MORRISON, Colo. – 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.
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.