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Massey Snaps Up Gatornationals Victory

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, March 15 2015

Spencer Massey topped the Top Fuel class in Gainesville on Sunday.

Spencer Massey claimed his first Top Fuel win of the season Sunday during the 46th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Ron Capps (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were class winners at the third of 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events in the season.

Massey piloted his Red Fuel dragster to a holeshot victory, winning with a performance of 3.882 seconds at 320.74 mph to defending world champ Tony Schumacher’s quicker but losing 3.873 at 313.29 in the U.S. Army dragster. It was Massey’s first win at Gainesville and 18th of his career. The victory moves Massey into a tie with Shirley Muldowney and Darrell Gwynn for 12th on the all-time wins list in Top Fuel.

“Tony has been running really strong,” said Massey, who moved to third in points with the win. “I know that he can step his game up and be deadly when he needs to on the starting line. We’ve got four new members on the team and three of four haven’t won a race. Now they’ve won the Gators.”

It was Schumacher’s second consecutive final round appearance of 2015, as he earned a victory at Phoenix in late February. With the runner-up finish he moved to third in points.

In Funny Car, Capps drove his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T to a performance of 4.115 at 311.05 to take the victory over first-time finalist John Hale. The win was Capps’ first of the season, third at this event and 44th of his career (43rd in Funny Car). The win tied him for second all-time on the Funny Car wins list. Following the victory, Capps moves to second in points behind Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan.

“When you’ve got a race car like today, you almost wait for something to go wrong,” said Capps, who last won in Brainerd last season. “I’ve driven for almost 18 years and I feel like I find myself driving the car as if I am driving something that’s just so far behind the other cars. I think that really helped me this weekend.”

Rookie driver Hale was appearing in his first career Funny Car final in only his sixth career start. Driving the ALO Drink Dodge Charger for Jim Dunn Racing, Hale defeated 16-time world champ John Force, Alexis DeJoria and Blake Alexander to reach the finals. It was JDR’s first final round appearance since Seattle 2008.

Anderson claimed his milestone 75th career victory and first in Pro Stock since Englishtown in 2012, when he clocked a 6.538 at 213.43 to defeat teammate Jason Line in an all-Summit Racing Chevy Camaro final round. Anderson’s third Gatornationals win moves him to sixth in the points standings.

“It’s a special day and weekend,” said Anderson, a four-time Pro Stock world champ who had off-season heart surgery prior to the start of the 2014 season. “It was my birthday yesterday so it’s pretty darn cool. A year ago I couldn’t even come to this race [due to the surgery]. It was a great day for Greg Anderson, KB Racing and everyone involved with us.”

Line continued an impressive start to the 2015 season with his runner-up finish. He won the season-opening event at Pomona and this final round result was his 40th career runner-up finish. Line, a two-time world champ, sits second in points.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Stoffer defeated three-time world champ Eddie Krawiec in the final with a 6.900 at 195.11 on her Suzuki Extended Protection Suzuki to claim her second victory at this event. Appearing in her first race since Indianapolis in 2013, Stoffer defeated Steve Johnson, Angie Smith, and Shawn Gann en route to the final. The win was Stoffer’s first since Denver in 2011 and her seventh overall.

“We had a lot of heart and a lot of passion,” Stoffer said. “We don’t have a big budget but we certainly have a big heart. We certainly tried to get some high performance out of it and we were able to do it. The boys worked hard, worked till about midnight each night and gave us a good bike on Sunday.”

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads to Charlotte, N.C. for the sixth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, March 27-29, at zMAX Dragway.

Final finish order (1-16) at the 46th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville. The race is the third of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

1. Spencer Massey; 2. Tony Schumacher; 3. Shawn Langdon; 4. Antron Brown; 5. Richie Crampton; 6. Brittany Force; 7. J.R. Todd; 8. Clay Millican; 9. Doug Kalitta; 10. Dave Connolly; 11. Steve Torrence; 12. Terry McMillen; 13. Chris Karamesines; 14. Leah Pritchett; 15. Morgan Lucas; 16. Larry Dixon.

FUNNY CAR:

1. Ron Capps; 2. John Hale; 3. Tim Wilkerson; 4. Blake Alexander; 5. Jack Beckman; 6. Alexis DeJoria; 7. Cruz Pedregon; 8. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 9. Tony Pedregon; 10. Courtney Force; 11. Chad Head; 12. Del Worsham; 13. Matt Hagan; 14. John Force; 15. Robert Hight; 16. Dave Richards.

PRO STOCK:

1. Greg Anderson; 2. Jason Line; 3. Rodger Brogdon; 4. Chris McGaha; 5. Shane Gray; 6. Jimmy Alund; 7. Drew Skillman; 8. Vincent Nobile; 9. Larry Morgan; 10. V. Gaines; 11. Alan Prusiensky; 12. John Gaydosh Jr; 13. Allen Johnson; 14. Erica Enders-Stevens; 15. Jonathan Gray.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

1. Karen Stoffer; 2. Eddie Krawiec; 3. LE Tonglet; 4. Shawn Gann; 5. Hector Arana; 6. Angie Smith; 7. Andrew Hines; 8. Angelle Sampey; 9. Jerry Savoie; 10. Steve Johnson; 11. Chaz Kennedy; 12. Scotty Pollacheck; 13. Jim Underdahl; 14. Hector Arana Jr; 15. Mike Berry; 16. Matt Smith.

Sunday’s final results from the 46th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville. The race is the third of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Spencer Massey, 3.882 seconds, 320.74 mph def. Tony Schumacher, 3.873 seconds, 313.29 mph.

Funny Car — Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.115, 311.05 def. John Hale, Charger, 4.208, 289.32.

Pro Stock — Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.538, 213.43 def. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.554, 212.96.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.900, 195.11 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 7.884, 122.23.

Pro Modified — Bob Rahaim, Chevy Corvette, 5.957, 243.99 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 8.965, 107.26.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Randy Meyer, 5.219, 277.37 def. Chris Demke, 5.330, 276.24.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Ulf Leanders, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.541, 261.47 def. Steve Harker, Monte Carlo, 5.626, 256.80.

Competition Eliminator — Joe Santangelo, Chevy, 7.745, 165.33 def. Al Ackerman, Dragster, 7.971, 169.42.

Super Stock — David Rampy, Camaro, 10.238, 127.57 def. Mike Crutchfield, G5, 8.930, 145.83.

Stock Eliminator — Kevin Helms, Challenger, 8.923, 149.50 def. Jeff Adkinson, Camaro, 10.427, 126.32.

Super Comp — John Labbous, Dragster, 8.888, 169.78 def. Anthony Bertozzi, Dragster, 8.870, 170.58.

Super Gas — William Clarke, Firebird, 10.321, 124.67 def. Craig Porter, Mustang, foul.

Top Sportsman — Ronnie Davis, Corvette, 6.768, 173.58 def. Jeffrey Barker, Cobalt, 6.989, 215.24.

Final round-by-round results from the 46th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, the third of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Antron Brown, 8.690, 76.90 def. Larry Dixon, broke; Clay Millican, 3.866, 312.93 def. Leah Pritchett, 7.612, 96.15; Shawn Langdon, 3.781, 318.77 def. Morgan Lucas, 10.084, 78.74; J.R. Todd, 3.795, 322.81 def. Doug Kalitta, 3.809, 321.58; Spencer Massey, 3.768, 329.02 def. Chris Karamesines, 5.421, 122.29; Tony Schumacher, 3.775, 325.45 def. Terry McMillen, 3.863, 309.98; Brittany Force, 3.792, 323.12 def. Dave Connolly, 3.856, 316.60; Richie Crampton, 3.783, 320.05 def. Steve Torrence, 3.859, 321.81;

QUARTERFINALS — Brown, 3.850, 314.90 def. Todd, 4.008, 270.48; Langdon, 3.830, 312.06 def. Crampton, 3.866, 310.13; Schumacher, 3.887, 320.13 def. Millican, 7.009, 87.61; Massey, 3.911, 299.13 def. Force, 3.926, 285.47;

SEMIFINALS — Massey, 3.858, 308.07 def. Brown, 5.182, 144.98; Schumacher, 3.838, 320.58 def. Langdon, 4.323, 241.24;

FINAL — Massey, 3.882, 320.74 def. Schumacher, 3.873, 313.29.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.088, 311.20 def. Tony Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.094, 306.26; John Hale, Dodge Charger, 4.541, 203.16 def. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 5.899, 122.27; Blake Alexander, Charger, 4.151, 303.43 def. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.689, 189.55; Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.044, 312.42 def. Dave Richards, Toyota Solara, 10.363, 79.91; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.114, 310.55 def. Chad Head, Camry, 4.126, 300.46; Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.145, 303.78 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 5.312, 241.54; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.099, 311.27 def. Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 7.619, 87.62; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.112, 312.42 def. Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.105, 315.86;

QUARTERFINALS — Wilkerson, 4.082, 311.63 def. Beckman, 4.096, 308.50; Alexander, 6.302, 128.20 def. Johnson Jr., broke; Capps, 4.130, 310.55 def. C. Pedregon, 4.728, 190.43; Hale, 4.196, 277.37 def. DeJoria, 4.509, 238.22;

SEMIFINALS — Hale, 4.203, 301.20 def. Alexander, 7.443, 93.94; Capps, 4.120, 308.71 def. Wilkerson, 4.112, 308.85;

FINAL — Capps, 4.115, 311.05 def. Hale, 4.208, 289.32.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Vincent Nobile, Chevy Camaro, 6.562, 209.95 def. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 20.384, 33.89; Jimmy Alund, Pontiac GXP, 7.032, 209.59 def. Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 13.824, 62.06; Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.580, 210.97 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 8.041, 124.76; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.533, 212.59 def. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.562, 211.49; Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.528, 212.90 def. John Gaydosh Jr, GXP, 6.728, 206.54; Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.498, 213.64 was unopposed; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.515, 213.00 def. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Avenger, 6.644, 208.97; Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.532, 212.79 def. V. Gaines, Dart, 6.588, 211.86;

QUARTERFINALS — Anderson, 6.561, 212.63 def. S. Gray, 6.567, 212.69; Brogdon, 6.542, 212.69 def. Skillman, 12.857, 67.53; Line, 6.528, 212.46 def. Alund, 6.571, 209.30; McGaha, 15.316, 54.94 def. Nobile, broke;

SEMIFINALS — Anderson, 6.560, 213.67 def. McGaha, 21.386, 37.10; Line, 6.535, 213.40 def. Brogdon, 6.540, 213.47;

FINAL — Anderson, 6.538, 213.43 def. Line, 6.554, 212.96.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE — Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.880, 195.65 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.950, 194.66; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.923, 194.74 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, foul; Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.949, 191.29 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 15.609, 43.17; Hector Arana, Buell, 6.928, 193.57 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, broke; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.874, 194.77 def. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 7.085, 187.99; Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.913, 189.26 def. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, foul; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.883, 193.96 def. Mike Berry, Buell, broke; Angie Smith, 7.070, 179.30 def. Matt Smith, broke;

QUARTERFINALS — Tonglet, 6.927, 194.52 def. Sampey, broke; Krawiec, 6.900, 196.19 def. Arana, 6.902, 195.00; Stoffer, 6.933, 196.07 def. A. Smith, 6.985, 187.91; Gann, 6.953, 192.33 def. Hines, 7.703, 130.67;

SEMIFINALS — Stoffer, 6.917, 196.62 def. Gann, 6.959, 192.58; Krawiec, 6.890, 195.11 def. Tonglet, 6.934, 194.38;

FINAL — Stoffer, 6.900, 195.11 def. Krawiec, 7.884, 122.23.

Point standings (top 10) following the 46th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, the third of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series –

Top Fuel

1. Shawn Langdon, 281; 2. Tony Schumacher, 268; 3. Spencer Massey, 250; 4. Antron Brown, 241; 5. Doug Kalitta, 184; 6. Richie Crampton, 159; 7. (tie) Larry Dixon, 140; Brittany Force, 140; 9. J.R. Todd, 139; 10. Steve Torrence, 121.

Funny Car

1. Matt Hagan, 267; 2. Ron Capps, 241; 3. Del Worsham, 213; 4. Robert Hight, 177; 5. John Hale, 173; 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., 172; 7. Alexis DeJoria, 162; 8. (tie) Courtney Force, 157; Cruz Pedregon, 157; 10. Tim Wilkerson, 145.

Pro Stock

1. Rodger Brogdon, 284; 2. Jason Line, 277; 3. Drew Skillman, 229; 4. Chris McGaha, 220; 5. Erica Enders-Stevens, 217; 6. Greg Anderson, 203; 7. Shane Gray, 166; 8. Allen Johnson, 142; 9. Larry Morgan, 121; 10. Vincent Nobile, 119.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Karen Stoffer, 115; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 98; 3. (tie) Shawn Gann, 72; LE Tonglet, 72; 5. Angelle Sampey, 66; 6. Andrew Hines, 59; 7. Hector Arana, 54; 8. Angie Smith, 51; 9. Matt Smith, 43; 10. (tie) Steve Johnson, 34. Jim Underdahl, 34.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, March 15 2015
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