2013 NHRA: Spencer Massey NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway Event Recap: Semifinals
After losing in the first round at the previous NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event near St. Louis, Spencer Massey had a simple goal of winning the first round of eliminations at Maple Grove Raceway.
He accomplished that goal and then got another round win before losing a close semifinal round race to Don Schumacher Racing teammate and defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Antron Brown.
Crew chiefs Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara put Massey in the No. 8 qualifying position during Saturday's qualifying session with a 3.813-second pass. They bettered that pass in the first two rounds of eliminations with 3.80-second passes at the facility near Reading, Pa.
"Phil and Todd came out in the first round of eliminations and we ran better than what we did in qualifying. Then they did that again in the second round. It was just a good day for us.
"We got a couple win lights and got back to No. 3 in points. There's still a lot of racing left in this Countdown. We just have to go rounds and not beat ourselves. Anything can happen. Just because we are a few rounds out right now doesn't mean it will be like that after the next race. We're still in the fight and that's all we can ask for."
The NHRA Mello Yello tour will take two weeks off before heading to The Strip dragstrip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"We've got a couple of weeks off for us to all catch our breath and reset and we'll be ready to go turn on four win lights in Vegas and see how this Countdown to the Championship continues to play out."
The following are Massey's results and other event information from the 29th annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
Event winner: Shawn Langdon (Al-Anabi Racing)
No. 1 Qualifier: Morgan Lucas (3.772 sec., 314.90 mph)
SPENCER MASSEY, Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher Top Fuel Dragster
Qualifying Position: No. 8
First round: MASSEY (3.806, 323.97) def. Millican (3.797, 322.27)
Second round: MASSEY (3.808, 322.96) def. Sidnei Frigo (3.872, 319.67)
Semifinals: Brown (3.831, 320.74) def. MASSEY (3.840, 320.58)
First session: 6.919 sec., 83.12 mph
Second session: 3.845, 319.98
Third session: 3.851, 315.78
Fourth session: 3.819, 314.09
NHRA COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(Unofficial through Oct. 5 qualifying at Maple Grove Raceway; DSR drivers in CAPS)
1. Shawn Langdon 2,441 (--)
2. Doug Kalitta 2,358 (-83)
3. SPENCER MASSEY 2,355 (-86)
4. Morgan Lucas (2,316 (-125)
5. ANTRON BROWN 2,312 (-129)
6. TONY SCHUMACHER (2,302) (-139)
7. Clay Millican 2,232 (-209)
8. Khalid alBalooshi 2,223 (-218)
9. Bob Vandergriff 2,187 (-254)
10. Steve Torrence 2,125 (-316)
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 (Charlotte), Doug Kalitta (Dallas), BROWN (St. Louis), Langdon (Reading).
Sunday: 12:30 a.m. (ET), qualifying, ESPN2, delayed; 7:30 p.m. (ET), championship eliminations, ESPN2, delayed