2013 NHRA: Spencer Massey NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Event Preview
The two-week hiatus from the NHRA Mello Yello Series Drag Racing series was well deserved for Spencer Massey and the Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher Top Fuel dragster team.
The break allowed Massey to return to his home state of Texas for an extended period for the first time since the beginning of the season. Whether it was doing routine maintenance on his motorhome that he travels in to nearly every Mello Yello event or working on a friend's dragster, his Battery Extender team was never far from his mind.
"This is really the most time off I've had all season," Massey said. "It just makes me that much hungrier to get back to NHRA drag racing, back in my Battery Extender dragster. I just want to go out in these next two races and try to win them. We're really pumped and motivated to get back out to Vegas and go after a win.
"The guys have been working hard back in Brownsburg (Ind.) to prepare us for these final two races and they also got some time off to get relaxed and ready to go after it in these final two races."
Massey has two wins at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and currently sits third in the NHRA Top Fuel standings, four rounds of racing behind leader Shawn Langdon and just three points behind No. 2 ranked Doug Kalitta.
One event remains after this weekend's penultimate Mello Yello series event at Las Vegas.
"We're still racing for the championship," he said. "We're just over four rounds out of the lead and there are eight rounds left. We need a little bit of luck on our side and for some things to go our way. But if we can't get the championship we'd still like to end the season with a couple more Wally's (trophies).
"I'm excited. I feel good about our chances. Vegas is usually a good track for us. We have a couple of wins there, a runner-up at this race last year. That's all we need to do is just go rounds and turn on win lights and everything will play out the way it's going to. We just need to do our part."
SPENCER MASSEY, Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher dragster
Last event (Oct. 4-6, Reading, Pa.): Qualified No. 8; lost in semifinals to teammate Antron Brown.
Last race at Las Vegas (April 5-7, 2013): Qualified No. 10; lost in semifinals to teammate Tony Schumacher.
Last October at Las Vegas: Qualified No. 2; lost in second round to Bob Vandergriff.
October totals at Las Vegas: Wins 1 (2009); Runner-ups 1 (2011); Poles 0 April totals at Las Vegas: Wins 1 (2012); Runner-ups 0; Poles 0 Career totals for Las Vegas: Wins 2; Runner-ups 1; Poles 0
Pts Events Titles Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ Win/Loss
2013 3rd 22 4 2 8 3 5 1 0 40-18
Career 93 14 14 24 18 21 6 2 162-77
NHRA Countdown to the Championship standings
(Through Oct. 6 eliminations at Maple Grove Raceway; DSR drivers in CAPS)
TOP FUEL points (wins)
1. Shawn Langdon 2,441 (6) --
2. Doug Kalitta 2,358 (1) - 83
3. SPENCER MASSEY 2,355 (4) - 86
4. Morgan Lucas 2,316 (2) -125
5. ANTRON BROWN 2,312 (3) -129
6. TONY SCHUMACHER 2,302 (3) -139
7. Clay Millican 2,232 (0) -209
8. Khalid alBalooshi 2,223 (1) -218
9. Bob Vandergriff 2,187 (1) -254
10. Steve Torrence 2,125 (1) -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).
Countdown to the Championship schedule/results
Sept. 13-15 zMAX Dragway, Concord, N.C.
(Finals: TF - Lucas def. MASSEY; FC - Hight def. HAGAN)
Sept. 19-22 Texas Motorplex, Dallas
(Finals: TF - Kalitta def. Langdon; FC- C. Pedregon def. J. Force)
Sept. 27-29 Gateway Motorsports Park, St. Louis
(Finals: TF - BROWN def. alBalooshi; FC - J. Force def. BECKMAN)
Oct. 3-6 Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, Pa.
(Finals: TF - Langdon def. BROWN; FC - J. Force def. Chad Head)
Oct. 24-27 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas
Nov. 7-10 Auto Club Raceway, Pomona, Calif.
NHRA Toyota Nationals event information
Weekend schedule (times are PDT)
Thursday: 6-8 p.m., DSR autograph session New York New York lobby
Friday: 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., nitro qualifying
Saturday: 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., nitro qualifying
Sunday: 11 a.m., championship eliminations On ESPN2 (times are ET)
Saturday: qualifying, TBD
Sunday: eliminations, 8 p.m. Sunday (delayed)
Weather.com forecast (As of Monday, Oct. 21)
Friday, Oct. 25: High 81 degrees; 0 percent chance of rain
Saturday, Oct. 26: High 80 degrees; 0 percent chance of rain
Sunday, Oct. 27: High 78 degrees; 0 percent chance of rain