2014 NHRA: Spencer Massey NHRA Southern Nationals Event Results: Winner
Spencer Massey and the Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher team aren't suffering from Monday blues after winning the rain delayed NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Massey completed the first round of racing on Sunday, approximately eight hours late due to persistent rains. Shortly after Massey won a pedal-fest against opening round opponent J.R. Todd, NHRA officials called the event due to challenging track conditions.
Phil Shuler, Todd Okuhara and the Battery Extender Top Fuel team had to sleep on it before getting another shot at the track on Monday.
"That was wild," Massey said. "You win first round and you go back and the guys typically start thrashing getting ready for second round but we didn't have that here. They got to rest between first and second rounds which typically isn't the case."
The 10,000-horsepower Top Fuel machine took to the track on Monday against Clay Millican and DSR teammate Antron Brown before facing Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta in the final round.
"That is not an easy day of racing," Massey said. "When you race a DSR teammate in the semifinals and Antron had such a great race car we knew it was going to be tough. It was tricky out there for sure but these guys pulled together and we got the win.
"Don Schumacher Racing had a tough weekend out here, for sure. The pressure was on. You don't want to disappoint the boss man and I don't think we did today."
It wasn't Spencer's first career Monday win. He also scored a Monday Wally trophy at Maple Grove Raceway in 2011.
"I was thinking about that this morning actually," he said. "I don't know, maybe that's my thing. I'd take a Wally every day if they gave one out. Atlanta Dragway is actually a special place to me. I got two wins in the (Top) Alcohol dragster here in 2007 and 2008 so it's great to be back in the Winner's Circle here again."
It was the Battery Extender's first event tile since last season in Brainerd, Minn., and Spencer's 15th career title.
Event Winner: Spencer Massey (DSR)
No. 1 Qualifier: Doug Kalitta (Kalitta Motorsports), 3.732 sec., 328.86 mph
SPENCER MASSEY, Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher Top Fuel Dragster
Qualifying Position: No. 10
First round: MASSEY (4.268, 241.58) def. JR Todd (11.696, 80.22)
Second round: MASSEY (3.869, 278.23) def. Millican (4.187, 195.03)
Semifinal: MASSEY (3.816, 322.65) def. Brown (4.520, 188.60)
FRIDAY: 3.828 sec., 316.82 mph, (Session 1); did not run (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.844, 285.95 (Session 3); 8.925, 77.63 (Session 4)
NHRA MELLO YELLO TOP FUEL STANDINGS
(unofficial through Atlanta)
driver (wins), points
1. Doug Kalitta (1), 649
2. ANTRON BROWN (3), 642
3. Steve Torrence (0), 503
4. Shawn Langdon (0), 461
5. SPENCER MASSEY (1), 454
6. Khalid alBalooshi (1), 413
7. TONY SCHUMACHER (1), 407
8. Brittany Force (0), 336
9. Richie Crampton (0), 257
10. J.R. Todd (0), 257