KENT, Wash. (Aug. 5, 2012) – For the eighth consecutive event, Spencer Massey’s FRAM/Prestone Top Fuel Dragster was fastest in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
Unfortunately, having the fastest dragster on property at Pacific Raceways outside Seattle is also what may have contributed to a second round loss for the team.
“It just got hot,” Massey said. “It got hotter than we all thought for the second round. Our DSR dragsters wanted to run fast, too fast for the heat.
“We saw a good run down the track before us and we thought the traction would’ve held what we were shooting for. Our FRAM dragster just wanted to run a little bit quicker. The car was stuck in the groove but started hazing the tires and I pedaled it but David Grubnic was already gone.”
Although the race was over early, Massey was still able to find a silver lining.
“We are still happy despite an early loss,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, we want to win, but looking at the big picture we are still number one in points.”
Massey leads DSR teammate Antron Brown by five points.
“We are going to go to the next event in Brainerd in a couple of weeks and go as many rounds as we can and hold on to the top spot. That’s where we want to be when we head to Indianapolis for Labor Day.
“Overall, our organization as a whole did very well on the Western Swing. We are pleased with this new Don Schumacher Racing dragster and being the top three teams in points. I feel very comfortable as the Countdown nears.”
Massey will begin his journey to Brainerd, Minn., on Monday with a few stops along the way to test out his new jet skis with friends.
Event winner: Steve Torrence
No. 1 qualifier: Spencer Massey, DSR, 3.837 sec., 319.60 mph
Spencer Massey, FRAM/Prestone dragster
Qualified: No. 1
First Round: MASSEY (3.824 sec., 320.51 mph) def. Ron Smith (6.834, 88.95)
Second Round: David Grubnic (3.958, 281.42) def. MASSEY (5.067, 121.90)
Session 1: 3.910 sec., 308.35 mph
Session 2: 3.837, 319.60
Session 3: 3.926, 298.01
Session 4: 3.893, 314.02
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About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., consists of seven professional NHRA teams: in Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the FRAM/Prestone dragster of Spencer Massey and the Matco Tools dragster of Antron Brown; and in Funny Car, 2011 NHRA Funny Car champion Matt Hagan in the Aaron's Dream Machine/Mopar Dodge Charger R/T, Valvoline NextGen Dodge piloted by Jack Beckman, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Service Central Dodge of Johnny Gray. DSR has won 189 NHRA national event titles and nine world championships.
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