2013 NHRA: Spencer Massey AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Event Recap: Semifinals
It's never easy to take a loss. But Spencer Massey's Texas support system made a semifinal loss a little bit easier on Sunday at Texas Motorplex.
After qualifying No. 6 in only two attempts after rain washed out Friday's two sessions at Massey's hometown track, he reached the semifinal round of Sunday's AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals.
The Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher team led by Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler unleashed a 3.798-second pass in the opening round of eliminations to defeat J.R. Todd. Then in a rematch of last year's championship round at the Motorplex, Massey got the win light with a 3.832-second pass over Don Schumacher Racing teammate and reigning Top Fuel champion Antron Brown.
In the semifinal round, Massey's dragster lost traction and lost to eventual event winner Doug Kalitta. It was a disappointment for Massey, who reached the final round here the two previous years in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition in the Top Fuel class.
"We would've loved to have gotten a chance to race in the final here and try to get that trophy but we're still happy," Massey said. "We're still up there in the points and that's huge. We are two points out of the lead, that can be made up just in qualifying. We still have a shot to go No. 1 at the next race. You can already see that it's going to be an awesome championship hunt to the finish."
There are four Mello Yello events remaining before the season concludes in Pomona, Calif.
When the Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher Top Fuel dragster team returned to their pit area after the semifinals, Massey's friends and family were waiting and ready to offer support for their fellow Texan.
"Obviously when I come back here to race at the Texas Motorplex I have a bunch of friends and family here supporting me. Not only that, Texas people, they love everything from Texas. They always say 'don't mess with Texas.' My home is 45 minutes from here. When they announce my name here and say he's from Fort Worth that gets everyone sitting in the stands rooting for me. That's an awesome feeling knowing you have so many people supporting you. I love racing here because of that."
But all in all it was a good weekend for Massey and his fellow Texans.
"I'm happy. I had a great showing for all of my friends and family here in Texas. It was a hectic weekend. I'm ready for St. Louis."
SPENCER MASSEY, Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher
Qualifying position: 6th
First round: MASSEY (3.798, 320.74) def. JR Todd (3.846, 316.97)
Second round: MASSEY (3.832, 317.79) def. Antron Brown (3.857, 307.37)
Semifinals: Doug Kalitta (3.853, 312.42) def. MASSEY (4.393, 188.78)
Session 1: 3.880, 314.83
Session 2: 3.839, 318.02
MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES
NHRA Countdown to the Championship Standings
(Official through Sept. 22 near Dallas; DSR drivers in CAPS)
1. Shawn Langdon 2,251 (--)
1t. Doug Kalitta 2,251 (--)
3. SPENCER MASSEY 2,249 (-2)
4. Morgan Lucas 2,216 (-35)
5. TONY SCHUMACHER 2,163 (-88)
6. Clay Millican 2,140 (-111)
7. Bob Vandergriff 2,103 (-148)
8. ANTRON BROWN 2, 101 (-150)
9. Khalid alBalooshi 2,097 (-154)
10. Steve Torrence 2,080 (-171)
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, Kalitta
(times are ET)
Sunday: 8:30 p.m., championship eliminations, delayed
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 (Finals: TF/Doug Kalitta def. Shawn Langdon; FC/Cruz Pedregon def. John Force)
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
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Schumacher Electric Corporation employs about 2,000 worldwide and is the world's foremost manufacturer of battery chargers. It also engages in designing and producing custom transformers for the electronics industry and its product lines include electronic assemblies, custom-built transformers, welders, specialty assemblies, toroidal products, linear power transformers, high frequency magnetics, and welding accessories.
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In 1974, Don Schumacher, who owns Don Schumacher Racing, began running the company that was founded in 1947 by his father, Al Schumacher, and Otto Woodward in Chicago.