SPENCER MASSEY HOPES ATLANTA LUCK CONTINUES HEADING INTO WEEKEND’S SOUTHERN NATIONALS
COMMERCE, Ga., May 10, 2011 – Spencer Massey, who has reached the finals in his three previous races here, hopes to continue his mastery of Atlanta Dragway this weekend as he drives the Valvoline NextGen/FRAM Top Fuel dragster in the 31st annual NHRA Southern Nationals.
The 28-year-old Fort Worth native and resident won in consecutive years, 2007/08, driving an alcohol dragster and then, coming from the pole position as number-one qualifier (track-record 3.820-second elapsed time), was runner up in his lone NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel event, finishing second in 2009 to Morgan Lucas.
“Considering how I’ve performed there, Georgia is always on my mind.”
According to the 2009 NHRA rookie of the year, he and his team are poised and ready to find the winner’s circle for the first time in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.
“I am feeling very confident going into this race, considering past successes here and how strong this car feels, thanks to Phil and Todd (Shuler and Okuhara, co crew chiefs). We’re really close; I can really feel it,” he said.
He has been to two semifinals (including the third, final round of the Charlotte 4-Wide event) and three quarterfinals in the season’s previous five events. He does lead all Top Fuel pilots in takeoffs – he has beaten his opponent off the starting time 15 times in 18 rounds through the first six races (with two losses and one tie, as well); an .861 winning percentage.
Massey returns to one of his favorite Southern haunts in his third color scheme of the young 2011 season. He will be driving the predominantly green dragster in Valvoline NextGen livery.
“I’ve been Big Bird (driving the yellow Prestone/FRAM dragster in the first three races), then Tony the Tiger (the FRAM/Prestone car, his primary ride for 2011) and now Kermit the Frog (a one-off application),” said Massey. “I’m proud to wear the NextGen green.
“This is a great product, which helps reduce the amount of oil needed for motor vehicles. It’s an oil for your cars and trucks, but I know it has been tested in the Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars where it performs like ‘normal’ motor oil.”