Don Schumacher Racing press release
SPENCER MASSEY TRYING TO TIGHTEN THE STANDINGS WITH PERFORMANCE AT LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS
BRAINERD, Minn., August 15, 2011 – Having already clinched a spot in the playoffs and sitting second in the standings, Spencer Massey hopes to close the gap on the Top Fuel leader with a successful visit here this weekend to Brainerd International Raceway for the 30th-annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
Aboard his Prestone/FRAM dragster, the 28-year-old Don Schumacher Racing driver would like to go several rounds deep in final eliminations to tighten up the race with Del Worsham for top spot in the upcoming Countdown to 1 for the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel championship.
“With two races to go before the Countdown begins, we’d like to move up to first or at least solidify our hold on second,” said the Fort Worth native and resident who is 126 points behind Worsham. “Of course, we want to win this race and every other one, but at least we want to go rounds both to keep us in place and to get ready for the playoffs.
“We had a great Western Swing – anytime you win one race on the Swing, which we did, (in Denver followed by a quarterfinal appearance in Sonoma and semifinal one in Seattle), it’s a good three-week trip.”
The points are reset for the top-10 drivers following the U.S. Nationals Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis, with the leader getting a 30-point cushion at the beginning of the six-race Countdown.
“We want to do well here,” added Massey, who has already picked up three victories in the 2011 season. “But we don’t want to use up all of our luck, all of our mojo, before we get to the Countdown.
“We’ll come to Brainerd to continue getting ready for the championship run. Todd and Phil (Okuhara and Shuler, co-crew chiefs) will continue refining the setup which has gotten the Prestone/FRAM dragster this far; we’ll just keep trying to go rounds and get down the track without any drama.”
Massey, who after winning the rookie-of-the-year award in 2009 sat out last season after his previous team lost its sponsorship, has limited experience in the Gopher State.
“I do like the track and I’ve won here,” he said, reminiscing about his 2007 victory in a Top Alcohol dragster. “I just want to do better than I did the last time I ran in a top fuel hot rod (a first-round exit during his one nitro race) and considering the ride I have now, I expect to!”