By Don Schumacher Racing
Spencer Massey Snares Seventh Starting Spot For Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Spencer Massey, in the FRAM/Prestone Top Fuel dragster, continued his streak of drama-free runs with two more today on his way to qualifying seventh for Sunday’s fifth-annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals here at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
After rain wiped out Friday’s two rounds, qualifying became a two-round affair today. Massey put up a 3.886-second lap at 315.12 miles per hour in the first qualifying session, which earned him an initial-eliminations contest with Terry McMillen.
The 28-year-old Don Schumacher Racing driver has gone 32-consecutive rounds without smoking the tires, in a streak which began with the first qualifying round of the Atlanta race and includes back-to-back victories in Topeka and Englishtown (N.J.).
“Phil and Todd (Shuler and Okuhara, co-crew chiefs) continue to give me a great hot rod,” said the Fort Worth native and resident. “I am so confident when I step on the throttle that we are going to get down the track with a competitive run and we do.
“I love racing, can’t get enough of it and the FRAM/Prestone guys just keep making it so much fun!”
Under a rapidly warming race track later in the day, Massey did not improve on his first-round performance, netting a run of 3.893 at 301.60.
“I’m a little disappointed in where we ended up, but we are in the top half of the field, which gives us lane choice tomorrow,” he said. “You always want to do better, but you can win from anywhere in the field and with the way my FRAM/Prestone dragster has been running, I think our chances are great.
“Phil and Todd know exactly why it ran what it did so they can get up there tomorrow and just run the race. Whatever it takes, round by round, we’ll just continue doing what we’re doing and go A to B in this FRAM dragster.”
Massey, who lost a close semifinal match with eventual race-winner Larry Dixon last week in Bristol, enters Sunday’s race, which begins at 11 a.m. ET, holding down the third position in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel standings.