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Spencer Massey NHRA Sonoma Nationals Event Recap

Red Fuel/Sandvik Coromant Top Fuel team shifts focus to Seattle for last weekend of annual NHRA Western Swing

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SONOMA, Calif. (August 2, 2015) – It isn’t for a lack of effort by Spencer Massey and the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant team but the results for their efforts just aren’t showing on paper – for now.The Red Fuel team, led by crew chiefs Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara, qualified No. 9 for Sunday’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway but was ousted in the opening round of eliminations by opponent Richie Crampton. It is the fifth consecutive first round loss for the team.After making three out of four trips down the 1,000-ft course in qualifying, Spencer was confident with their chances on Sunday.

Spencer Massey

Spencer Massey

“I felt like we had a really great car coming into race day,” Spencer said. “It just went out there and hazed the tires and Richie went on for the win. I think we showed in qualifying that we do have a good car, we’re just having some tough times on race day.”

The Red Fuel team will head to the Pacific Northwest for next weekend’s NHRA Northwest Nationals near Seattle for the third and final stop on the annual Western Swing.

“One way to overcome hard luck and is with hard work and this team is definitely putting in the hours of work to get this turned around. I’d rather take our first-round losses now rather than in the last six races.”

The six-race Countdown to the Championship playoff kicks off near Charlotte in mid-September.

“We’d really like to get back in the top-five in points before the Countdown starts and we’ve got Seattle, Brainerd and Indy left to do it so we’ll be ready. We’ll get it turned around. We just have to keep our heads up no matter how hard that is right now.”

TOP FUEL
Event winner: Antron Brown (Don Schumacher Racing)
No. 1 qualifier: Antron Brown (Don Schumacher Racing) 3.707 sec., 326.95 mph

SPENCER MASSEY, Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant
Qualifying position: No. 9
First round: Richie Crampton (3.805, 323.27) def. MASSEY (6.383, 92.29)
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.780 sec., 324.67 mph, (Session 1); 13.870, 66.31, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.861, 324.05, (Session 3); 3.820, 321.65, (Session 4)

2015 NHRA MELLO YELLO TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(Unofficial after Sonoma; 15 of 24 races; DSR drivers in CAPS)
DRIVER (WINS)                           POINTS BEHIND
1. TONY SCHUMACHER (3)          1,206       —–
2. ANTRON BROWN (4)                 1,169       -37
3. Larry Dixon                                    975       -231
4. Doug Kalitta (2)                             912       -294
5. Richie Crampton (3)                      901       -305
6. SPENCER MASSEY (1)              820        -386
7. Brittany Force                               794        -412
8. Steve Torrence (1)                       783        -423
9. J.R. Todd                                      782        -424
10. Shawn Langdon (1)                    780        -426

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 260 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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