Massey, Capps, Anderson and Stoffer race to victories at Gainesville

Mello Yello Series results Sunday from Gainesville

Gainesville, Fla. – Spencer Massey claimed his first Top Fuel win of the season Sunday during the 46th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Ron Capps (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the third of 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events in the season.

Massey piloted his Red Fuel dragster to a holeshot victory, winning with a performance of 3.882 seconds at 320.74 mph to defending world champ Tony Schumacher’s quicker but losing 3.873 at 313.29 in the U.S. Army dragster. It was Massey’s first win at Gainesville and 18th of his career. The victory moves Massey into a tie with Shirley Muldowney and Darrell Gwynn for 12th on the all-time wins list in Top Fuel.

"Tony has been running really strong," said Massey, who moved to third in points with the win. "I know that he can step his game up and be deadly when he needs to on the starting line. We’ve got four new members on the team and three of four haven’t won a race. Now they’ve won the Gators.”

It was Schumacher’s second consecutive final round appearance of 2015, as he earned a victory at Phoenix in late February. With the runner-up finish he moved to third in points.

Funny Car

In Funny Car, Capps drove his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T to a performance of 4.115 at 311.05 to take the victory over first-time finalist John Hale. The win was Capps’ first of the season, third at this event and 44th of his career (43rd in Funny Car). The win tied him for second all-time on the Funny Car wins list. Following the victory, Capps moves to second in points behind Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan.

“When you’ve got a race car like today, you almost wait for something to go wrong,” said Capps, who last won in Brainerd last season. “I’ve driven for almost 18 years and I feel like I find myself driving the car as if I am driving something that’s just so far behind the other cars. I think that really helped me this weekend.”

Rookie driver Hale was appearing in his first career Funny Car final in only his sixth career start. Driving the ALO Drink Dodge Charger for Jim Dunn Racing, Hale defeated 16-time world champ John Force, Alexis DeJoria and Blake Alexander to reach the finals. It was JDR’s first final round appearance since Seattle 2008.

Pro Stock

Anderson claimed his milestone 75th career victory and first in Pro Stock since Englishtown in 2012, when he clocked a 6.538 at 213.43 to defeat teammate Jason Line in an all-Summit Racing Chevy Camaro final round. Anderson’s third Gatornationals win moves him to sixth in the points standings.

“It’s a special day and weekend,” said Anderson, a four-time Pro Stock world champ who had off-season heart surgery prior to the start of the 2014 season. “It was my birthday yesterday so it’s pretty darn cool. A year ago I couldn’t even come to this race [due to the surgery]. It was a great day for Greg Anderson, KB Racing and everyone involved with us.”

Line continued an impressive start to the 2015 season with his runner-up finish. He won the season-opening event at Pomona and this final round result was his 40th career runner-up finish. Line, a two-time world champ, sits second in points.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Stoffer defeated three-time world champ Eddie Krawiec in the final with a 6.900 at 195.11 on her Suzuki Extended Protection Suzuki to claim her second victory at this event. Appearing in her first race since Indianapolis in 2013, Stoffer defeated Steve Johnson, Angie Smith, and Shawn Gann en route to the final. The win was Stoffer’s first since Denver in 2011 and her seventh overall.

“We had a lot of heart and a lot of passion,” Stoffer said. “We don’t have a big budget but we certainly have a big heart. We certainly tried to get some high performance out of it and we were able to do it. The boys worked hard, worked till about midnight each night and gave us a good bike on Sunday.”

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads to Charlotte, N.C. for the sixth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, March 27-29, at zMAX Dragway.

Final round-by-round results 

Top Fuel

Round One -- Antron Brown, 8.690, 76.90 def. Larry Dixon, broke; Clay Millican, 3.866, 312.93 def. Leah Pritchett, 7.612, 96.15; Shawn Langdon, 3.781, 318.77 def. Morgan Lucas, 10.084, 78.74; J.R. Todd, 3.795, 322.81 def. Doug Kalitta, 3.809, 321.58; Spencer Massey, 3.768, 329.02 def. Chris Karamesines, 5.421, 122.29; Tony Schumacher, 3.775, 325.45 def. Terry McMillen, 3.863, 309.98; Brittany Force, 3.792, 323.12 def. Dave Connolly, 3.856, 316.60; Richie Crampton, 3.783, 320.05 def. Steve Torrence, 3.859, 321.81;

Quarterfinals -- Brown, 3.850, 314.90 def. Todd, 4.008, 270.48; Langdon, 3.830, 312.06 def. Crampton, 3.866, 310.13; Schumacher, 3.887, 320.13 def. Millican, 7.009, 87.61; Massey, 3.911, 299.13 def. Force, 3.926, 285.47;

Semifinals -- Massey, 3.858, 308.07 def. Brown, 5.182, 144.98; Schumacher, 3.838, 320.58 def. Langdon, 4.323, 241.24;

Final -- Massey, 3.882, 320.74 def. Schumacher, 3.873, 313.29.

Funny Car

Round One -- Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.088, 311.20 def. Tony Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.094, 306.26; John Hale, Dodge Charger, 4.541, 203.16 def. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 5.899, 122.27; Blake Alexander, Charger, 4.151, 303.43 def. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.689, 189.55; Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.044, 312.42 def. Dave Richards, Toyota Solara, 10.363, 79.91; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.114, 310.55 def. Chad Head, Camry, 4.126, 300.46; Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.145, 303.78 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 5.312, 241.54; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.099, 311.27 def. Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 7.619, 87.62; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.112, 312.42 def. Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.105, 315.86;

Quarterfinals -- Wilkerson, 4.082, 311.63 def. Beckman, 4.096, 308.50; Alexander, 6.302, 128.20 def. Johnson Jr., broke; Capps, 4.130, 310.55 def. C. Pedregon, 4.728, 190.43; Hale, 4.196, 277.37 def. DeJoria, 4.509, 238.22;

Semifinals -- Hale, 4.203, 301.20 def. Alexander, 7.443, 93.94; Capps, 4.120, 308.71 def. Wilkerson, 4.112, 308.85;

Final -- Capps, 4.115, 311.05 def. Hale, 4.208, 289.32.

Pro Stock

Round One -- Vincent Nobile, Chevy Camaro, 6.562, 209.95 def. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 20.384, 33.89; Jimmy Alund, Pontiac GXP, 7.032, 209.59 def. Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 13.824, 62.06; Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.580, 210.97 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 8.041, 124.76; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.533, 212.59 def. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.562, 211.49; Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.528, 212.90 def. John Gaydosh Jr, GXP, 6.728, 206.54; Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.498, 213.64 was unopposed; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.515, 213.00 def. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Avenger, 6.644, 208.97; Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.532, 212.79 def. V. Gaines, Dart, 6.588, 211.86;

Quarterfinals -- Anderson, 6.561, 212.63 def. S. Gray, 6.567, 212.69; Brogdon, 6.542, 212.69 def. Skillman, 12.857, 67.53; Line, 6.528, 212.46 def. Alund, 6.571, 209.30; McGaha, 15.316, 54.94 def. Nobile, broke;

Semifinals -- Anderson, 6.560, 213.67 def. McGaha, 21.386, 37.10; Line, 6.535, 213.40 def. Brogdon, 6.540, 213.47;

Final -- Anderson, 6.538, 213.43 def. Line, 6.554, 212.96.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

Round One -- Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.880, 195.65 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.950, 194.66; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.923, 194.74 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, foul; Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.949, 191.29 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 15.609, 43.17; Hector Arana, Buell, 6.928, 193.57 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, broke; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.874, 194.77 def. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 7.085, 187.99; Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.913, 189.26 def. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, foul; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.883, 193.96 def. Mike Berry, Buell, broke; Angie Smith, 7.070, 179.30 def. Matt Smith, broke;

Quarterfinals -- Tonglet, 6.927, 194.52 def. Sampey, broke; Krawiec, 6.900, 196.19 def. Arana, 6.902, 195.00; Stoffer, 6.933, 196.07 def. A. Smith, 6.985, 187.91; Gann, 6.953, 192.33 def. Hines, 7.703, 130.67;

Semifinals -- Stoffer, 6.917, 196.62 def. Gann, 6.959, 192.58; Krawiec, 6.890, 195.11 def. Tonglet, 6.934, 194.38;

Final -- Stoffer, 6.900, 195.11 def. Krawiec, 7.884, 122.23.

Point standings (top 10)

Following the 46th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

Top Fuel

1. Shawn Langdon, 281; 2. Tony Schumacher, 268; 3. Spencer Massey, 250; 4. Antron Brown, 241; 5. Doug Kalitta, 184; 6. Richie Crampton, 159; 7. (tie) Larry Dixon, 140; Brittany Force, 140; 9. J.R. Todd, 139; 10. Steve Torrence, 121.

Funny Car

1. Matt Hagan, 267; 2. Ron Capps, 241; 3. Del Worsham, 213; 4. Robert Hight, 177; 5. John Hale, 173; 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., 172; 7. Alexis DeJoria, 162; 8. (tie) Courtney Force, 157; Cruz Pedregon, 157; 10. Tim Wilkerson, 145.

Pro Stock

1. Rodger Brogdon, 284; 2. Jason Line, 277; 3. Drew Skillman, 229; 4. Chris McGaha, 220; 5. Erica Enders-Stevens, 217; 6. Greg Anderson, 203; 7. Shane Gray, 166; 8. Allen Johnson, 142; 9. Larry Morgan, 121; 10. Vincent Nobile, 119.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Karen Stoffer, 115; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 98; 3. (tie) Shawn Gann, 72; LE Tonglet, 72; 5. Angelle Sampey, 66; 6. Andrew Hines, 59; 7. Hector Arana, 54; 8. Angie Smith, 51; 9. Matt Smith, 43; 10. (tie) Steve Johnson, 34. Jim Underdahl, 34.

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Series NHRA
Event Gainesville
Sub-event Sunday
Track Gainesville Raceway
Drivers Clay Millican , Shirley Muldowney , Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Pedregon , Del Worsham , Ron Capps , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Chris Karamesines , Larry Morgan , Mike Berry , Shawn Gann , Cruz Pedregon , Tim Wilkerson , Jack Beckman , Karen Stoffer , Darrell Gwynn , Allen Johnson , Morgan Lucas , Jason Line , Andrew Hines , Rodger Brogdon , Matthew Smith , Steve Johnson , Don Schumacher , Jimmy Alund , Robert Hight , Erica Enders , J.R. Todd , Matt Hagan , Angelle Sampey , Steve Torrence , Dave Connolly , Eddie Krawiec , John Hale , Angie Smith , LE Tonglet , Shane Gray , Shawn Langdon , Vincent Nobile , Jim Underdahl , Scotty Pollacheck , Spencer Massey , Terry McMillen , Jerry Savoie , Courtney Force , Brittany Force , Chad Head , Richie Crampton , Chris McGaha , Chaz Kennedy , Tommy Johnson Jr. , Leah Pritchett , Jonathan Gray
Article type Race report