By Don Schumacher Racing
Spencer Massey Looks For Sweet Results This Weekend At Ohio NHRA Race
Spencer Massey, driver of the FRAM/Prestone Top Fuel dragster, heads to this weekend’s fifth-annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals here with two goals – lose some weight and return to the winner’s circle.
The former is to better enjoy one of Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park’s signature features – a pound of ice cream for one dollar, while the latter is to further his quest for a NHRA Full Throttle championship.
“I’ve got to lose some weight this week so I can stock up on some ice cream when I get there,” said the 28-year-old Don Schumacher Racing driver who is in the midst of a solid sophomore season. “And I know this might not sound too exciting, but I will fill the freezer in the motorhome with vanilla – plain-old vanilla because vanilla’s good!”
Vanilla might be the Fort Worth native’s flavor choice, but it bears no relation to his driving through nine races of the 2011 NHRA Drag Racing Series schedule. The season’s ledger includes two wins and third place in the Top Fuel standings, but, possibly even more impressive, 30-consecutive rounds (which began with the first qualifying round at the Atlanta race) without smoking the tires.
“We’re still on our roll, going down the track from A to B without any drama,” he said. “I’m a bit disappointed after Bristol, losing to Larry (Dixon, eventual race winner) in the semis, but we still ran well and got down the track. It was great winning the previous two races (Topeka and Englishtown); I guess this means we just have to start a new streak.”
Massey fell a microscopic-.006-of-a-second short of Dixon at last week’s race after having defeating Pat Dakin and Top Fuel points’ leader Del Worsham in the first two rounds of eliminations. He trails Worsham by 33 points and is three behind second-place holder Dixon (and just in front of DSR teammates Antron Brown and Tony Schumacher, respectively).
Despite unsettled and changing weather and track conditions for both days of qualifying in Bristol, four-solid runs culminated in a final round of 3.852 seconds at 320.74 miles per hour, which earned him the third starting position.
“Phil and Todd (Shuler and Okuhara, co-crew chiefs) and the entire FRAM/Prestone team continue to give me a great car, the one – I think – to beat,” said the 2009 NHRA rookie of the year who lost his ride for 2010 when his previous team lost its sponsorship. “I like the position we’re in and, considering how great Don and the DSR organization is and the resources they provide, I don’t think anyone is surprised by our success.
“This whole experience has been great. I’m just having so much fun!”