Spencer Massey keeps hopes high for Summernationals

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Massey hopes to earn third consecutive win this weekend in the NHRA Summernationals at historic New Jersey track

Spencer Massey is on a winning streak he hasn't enjoyed for two years. The last time the Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher team won consecutive NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series event titles was at Las Vegas and Charlotte in 2012.

Massey and the team led by crew chiefs Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara captured the Wally trophy near Atlanta on May 19 and followed up with a win at Heartland Park Topeka on Sunday.

"It's pretty dang cool," Spencer said of winning two consecutive event titles. "Being able to win Atlanta that Monday after all the rain was huge for our team. The guys worked so hard trying to get the car ready to for Topeka, I can't believe that we stood in the winner's circle again after the struggles trying to get the car to run the way we wanted it to."

Now the Battery Extender team will try and make it three in a row this weekend at in the 45th annual Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. The legendary NHRA facility has been kind to Massey, who has a 2011 event title and was the No. 1 qualifier in 2012.

"We definitely have momentum going," he said. "I love racing in Englishtown, we got the win there in 2011. Whenever you start winning races it gives the whole team a boost. It seems like once you get one win, it just keeps rolling. "I look at going to Englishtown like it's the U.S. Nationals in Indy or the Gatornationals, both huge races in NHRA. It's a big event for all of the NHRA fans on the East Coast and I love racing there.

"I've been around the sport since I was a kid and all the racers I've looked up to raced there. Sometime I'm sitting in the race car ready to fire it up and I look down the dragstrip, see all the fans in the stands and go 'Man, I can't believe I'm sitting here in a Top Fuel dragster.' I used to be sitting in the stands wishing one day I'd have a chance to do this. It's a huge wow factor.

"It's very cool to go to racetracks where the greats have been racing for more than 40 years."

DSR

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