Spencer Massey Hopes To Start A Streak At Denver

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Spencer Massey Hopes To Start Another Streak At Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

Spencer Massey drives the FRAM/Prestone Top Fuel Dragster into this weekend’s 32nd-annual MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals here at Bandimere Speedway focused on starting another streak of drama-free runs, a streak which has propelled him into second place of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel standings.

Spencer Massey waits to pull through the tower
Spencer Massey waits to pull through the tower

Photo by: Glenn F. Katauskas

Beginning with the first-qualifying session of the Atlanta race, Massey put together 40-consecutive laps without smoking the tires of his hot rod. The next five races saw the 28-year-old Don Schumacher Racing driver pick up two victories, a runner up and two semifinal-round finishes, as well as two number-one qualifiers – and a move from fifth to second in the standings.

“Racing’s full of ups and downs, and we suffered a slight loss of momentum in Chicago,” he said about his round-one loss at the last event. “But we still qualified number one before smoking the tires on a very hot and slippery track on race day.

“We just have to get another streak going, get back to getting down the race track by going from A to B without beating ourselves. That’s the most important part of what we’ve been doing – we have not been beating ourselves.”

The overall season has been very rewarding and positive, he added.

“I’m having a lot of fun,” said the Fort Worth native. “We are having the kind of success expected of us because of the caliber of the FRAM/Prestone team. The car I’m driving has shown greatness for years and the results we’re achieving are what Don (Schumacher) expects and deserves.

“Todd and Phil (Okuhara and Shuler, co-crew chiefs) are doing a great job, giving me a great car each race. I just have to do my job – get a good light, then stab (the accelerator pedal) and steer.”

This will be Massey’s second visit to Bandimere Speedway and his second Western Swing – three-consecutive weekends of racing in Denver, Sonoma (Calif.) and Seattle. He made it to the semifinals in 2009 at this race, his rookie-of-the-year season and last full-season of Top Fuel competition.

“I’m excited about heading to the West,” he said. “If we get back on our roll, we have a chance to do what Antron did two years ago (in 2009 DSR teammate Antron Brown swept the three-race swing) which would be great!

“And I’m looking forward to the trip.”

Massey drives himself to most of the 22 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events in a motorhome, enjoying seeing the country as well as competing.

“I’m looking forward to the drive, cruising and the road trip,” he added.

By: don schumacher racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Don Schumacher , Spencer Massey
Tags bandimere, denver, don schumacher, massey, nhra, top fuel