2013 NHRA: Spencer Massey AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Event Preview
The most wonderful time of the year doesn't come in December for Spencer Massey. It comes in September and it takes place at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas.
A Fort Worth native, Massey will return to his home track with high hopes of earning a Wally trophy in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel class. Massey, who turned 31 on Sept. 13, first laid eyes on Top Fuel dragsters at the Motorplex as a child in 1986 and has been dreaming of winning there in a dragster ever since.
"It would mean a lot to me to win at Texas Motorplex," Massey said. "I've been coming here since I was a little kid, dreaming of driving Top Fuel here. I still remember seeing Top Fuel dragsters there for the first time.
"That's when I got hooked to drag racing. That's when I knew that's what I wanted to do with my life. I've come so close to winning that Top Fuel Wally here and I want that special cowboy hat they give the winner."
Massey and the Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher team has momentum going into Dallas stemming from a runner-up finish at the last event near Charlotte that moved his team to No. 1 in the Top Fuel standings for the first time in 19 races this year.
"We've definitely got momentum on our side heading into Dallas," said Massey, who has won four titles this season with crew chiefs Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler. "We had a great outing in Charlotte and took over the points lead, but we know we have to keep going rounds to stay in the fight for the championship."
Massey has numerous wins from Texas Motorplex from his days of driving NHRA Jr. Dragsters and racing in NHRA Sportsman Super Comp class. He's been runner-up the past two years near Dallas in Top Fuel.
"I've won lot of races at the Motorplex. From Jr. Dragster races to Super Comp races, even a track championship. But to win in Top Fuel there would be huge for me. I've been to the final round the past two years and just came up short. That just makes me want it more. My family and friends will there cheering me on and I'm ready to go."
"We know what we have to do. We just can't go out there and beat ourselves. That's what we've said all season long. Now it's time to show it."
No. 1 Top Fuel
SPENCER MASSEY, Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher
Last event (Sept. 13-15, Concord, N.C.): Qualified No. 7; lost in championship round to Morgan Lucas.
Last event at Dallas (Sept. 20-23, 2012): Qualified No. 10; lost in championship round to teammate Antron Brown.
Career at Dallas: Wins 0; runner-ups 2 (2012, 2011); poles 0
Pts Events Titles Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ W/L
2013 1st 19 4 2 6 3 4 1 0 36-15
Career 89 14 14 21 18 20 6 2 158-74
MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES
NHRA Countdown to the Championship Standings
(OfficIal through Sept. 15 at Charlotte; DSR drivers in CAPS)
1. SPENCER MASSEY 2,174 (--)
2. Shawn Langdon 2,150 (-24)
3. Morgan Lucas 2,144 (-30)
4. Doug Kalitta 2,131 (-43)
5. TONY SCHUMACHER 2,112 (-62)
6. Clay Millican 2,104 (-70)
7. Khalid alBalooshi 2,087 (-87)
8. Bob Vandergriff 2,051 (-123)
9. ANTRON BROWN 2,050 (-124)
10. Steve Torrence 2,044 (-130)
2013 REGULAR SEASON WINNERS: Langdon, SCHUMACHER, BROWN, SCHUMACHER, MASSEY, Vandergriff, BROWN, Langdon, Langdon, Steve Torrence, MASSEY, SCHUMACHER, alBalooshi, MASSEY, Langdon, Lucas, MASSEY, Langdon.
2013 COUNTDOWN WINNERS: Lucas.
DALLAS FALL NATIONALS INFO
SCHEDULE FOR TOP FUEL, FUNNY CAR
(times are CT)
Friday: 3 p.m., 6 p.m., nitro qualifying
Saturday: 12 p.m., 3 p.m., nitro qualifying
Sunday: 11 a.m., championship eliminations
(times are ET)
Sunday: 8:30 p.m., championship eliminations, delayed
(As of Tuesday afternoon)
Friday: High 81; 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms
Saturday: High 85; 20 percent chance of rain
Sunday: High 87; 0 percent chance of rain
NHRA COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Sept. 13-15 -Charlotte, N.C. (Finals: TF/Morgan Lucas def. SPENCER MASSEY; FC/Robert Hight def. MATT HAGAN)
Sept. 19-22 - Texas Motorplex, Dallas
Sept. 27-29 - Gateway Motorsports Park, St. Louis
Oct. 3-6 - Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, Pa.
Oct. 24-27 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas
Nov. 7-10 - Auto Club Raceway, Pomona