Massey Hopes To Hit It Big In Vegas
Massey finished third a year ago and was second to Del Worsham in 2011. He led after the Vegas event that year, but Worsham won the final event in Pomona to gain the championship. Massey has learned from those important experiences and hopes he can rely on them to take the next step in finishing off his 2013 season in championship style.
“The more times you put yourself in those situations the better you will be,” Massey said. “I try not to change my approach and just win every round. Every little point counts. We want to be able to go down the track and get those bonus points. We’re watching what Shawn and the other guys are doing, but we have to stay on top of our car.
“You have to keep your head down, do what you can do and hopefully it falls your way.”
In Funny Car, 15-time world champion John Force took over the points lead after winning in Reading for his second straight victory in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang. Matt Hagan, who won the 2011 world championship, trails Force by 65 points and will be looking to make a hard charge in Vegas at the controls of his Magneti Marelli/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger.
In addition to Force and Hagan, other notables in Funny Car who are still mathematically in contention in the Countdown are defending series champ Jack Beckman, who trails Force by 126 points, ’09 champ Robert Hight who is 134 back and two-time champ Cruz Pedregon, who is in fifth place in his Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry, 150 back of the leader. Four-time series runner-up Ron Capps is also still in the conversation at 160 points behind.
Pro Stock features a classic group of former world champions battling for the top prize, with everyone chasing JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger veteran Jeg Coughlin. Mike Edwards, the 2009 champ, is in second place and is this season’s winningest driver with six victories total, while Jason Line, who drives the Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro, is currently in third but will be bringing out a new car for the event after his primary car was sidelined following a crash during a recent test session. Defending world champ Allen Johnson, who won at Vegas in the spring, is 73 points back and still very much a threat in his Team Mopar Avenger.
The battle in Pro Stock Motorcycle will showcase the brewing rivalry between 2007 world champion and points leader Matt Smith and Hector Arana Jr. Smith has a 125 point lead over Arana Jr. and could clinch the championship title if he can add 26 more points to his lead during the weekend. Arana Jr., Michael Ray, Hector Arana Sr., and defending world champ Eddie Krawiec all will be racing hard to keep the championship battle in the two-wheel category going into the season-finale at Pomona.