2014 NHRA: Spencer Massey NHRA Nationals At Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Event Recap: Second Round
The Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher dragster had a case of the hiccups this weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.
At the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opener in Pomona, Calif., Spencer Massey's 10,000-horsepower machine made it down the track six out of seven times and was very predictable for crew chiefs Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara.
But that wasn't the case at the warm Wild Horse Pass track.
"It really just wasn't our weekend," said Spencer. "We only went down the track two out of six runs, which was pretty much the opposite of Pomona. It's a different race track and we're racing Top Fuel dragsters.
"Sometimes it's your weekend and sometimes it's not. Sometimes the car just wants to hiccup and throw you a learning curve and that's what this Battery Extender dragster did to us this weekend."
After qualifying No. 11, Shuler and Okuhara got the Battery Extender dragster down the track in the opening round of eliminations with a pass of 3.826-seconds at 319 mph to defeat Bob Vandergriff.
But in the second round against Steve Torrence the Battery Extender dragster hazed the tires and slowed to a 4.223-second pass and did not turn on the win light.
"Every run, the car just didn't want to do what we wanted it to do. Hopefully we can get it sorted out at the next race. It is what it is, it's drag racing.
"It's only the second race of the season. We have a lot of racing and hopefully a lot of winning left to do this season."
Event winner: Antron Brown (Don Schumacher Racing)
No. 1 Qualifier: Doug Kalitta (Kalitta Motorsports), 3.735 sec., 327.74 mph
SPENCER MASSEY, Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher Top Fuel Dragster
Qualifying position: No. 11
FIRST ROUND: MASSEY (3.826, 319.90) def. Bob Vandergriff (6.546, 90.13)
SECOND ROUND: Steve Torrence (3.793, 319.98) def. MASSEY (4.223, 230.17)
FRIDAY: 6.709 sec., 86.42 mph, (Session 1); 10.201, 78.44, (Session 2).
SATURDAY: 3.821, 313.88 (Session 3); 7.883, 77.27 (Session 4)
NHRA MELLO YELLO STANDINGS
(Through Phoenix, second of 24 events; DSR drivers in CAPS)
1. Doug Kalitta, 191
2. Khalid alBalooshi, 165
3. ANTRON BROWN, 165
4. Steve Torrence, 155
5. SPENCER MASSEY, 127
5t. Brittany Force, 127
7. Shawn Langdon, 124
8. TONY SCHUMACHER, 92
9. Richie Crampton, 84
9t. David Grubnic, 84