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2014 NHRA: Spencer Massey NHRA Kansas Nationals Event Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 21, 2014 - 04:08 PM
2014 NHRA: Spencer Massey NHRA Kansas Nationals Event Preview

Spencer Massey knows the importance of momentum on the NHRA Mello Drag Racing Series circuit.

The 2009 NHRA Road to the Future rookie award winner hopes that a win at Atlanta Dragway on Monday during the rain-delayed Southern Nationals sparks his Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher team to another final-round effort at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas this weekend.


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"It was really important that we got a win early in the season," Massey said of his 15th career NHRA win. "With the stretch of nine races in 11 weekends coming up we really needed to get some momentum going. It's just a huge boost in confidence for everyone with this Battery Extender team.

"We felt like we were stuck in a second-round slump and that's definitely over now. This is the time of year where our team gets stronger. In 2011 we won both Topeka and Englishtown (N.J.), so we'll be trying to repeat that and go for three in a row. That's definitely tough to do but I have a lot of confidence in this team that we can do it."

Massey earned his first win with DSR at the Topeka track in 2011. He now has 13 wins behind the wheel of his Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara-tuned dragster and has earned four victories in each of his previous three years under the DSR banner (2011-13).

"I like racing at Topeka," Massey, a two-time Heartland Park finalist, said. "It's a good racetrack and sees great fan support on the Memorial holiday weekend. I used to race a lot in Topeka because it wasn't too much of a haul from Dallas, so I've been going there for many years.

"It's also a track that has a special place in my heart because that's where I got my first win with DSR in 2011. We went to the finals there the year after that too, so it's really been a good track for this Battery Extender team. We just need to keep up our past success there and it's great to try and do that coming off a win."

The following are Spencer's Topeka, career and 2014 statistics:

SPENCER MASSEY, Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher Top Fuel dragster
Last event (May 18), Atlanta: Qualified No. 10, WINNER def. Doug Kalitta in final round
A year ago at Topeka: Qualified No. 5; lost in semifinals to Shawn Langdon
Career at Topeka: Wins 1 (2011); Runner-ups 1 (2012); Poles 0

Pts Events Titles Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ Win/Loss
2014 5th 7 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 11-6
CAREER 102 15 14 24 23 23 7 2 173-85
Best Time, Speed: 3.728 sec. (5-31-12, Englishtown, N.J.); 332.18 mph

driver (wins), points
1. Doug Kalitta (1), 649
2. ANTRON BROWN (3), 642
3. Steve Torrence, 503
4. Shawn Langdon, 461
5. SPENCER MASSEY (1), 454
6. Khalid alBalooshi (1), 413
8. Brittany Force, 336
9. Richie Crampton, 257
J.R. Todd, 257

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