BROWNSBURG, Ind. (August 18, 2015) – No one is more ready to get to this weekend’s NHRA Nationals at Brainerd, Minn., than Top Fuel pilot Spencer Massey.
After three consecutive weeks of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition, the series took last weekend off before returning to action Friday. Spencer is ready to return to Minnesota for many reasons. The biggest – win lights.
In the toughest stretch of his young Top Fuel career, the driver of the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant dragster hasn’t seen a win light come on in his lane during Sunday eliminations since the June event in Epping, N.H.
He expects that all to change this weekend in Brainerd, where the team took home the Wally trophy in 2013.
“I can’t wait to get to Brainerd,” Spencer said. “I can’t wait to get back in this Red Fuel dragster and go after some round wins on Sunday. It’s been awhile since we went rounds on Sunday but the car is running pretty well lately, we just haven’t had the luck on Sundays.
“This weekend we’ll focus on four strong qualifying sessions and I know that Todd (Okuhara) and Phil (Shuler) will have a game plan for race day. The team has done a really good job staying positive these past few weeks when things haven’t been going our way.”
This weekend is the penultimate event of the 16-race Mello Yello season with only the prestigious U.S. Nationals over Labor Day Weekend near Indianapolis left before the fields of top-10 are determined to compete for NHRA world championships in the six-race Countdown to the Championship.
“The Countdown is right around the corner and with Indy having extra points, anything can happen. We want to jump up a couple spots in the points standings so that way when the Countdown kicks off at Charlotte we’re not too far behind our teammates who are in first and second.”
The U.S. Nationals will feature points-and-a-half where round wins will be worth 30 points and the winner will be awarded 150 points.
“I have all the confidence in this team and with our support from everyone at Don Schumacher Racing that we can turn our luck around this weekend in Brainerd. We’ve won there before and we can do it again.”
DSR OPEN HOUSE FOR RILEY KIDS
The 10th annual DSR Open House to benefit Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and Camp Riley will take place Sept. 4 (Friday) at Don Schumacher Racing near Indianapolis.
Over the past 10 years, DSR with its friends, fans and family have raised over $300,000 for Riley Kids.
All seven DSR drivers and owner Don Schumacher will attend to sign autographs for an hour of the free, festive event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Open House features a giant car and bike show, “cackle fest,” silent auction, various displays and contests.
DSR is located at 1681 E. Northfield Drive in Brownsburg, Ind., a couple miles from Lucas Oil Raceway Park where the four-day NHRA U.S. Nationals opens a few hours after the DSR Open House concludes.
SPENCER MASSEY, Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant
Last event: Seattle (Aug. 7-9, 2015): Qualified No. 7; lost in first round to Steve Torrence
A year ago at Brainerd: Qualified No. 7; lost in quarterfinals to Doug Kalitta
Career at Brainerd: Wins 1 (2013); Runner-ups 0; Poles 0
Pts Events Wins Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ W/L
2015 8th 16 1 0 4 3 8 1 0 15-15
CAREER 136 18 14 31 31 39 8 2 205-115
Best Time, Speed: 3.728 sec. (2012, Englishtown, N.J.); 332.18 mph, (2015, Pomona; 2012, Charlotte 1)
2015 NHRA MELLO YELLO CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(Official after Seattle; 16 of 24 races; DSR drivers in CAPS)
DRIVER (WINS) POINTS BEHIND
1. TONY SCHUMACHER (3) 1,289 ——–
2. ANTRON BROWN (4) 1,202 -87
3. Larry Dixon 1,034 -255
5. Doug Kalitta (2) 944 -345
6. JR Todd (1) 896 -393
7. Shawn Langdon (1) 872 -417
8. SPENCER MASSEY (1) 855 -434
9. Brittany Force 851 -438
10. Steve Torrence (1) 835 -454
About Schumacher Electric Corporation
Schumacher Electric Corporation employs about 2,000 worldwide and is the world’s foremost manufacturer of battery chargers. It also engages in designing and producing custom transformers for the electronics industry and its product lines include electronic assemblies, custom-built transformers, welders, specialty assemblies, toroidal products, linear power transformers, high frequency magnetics, and welding accessories.
The company, which is headquartered in Mt. Prospect, Ill., has facilities in Matamoros, Mexico, and Wujiang, China.
In 1974, Don Schumacher, who owns Don Schumacher Racing, began running the company that was founded in 1947 by his father, Al Schumacher, and Otto Woodward in Chicago.
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