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Spencer Massey Reachs Semifinals At Fram/Autolite NHRA Nationals
Spencer Massey, who handles the controls of the FRAM/Prestone Top Fuel dragster, lost a close semifinal round race to points leader Del Worsham here today in the FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.
Massey, who qualified second, posted a 3.899-second pass at 310.84 miles per hour, but came up a little short to Worsham’s 3.897-second run at 304.19 mph. Both drivers had identical .055-second reaction times.
“It was a close race, just like we hope this championship battle will be at the end of the season – just with a different outcome,” said Massey. “At least we didn’t give it away.
“If we were just a little quicker on the light or Del was a bit slower, then maybe the outcome is turned around. You can think about a lot of ‘what ifs,’ but this is drag racing.”
The Fort Worth resident was hoping to parlay last Sunday’s victory in Denver into additional round wins in Wine Country. However, Worsham had other ideas.
“There was some extra pressure in the race with Del because it meant a lot in terms of the standings,” said Massey. “But, I still approached it the same way I always do – get a good light, stab and steer; really nothing different
“The real disappointment is we couldn’t get a win for all of our FRAM/Autolite friends who were here to support the event and our team. We’ll try to go get them a win in Seattle.”
Worsham subsequently lost to Massey’s DSR teammate Antron Brown, who then went on to win the race in a close final round against Tony Schumacher in the third DSR Top Fuel dragster.
Massey retains second place in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel standings as the series heads for Pacific Raceways next weekend for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals.
The 28-year-old Don Schumacher Racing driver is 82 points – just over four race-round wins – behind Worsham with three races remaining before the points are reset and the Countdown to 1 playoffs commence.
“We won the first race (Denver) on the ‘Western Swing,’” he said. “We would like to close it out with a win next week in Seattle.”
By: don schumacher racing