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2014 NHRA: Spencer Massey Mopar Mile-High Nationals Event Recap: First Round
Posted by: newsla on Jul 21, 2014 - 07:38 AM
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2014 NHRA: Spencer Massey Mopar Mile-High Nationals Event Recap: First Round


A tough streak continued on Sunday for Spencer Massey and the Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher Top Fuel team in the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver.

 

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After qualifying 13th for the 16-car NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel field, the Battery Extender team was ousted in the first round of competition by Bob Vandergriff.

The 10,000-horsepower nitro machines struggle for precious oxygen at the facility that is situated a mile above sea level.

"That was tough," said Spencer. "We've just been struggling up here on the mountain this week. The car starts out fine but we have had trouble getting it to the finish line and that's what happened on that run."

The dragster tuned by Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara started mixing up cylinders near the top end of the 1,000-ft racetrack and lost to Vandergriff by about half a car length.

"It's hard to tell what these cars are doing up here on the mountain because they act so differently but I could tell it wasn't running on all eight (cylinders). I had to leg it to the finish line and we just came up short. I got a good jump on the starting line but the car just wasn't there."

It was the third consecutive first-round loss for the Battery Extender dragster team that has won event titles this season near Atlanta and at Topeka, Kan. The opening-round loss on Sunday dropped them one spot to sixth in points standings with four races remaining before the top-10 field is set for the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoff.

"We definitely need to go some rounds in Sonoma and Seattle to make up for our misfortunes here lately. We'll get it together and go after it in Sonoma."

TOP FUEL
Event winner: J.R. Todd (Kalitta Motorsports)
No. 1 Qualifier: Tony Schumacher (Don Schumacher Racing), 3.823 sec.*, 314.09 mph (* track record)

SPENCER MASSEY, Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher Top Fuel Dragster
Qualifying Position: No. 13
SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Bob Vandergriff (3.940, 310.84) def. MASSEY (4.026, 286.19)
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.181 sec., 217.46 mph, (Session 1); 8.106, 80.58, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.989, 306.53 (Session 3); 7.842, 81.76 (Session 4)

NHRA MELLO YELLO STANDINGS
(Unofficial after 14 of 24 events; DSR drivers in CAPS)
TOP FUEL
driver (wins) pts behind
1. Doug Kalitta (1) 1,162 ----
2. ANTRON BROWN (5) 1,137 -25
3. Shawn Langdon (1) 973 -189
4. TONY SCHUMACHER (2) 830 -332
5. Steve Torrence 814 -348
6. SPENCER MASSEY (2) 811 -351
7. Brittany Force 783 -379
8. J.R. Todd (1) 705 -457
9. Khalid alBalooshi (1) 685 -477
10. Richie Crampton (1) 678 -484

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