By Don Schumacher Racing
Spencer Massey Collects Final Round Appearance In Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Spencer Massey, in his FRAM/Prestone Top Fuel dragster, lost a close final round race here Sunday to points leader Del Worsham in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
Massey, who qualified seventh, recorded a very respectable 3.931-second run at 297.42 miles per hour, but Worsham grabbed the win light with a 3.905-second pass at 298.14 mph.
“Sure, we would have preferred to win the race, but getting to a final is nothing to complain about,” said Massey. “We have now gone to three finals in the last four races and that’s saying something about this team. Everything is rolling now, so there is no reason to change anything.”
After banking his eighth career final round, Massey moved into second-place in the standings and now trails Worsham by 61 points.
“We are right there,” added the Fort Worth resident. “We are just a little over three rounds of racing out of first-place. Hopefully, we can continue our march and eventually rise to the top.”
Massey’s ascension through the Top Fuel ranks has thus far included 36-consecutive laps without smoking the tires. The first-year Don Schumacher Racing driver knows consistency is always critical when challenging for a world championship.
“We’re still going from A to B,” said Massey. “We haven’t lost our mojo, which I’m happy about. I can’t wait to get down to Route 66 Raceway in two weeks.”
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will take a weekend off before traveling to Joliet, Ill. for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Nationals.
“We have momentum that we want to carry into the next race,” he said. “We are all having a blast and that’s important. It’s always better when you are enjoying yourself out here.”
On the way to his meeting with Worsham, Massey had to navigate around Terry McMillen, his DSR teammate Tony Schumacher and then defending world champion Larry Dixon.
“We had a tough road for sure,” offered Massey. “Just making it to the final, considering the competition on our side of the ladder, was almost like a win.”