NHRA: Don Schumacher Racing releases Spencer Massey effective immediately

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Don Schumacher Racing has released Spencer Massey from his contract with the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series Top Fuel team, effective immediately.

The team released a statement Friday afternoon confirming the news.

It reads as follows:

Effective immediately, Spencer Massey has been released from Don Schumacher Racing as driver of the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

“Spencer is no longer with DSR,” team owner Don Schumacher said Friday evening.

“He violated a DSR policy and would not correct the violation. I feel badly for members of the team because they will not be able to compete for a world championship or next weekend’s Traxxas Shootout title.”

There will be no further comment from DSR regarding this decision or the future of the team.

The move comes as a significant blow to Massey’s hopes of making the Countdown to the Championship. Entering next week’s U.S. Nationals, Massey ranked 10th in the Top Fuel standings, 124 points ahead of Clay Millican in 11th, and 134 ahead of Dave Connolly in 12th.

Millican is reeling from the loss of his 22-year-old son, Dalton, earlier this month.