Nationals, considered the premier event on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule. As a rookie in 2009, he qualified 16th and lost a first-round race to eventual runner-up Larry Dixon.
“This race doesn’t really offer any more pressure to me than any other race,” explained Massey. “There’s pressure at every race. I try to do the same thing each time I go to the starting line – get a good light, hit the throttle and steer the car in the groove.
“Obviously though, this being the U.S. Nationals, and the last race before the Countdown begins, we want to win – maybe a bit more than normal. A win would be a great way to start the Countdown.”
Massey comes into Monday’s race holding third place in the 2011 Top Fuel standings, within striking distance of DSR teammate Antron Brown (number-one qualifier) who is in second. The top-10 drivers at the conclusion of the Big Go will have their points reset and compete in a six-race playoff beginning in Charlotte, next stop on the schedule.
“And on top of the great momentum a win here would provide, we would like to use it to get around Antron and be in a better position to compete for this year’s championship,” added Massey.