Spencer Massey Prepared For Joliet

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Spencer Massey Hopes To Repeat Win At Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Spencer Massey, who recorded his first career national-event Top Fuel victory on his last – and only – visit to Route 66 Raceway in the pro category, hopes to again drive his FRAM/Prestone dragster into the winner’s circle this weekend at the conclusion of the Route 66 NHRA Nationals here.

Spenser Massey prepares for his first qualifying round aboard his DSR  Prestone/Fram dragster
Spenser Massey prepares for his first qualifying round aboard his DSR Prestone/Fram dragster

Photo by: Ted Rossino

One of the hottest drivers in the category, having racked up two wins, a runner up and two semifinal finishes in the last five races, including a final-round appearance at the last event, the Don Schumacher Racing driver just wants to keep on doing what he has been doing.

“I’m trying not to think about what’s been happening, except wanting to repeat my approach on each run down the track,” said the 28 year old who has now made 36-consecutive drama-free laps without smoking the tires. “I just go out there and try to go from A to B the same on each run, at each track, regardless of whether it is qualifying or eliminations and regardless of which driver is in the other lane.

“Obviously, we want to continue our success, but as long as I do my job, good things will happen because Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler (co-crew chiefs) and the rest of the guys on the FRAM/Prestone team keep giving me a great hot rod!”

The recent run has put Massey into second place of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel standings behind Del Worsham and in front of Larry Dixon and DSR teammates Antron Brown and Tony Schumacher.

Dixon and Brown were the last two drivers Massey defeated en route to the win here during his 2009 rookie-of-the-year season. He looks to continue Joliet mastery this time around.

“I must say I’ve had pretty good luck here,” said the Fort Worth native and resident. “In addition to that Top Fuel win, I won the 2007 Jegs All Stars race in a top alcohol dragster.

“And it’s a great facility, a great place to race. We’ve got two nights of qualifying, which means it could get cool, despite being July, and we could see some really quick times.”

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Del Worsham , Tony Schumacher , Don Schumacher , Spencer Massey
Tags chicago, don schumacher, joliet, nhra, route 66 raceway, spencer massey, top fuel