Top Fuel Standout Texan Spencer Massey Ready to Tackle Challenges of Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway
TOP FUEL STANDOUT TEXAN SPENCER MASSEY READY TO TACKLE CHALLENGES OF MOPAR MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS AT BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY
The drivers on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit will have to deal with racing at an elevation of more than 5,800 feet this weekend at Bandimere Speedway. They will also have to deal with warm temperatures and the rising pressure of each race with the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship looming. In other words, it’s precisely what Top Fuel standout Spencer Massey lives for.
Massey will look to make it two straight wins in Denver and three overall when he kicks off the three-week NHRA Western Swing in his 10,000-horsepower Battery Extender by Schumacher Electric dragster at the 35th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
With a strong recent track record at Denver along with a penchant for running well during the summer months, Massey is locked in heading into one of the most crucial stretches of the season.
“I like racing in the heat and I don’t think we fall off much performance-wise,” Massey said. “I love the pressure and I love when it gets close to the Countdown. I love these situations and the more pressure the better. The entire team shines in those situations and we can’t wait for Denver. I love racing there.”
Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Shawn Gann (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners of the 2013 event. The race will once again be televised on ESPN2 and marks the 14th of 24 races during the 2014 season.
It’s annually also one of the most difficult races on the NHRA circuit because of the altitude. Massey and his team, along with every other NHRA star, must overhaul everything on their vehicle in order to run well in Denver. That hasn’t been a problem in recent seasons for Massey, who also won at Bandimere Speedway in 2011 and was the No. 1 qualifier at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in 2012.
With everything that goes into running successfully at Denver, including starting to prepare weeks in advance for the altitude change, Massey knows doing well to kick off the rigorous Western Swing can be a huge boost to his team.
“The altitude makes things so much different,” Massey said. “It’s so much harder to even breathe and there’s so much time and changes you have to make for just this one race. It takes a lot out of everybody, but we have a car that performs well in these conditions. We’re out here to win and that’s what keeps everyone going. You don’t put in all that time and effort to lose.”
Massey is also ready to get back to winning after the five-race stretch that followed his back-to-back wins in Atlanta and Topeka netted just two round victories.
That dropped Massey to fifth in points after being as high as third after Topeka, but Massey remains encouraged with how his dragster has performed and is eyeing a return to the top three heading into the Countdown.
“I obviously like going in as the defending champion but the good thing is the car is running extremely well,” Massey said. “We’ve had some bad luck at recent races, but I’m very excited about how the car is running. It’s a lot more consistent and it’s going down the track. We’re excited for the Western Swing and hopefully we can get some momentum going in Denver.”
To do so, Massey, who has 16 career victories, will have to get past a talented lineup that includes the red-hot Antron Brown, who has won twice in Denver and won the most recent event in Norwalk. Other challengers include seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher, as well as points leader Doug Kalitta, reigning world champ Shawn Langdon, rising star and former Denver winner J.R. Todd, sophomore-sensation Brittany Force, Steve Torrence, Khalid alBalooshi and rookie Richie Crampton.
But when it comes to unique challenges, Massey, a Texas native, is as prepared as anyone in the class.
“It’s usually hot there and the hotter it is the better I do,” Massey said. “We have so much data from all these years and whenever you get on a roll at a certain track you try to keep that tune-up the same. The crew knows exactly how to prepare for this race.”
Pedregon will look to repeat in Funny Car, but will face multiple challenges from a star-studded field that includes current points leader Robert Hight, six-time Denver winner John Force, who won the most recent event in Norwalk, Courtney Force, two-time season winner Alexis DeJoria, Matt Hagan, Ron Capps, Del Worsham, Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Tim Wilkerson.
Team Mopar/Magneti Marelli Dodge Dart driver Allen Johnson took the Pro Stock win in Denver last year, giving him five career victories at Bandimere Speedway. His main threats include teammate and reigning champion Jeg Coughlin, points leader Erica Enders-Stevens, who is after her first win in Denver, Vincent Nobile, who is the most recent event winner, Greg Anderson, Jason Line, V Gaines, Dave Connolly, Shane Gray and Chris McGaha.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, the Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team of Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec sit first and second, respectively, in the points standings and will face strong competition from the likes of reigning world champion Matt Smith, John Hall, Hector Arana Jr., Michael Ray and Scotty Pollacheck.
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and enjoy some cherished face time and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
Fans will also want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
The event also will feature thrilling racing in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Congratulations to all of the winners of the National Dragster Challenge last Saturday. Chad Broom (Ele), Steve McDermott (Q-O/W), Jacob PItt (N/E), Warren Wright (Q-N/E), Ian Dunaway (Q-D/S) and Brandi Pitt (Str) all went home winners with a check and a shiny new Wally. Jr Dragster racers Addy Owens (JrSpt), Trent Augustyn (JrMod) and Justin Hernandez (JrQ) took home the trophies for their respective classes.
Thank you to all that came out, we will see everyone again on Saturday July 26 when the bracket season continues. Bracket season points have been updated and you can check them out by clicking here.
Texas Motorplex Bracket #9 – National Dragster Challenge Photo Gallery
July 12, 2014 – Bracket #9 – National Dragster Challenge
Coming this Weekend, Fast Friday and Bracket Racing Series Continues with the Addition of Door Slammer Class.
Fast Friday is BACK at Texas Motorplex this weekend. Fast Friday is open to anyone with a street legal vehicle wanting to race down the famous Texas Motorplex quarter-mile like a pro, ONLY $15 to race and $10 to watch. Texas Motorplex is the ONLY quarter-mile track and best racing surface open to ANYONE in the entire DFW region.
So check the oil and make sure your hot rod is registered and ready to go. Fast Friday street legal racing is back at Texas Motorplex. The track is the best environment to race legally without the threat of a speeding ticket. Want to know what legendary NHRA Funny Car champion John Force sees when he pulls his 8,000 horsepower monster to the starting line? You can at every Fast Friday event.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and the lanes will be open for racing from 7 p.m. until Midnight. Fast Friday events will be a great opportunity for year-round racers to test-and-tune their cars before big events. But ANYONE with a driver’s license and a legal vehicle can come out to see what it’s like to race down one of the most historic drag strips in the country.
Race for just $15, watch for only $10 (children 5 and under are free). Every ticket includes a pit pass. For ticket information call (972) 878-2641, (800) MOTORPLEX or visit our websitewww.texasmotorplex.com.
DOOR SLAMMER CLASS ADDED TO TEXAS MOTORPLEX BRACKET RACING SERIES FOR REMAINDER OF 2014
Weekly Payout, New Torque Converter and BTE Transmission are Top Prizes
Texas Motorplex will host a Door Slammer Class for the remainder of the 2014 Bracket Racing Series that will feature big payout and prizes for the winners.
Starting with the June 28 Motorplex Bracket race, the Door Slammer Class will have its own points series with the winner being crowned with a new transmission valued at more than $3,500 courtesy of Wendell Dunaway and BTE Transmissions. The runner-up of the series will receive a new torque converter, also thanks for BTE Transmissions, valued at more than $1,000.
The entry fee is $75 per event, with a $25 charge to sign up for points. This will be a 100 percent pay-back class, with all entry fees going back into the payout (with a minimum of eight cars to qualify the class).
“We are excited to work with BTE Transmissions and host a new category just for the door slammer competitors,” Texas Motorplex Competition Director Clint Wallace said. “I think this will be a great way to give the door slammers another category to compete in with a hefty prize for the series winner.”
The Motorplex bracket series continues June 28, followed by events on July 12, July 26, Aug. 2, and Aug. 9. Click here for more info!
Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.