Spencer Massey ready for Las Vegas

Massey going for third win at The Strip at Las Vegas this weekend with Battery Extender dragster team

Spencer Massey and the Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher Top Fuel team are ready to spring into action at this weekend's 15th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

With three races complete in the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Spencer and the Battery Extender team led by crew chiefs Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara have a semifinal finish at the season opener at Pomona and two quarterfinal finishes near Phoenix and at Gainesville, Fla.

"I love going to Las Vegas, racing at Las Vegas," Spencer said. "It's always a great weekend and I'm looking forward to getting back out there and hopefully going rounds while we're there."

Spencer Massey
Spencer Massey

Photo by: Todd Steitle

Two of Spencer's 14 NHRA Top Fuel career wins have come at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; 2009 in the fall and 2012 in the spring race.

"When you go back to a track that you've been successful at it gives you more confidence," he said. "It seems like we always have a strong car on race day there and I'm ready. We haven't made it past a semifinal yet this year so I'm hoping that this might be our weekend."

Although the season hasn't exactly started off as well as Spencer had hoped, he knows it's still early in the 24-race Mello Yello NHRA season.

"The way I see it is this is only going to be the fourth chapter in a 24-chapter book, and books always get better toward the end.

"We just need to keep getting those round wins, getting stronger as a team so when the summer stretch of races hits we're on top of our game heading into the Countdown (playoff). We've got a long season left ahead of us but it sure would be nice to get a win early this season."

THURSDAY'S FANFEST ON 'BROOKLYN BRIDGE'
The annual spring NHRA Fanfest returns to the "Brooklyn Bridge" in front of the New York-New York Hotel & Casino on Thursday on the Las Vegas Strip when the event kicks off the NHRA Nationals.

Spencer will join Don Schumacher Racing drivers Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Ron Capps, Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr. and other stars of the Mello Yello Series from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a free autograph session.

Music, games, ticket giveaways and fun begins at 5 p.m.

Another feature of Fanfest will be DSR's New York New York Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car on display.

New York-New York is the official Las Vegas hotel and casino for DSR.

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