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Spencer Massey NHRA Sonoma Nationals Event Preview

Massey ready to break streak of bad luck with Red Fuel team this weekend at Sonoma Nationals, stop two of Western Swing

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BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 28, 2015) – Spencer Massey is in a familiar position but it’s not necessarily one in which he’s comfortable.During the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Spencer and the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant team entered the NHRA event at Sonoma Raceway having gone three races without a round win.This season, it has been four races since Spencer has seen the win light come on in his lane on Sunday. But he knows that’s about to change.

Spencer Massey

Spencer Massey

“Last year we broke our round-loss streak at Sonoma and we’re going to do it again this year,” Spencer said.

“This season has been pretty similar to last year, but I actually think we have a better running car right now than what you’re seeing on paper. We’ve just had some bad luck these past few races. We were so close to getting that win light in Denver so that one kind of stings a little bit.”

Luckily Spencer won’t have to wait long for another shot with this weekend’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals, the second race of NHRA’s annual three-race Western Swing that will move on to near Seattle next weekend.

“The good thing about the Western Swing is there’s no down time and we don’t have to wait long to get back after it,” he said. “It’s a challenge, there’s no doubt about that but what this team needs right now is some momentum and when you have two races in a row that’s the best way to get some.”

Spencer holds the Sonoma Raceway track speed record of 328.62 mph set in July of 2012 where they went on to runner-up at the event.

“Right now our goal is to qualify strong and just take it one round at a time on race day and turn on some win lights. I know that we’ll get win lights soon. We have a great team with Phil (Shuler), Todd (Okuhara) and our crew. We just can’t let ourselves get down about our luck lately.

“I’m excited for this weekend. It’s a great facility, an awesome race track and I can’t wait to get back in this Red Fuel dragster.”

SPENCER MASSEY, Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant
Last event: Denver, (July 26, 2015): Qualified No. 6; lost in first round to Shawn Langdon
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 13; lost in quarterfinals to Richie Crampton
Career at Sonoma: Wins 0; Runner-ups 1 (2012); Poles 0

Pts Events Wins Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ    W/L
2015  6th      14         1      0       4       3       6        1        0      15-13
CAREER     134        18    14     31     31     37       8       2     205-113

Best Time, Speed: 3.728 sec. (2012, Englishtown, N.J.); 332.18 mph, (2015, Pomona; 2012, Charlotte 1)

2015 NHRA MELLO YELLO TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(Official after Denver; 14 of 24 races; DSR drivers in CAPS)
DRIVER (WINS)                           POINTS BEHIND
1. TONY SCHUMACHER (3)         1,126       —–
2. ANTRON BROWN (3)                1,041       -85
3. Larry Dixon                                   920      -205
4. Doug Kalitta (2)                             880     -246
5. Richie Crampton (3)                      848     -278
6. SPENCER MASSEY (1)               788     -338
7. Brittany Force                                762     -364
8. Shawn Langdon (1)                       748     -378
9. Steve Torrence (1)                        728     -398
10. J.R. Todd                                     703     -423

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.

ABOUT SANDVIK COROMANT

Sandvik Coromant is a global leading supplier of cutting tools, tooling solutions and know-how to the metalworking industry. With extensive investments in research and development we create unique innovations and set new productivity standards together with our customers. These include the world’s major automotive, aerospace and energy industries. Sandvik Coromant has over 8,000 employees and is represented in 130 countries.
Visit sandvik.coromant.com for more information.

About Don Schumacher Racing

     Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Matco Tools dragster driven by Antron Brown and the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher dragster driven by Spencer Massey; and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 258 NHRA national event titles and 13 world championships.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing

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