|SONOMA, Calif. (August 1, 2015) – There’s really nowhere to look but forward in a Top Fuel dragster and that’s exactly the direction Spencer Massey is looking at this point in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.Spencer and the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant team entered this weekend’s Sonoma NHRA Nationals, the second race of the annual three-race Western Swing that stops near Seattle next weekend, sixth in Top Fuel point standings with a goal to move into the top-five before the points are reset for the Countdown to the Championship following the U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis in September.The team also entered this weekend’s event having gone four NHRA events without earning a round win during Sunday eliminations. It is the longest first-round losing streak Spencer has endured since joining Don Schumacher Racing in 2011.
“We keep trying different things, new things,” Spencer said. “We’re trying to get ready for the Countdown and that means we’re trying to figure out what works well for us so when those six playoff races come we’re ready to get after it for the championship. Obviously it’s important for us to win races right now and move up to that top-five in points standings and we’ve got four races left to do it.”
They got off to a solid start to their goal by qualifying ninth for Sunday’s Sonoma Nationals and will race Richie Crampton in the first round. The Red Fuel/Sandvik team has raced Crampton only once this season in the second round at Topeka where Spencer lost.
Spencer’s most impressive qualifying run might have been their fourth and final effort – a 3.820-second lap at 321 mph that gave crew chiefs Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara some great data for Sunday’s eliminations.
“I’d love to give this Red Fuel crew a Wally to take home with them after these three weeks on the road and get some good momentum going for those last six races which is what really matters for us,” Spencer said. “We haven’t been performing like we’re used to lately but we’re going to be ready for it when the Countdown comes.”
SPENCER MASSEY, Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant
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.
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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.
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