Spencer Massey Joliet Saturday Report

Route 66 Raceway

Spencer Massey Takes Pole For Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Spencer Massey, aboard the FRAM/Prestone Top Fuel dragster, will start Sunday’s 14th annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals from the pole position after dominating the four qualifying sessions which concluded this evening here at Route 66 Raceway.

Spencer Massey reacts after being defeated
Spencer Massey reacts after being defeated

Photo by: Ted Rossino

The Don Schumacher Racing driver, on a run of 40-consecutive laps without smoking the tires, made four drama-free passes en route to posting the quickest times in three of the four sessions (second-quickest in the other) and top speed in two of the four.

According to Massey, who faces Illinois-native T.J. Zizzo in round one of Sunday’s final eliminations which begin at noon ET, “It just can’t get any better than this. I get to go down the race track without any problems and just have fun driving.

“Our goal is to go from A to B and not beat ourselves by going all-out for low E.T. and spinning the tires. We don’t want to beat ourselves, but rather let the other guy beat himself. As long as Todd and Phil (Okuhara and Shuler, co-crew chiefs), along with the rest of the FRAM/Prestone team, keep giving me this great hot rod, I just have to do my job at the tree and then ‘stab (the throttle pedal) and steer’ and the good results will come.”

The 28-year-old Fort Worth native used Friday’s second-round run of 3.819 seconds at 319.29 miles per hour – top speed of qualifying – to secure the number-one spot. He earned 11 of the 12 points possible from qualifying for this run combined with the outcome of his other three: 3.930 at 308.92; 3.947 at 305.56, and 3.878 at 299.26.

It was the third pole of Massey’s career and second of the 2011NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season, the first of which came at the Atlanta race where the consecutive-smokeless rounds began during qualifying.

Since beginning the streak five races ago, he has won two races (Topeka and Englishtown, N.J.), finished runner up once and advanced to two semifinal rounds. In addition, his success has moved him from fifth to second, behind Del Worsham, in the Top Fuel standings.

“Things are going just great. I love racing and want to just keep doing this for another 30 years. I want to be another Greek out there,” he added, referring to Chris Karamesines, who is, at 80 years of age, in the sixth decade of driving a Top Fuel car.

By: don schmacher racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , Chris Karamesines , Don Schumacher , Spencer Massey
Tags chicago, don schumacher, joliet, massey, nhra, route 66 raceway, top fuel