SPENCER MASSEY REACHES QUARTERFINALS DURING NHRA SPRING NATIONALS
BAYTOWN, TEXAS, May 1, 2011 – Piloting the FRAM/Prestone Top Fuel dragster, Spencer Massey dropped a quarterfinal round race here Sunday in the NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.
After recording the quickest pass in the opening round of eliminations (3.861-seconds at 302.69 mph), Massey could not get his tires to hook up in a loss to Doug Kalitta in round two.
“There’s not much you can say,” said the 28-year-old, who is in his first year with Don Schumacher Racing. “We went out and had that great pass in the first round while other guys were smoking the tires, and then we went out and did the same thing in the second round. That’s just racing right there – you have a lot of ups and downs that you have to deal with.”
The Fort Worth native/resident was hoping to deliver a victory to the many family and friends who made the drive from around Texas.
“We had an awesome car all weekend up to the losing round,” said Massey. “We were trying to go for lane choice and I guess the track bit us. We’ll be fine going forward. We’ll just have to focus on the next race and forget about this one.”
The next race is the history-laden 31st annual Southern Nationals, May 13-15, at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. He is already looking forward to traveling to the Deep South.
In his rookie season (2009), Massey was the number one qualifier at Atlanta Dragway and advanced to the finals before losing to Morgan Lucas.
“It’s a special place for sure,” he said. “We’re going to go back to Indianapolis (home of Don Schumacher Racing) and take a look at all of the data from this weekend and then we’ll go down to Atlanta Dragway totally prepared to claim a victory.
“This is a terrific team and I’m really proud to be driving this car. We have a great program from top to bottom.”
Massey remains in fifth place in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel standings, trailing race-winner and points-leader Del Worsham and Larry Dixon and DSR teammates Antron Brown and Tony Schumacher.