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2014 NHRA: Spencer Massey NHRA Natioanls at Brainerd Event Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 12, 2014 - 06:39 PM
2014 NHRA: Spencer Massey NHRA Natioanls at Brainerd Event Preview

Although the race nicknamed "The Big Go" is still a couple of weeks away, Spencer Massey is approaching this weekend's 33rd annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway as if it's the big one.


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With only three round wins since the early June event in Englishtown, N.J., the Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher team is looking to make big gains with only two races remaining in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season before the six-race playoff in the Countdown to the Championship begins on Sept. 12 near Charlotte.

"It's time for us to go rounds," Spencer said. "It's been a tough couple months for this Battery Extender team. I don't think we've ever been in a slump like we are now so we need to get our season turned around and get back in the top-five in points before the Countdown starts."

Spencer, who has two event titles this season (Atlanta, Topeka) is currently sixth in Top Fuel standings, less than two rounds of winning out of the top-five.

The Battery Extender team led by crew chiefs Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara are the defending event winners of this weekend's NHRA Nationals at Brainerd.

"I'd love to get another Wally from Brainerd," he said. "But we have to focus on qualifying well and then take it one round at a time on race day. It's just really important that we get some momentum going as we are getting into the most important part of our season."

After a weekend off following the Western Swing, Spencer believes it did the team some good.

"A little time off helps everyone," he said. "I think we'll have a fresh start this weekend in Brainerd and we'll get some round wins under our belt and get our confidence back up and be ready to get after it in the Countdown."

SPENCER MASSEY, Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher Top Fuel dragster
Last event Seattle (Aug. 3): Qualified No. 7; lost in first round to Troy Buff
A year ago at Brainerd: Qualified No. 2; defeated Clay Millican in championship round
Career at Brainerd: Wins 1 (2013); Runner-ups 0; Poles 0

Pts Events Titles Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ Win/Loss
2014 6th 16 2 0 1 8 5 0 0 18-14
CAREER 111 16 14 25 26 28 7 2 180-93
Best Time, Speed: 3.728 sec. (5-31-12, Englishtown, N.J.); 332.18 mph

(Official after 16 of 24 events; DSR drivers in CAPS; * clinched spot in Countdown to the Championship)

driver (wins) points behind
1.* Doug Kalitta (2) 1,345 ----
2.* ANTRON BROWN (5) 1,269 -76
3.* Shawn Langdon (1) 1,146 -199
4. TONY SCHUMACHER (2) 999 -346
5. Steve Torrence 920 -425
6. SPENCER Massey (2) 895 -450
7. Brittany Force 856 -489
8. Khalid alBalooshi (2) 855 -490
9. Richie Crampton (1) 808 -537
10. JR Todd (1) 774 -571

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