Thankfully for Spencer Massey he is not prophetic.
The driver of the Fram/Prestone Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing essentially predicted his 3.914-second elapsed time would get knocked off the pole Saturday at the Mile-High Nationals.
He was wrong.
No one could clock better than 3.914, thus Massey won the pole position at Bandimere Speedway.
“Obviously I was way wrong on that,” Massey said about his prediction. “(Saturday) I thought the conditions would have been a little bit better. I didn’t think it would get so hot so quick for that first qualifying session, but it did. The track was hot and everybody was kind of struggling. We only went a 4.02 the first session. At least we went down the track in the heat again.”
This was Masey’s second pole of the season and fifth of his career and first at Bandimere. Massey also won the pole at Englishtown earlier this season.
Massey, who came to the Mile-High Nationals as the season points leader, can clinch a Countdown spot by going one round further than either Bob Vandergriff Jr. or Clay Millican or by going to round three Sunday.
“That would be a huge plus to go ahead and get clinched into the Countdown,” Massey said. “Obviously, that is what we are all shooting for. Right now, our main deal is just go up and go rounds and try and get a win. If we get a win, it obviously works out for itself. We want our Fram car to go A to B and get win lights.”
The six race Countdown to the Championship begins Sept. 14-16 at Charlotte, N.C.
Massey said his DSR crew pushed his dragster to the limit on its fourth qualifying pass Saturday.
“We tried to see how far we could push it and it smoked the tires, and that’s good because I like to see how far we can get over that hump,” Massey said. “Now, we can back it up and go down the track (Sunday) hopefully and try and go some rounds. The whole key is getting round wins, getting points, having fun and trying to get a Wally.”
Massey is confident in what his team can accomplish Sunday. Massey meets Steven Chrisman is round one.
“We just need to go back to the data from our first run Saturday, the 4.02,” Massey said. “We are not going to try and push it and we are not going to try and set the world on fire. We just do not want to beat ourselves.”
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