Don Schumacher Racing
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 29, 2012) - Spencer Massey usually loads his pickup truck into a trailer that hooks to the back of his motorhome. He then drives the rig to most NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events across the country.
But this week he doesn't have to drive and gets to stay in a hotel instead of his home on wheels.
The current points leader in Top Fuel Dragster will hitch a ride with his Prestone/FRAM team from headquarters near Indianapolis for the ride to Englishtown, N.J., where Massey and the team will try to defend their title in the 43rd annual Toyota NHRA SuperNationals.
The 29-year-old native and resident of Fort Worth, Texas, deserves to have someone else do the driving at least once during the 23-event Full Throttle season.
Massey and crew chiefs Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler have won a series best three titles through eight races this season and advanced to the championship round four times. He holds an 18-5 record this season after finishing second in last year's final standings.
"We've been doing well this season and this year is starting to look a little like last year," Massey said.
A year ago, the Prestone/FRAM team was dominant early in the summer. They won titles at Topeka, Kan., and Englishtown and two of the four events that followed.
"That was the stretch when the car went down the track like 40 straight times and Englishtown was part of that run," he said.
A year ago in the championship round at Englishtown, he won on a holeshot with a quicker start that enabled him to beat a quicker car.
"That felt good because Todd, Phil and the crew have gotten me through many races by how well that car gets down the track. Most of the time I'm just hanging on. When I can win a race on a holeshot it's good for me to have been able to help the team win."
At the last Full Throttle event two weeks ago at Topeka, Massey's team advanced to the championship round but wasn't able to defend its title there. He hopes they can defend at Englishtown.
"We want to get to the final round Sunday and hope we can win it. We just need to keep doing what we've been doing and keep the momentum.
"It makes the whole team a little more confident when you return to a track where you've won. We know we've been there before and done well there. We know what it takes to get down the track. The car runs well there. It helps to have a Wally (trophy) at home with Englishtown, N.J. on it.
Massey leads DSR teammates Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown, second and third respectively, in the points standings.