Ennis, Texas (Pre Race) - Every October Dallas area race fans are treated to exceptional drag racing at the Texas Motorplex. The mild fall weather conditions and a first class racetrack have historically produced low ET's and fast speeds. This...
Ennis, Texas (Pre Race) - Every October Dallas area race fans are treated to exceptional drag racing at the Texas Motorplex. The mild fall weather conditions and a first class racetrack have historically produced low ET's and fast speeds.
This weekend the Pro Stock Trucks will take to the asphalt at the Texas Motorplex, in Dallas, Texas for the running of the 15th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals. When racing get under way it is guaranteed that Texas drag race fans will be witness to some of the quickest and fastest Pro Stock Truck racing in history.
The Pro Stock Trucks come to Dallas hot off a phenomenal race in Memphis. In Memphis all records within the class where broken: National ET record, National Speed record, quickest field in history, lowest bump spot in history, and quickest side by side race.
Although, the cool, almost cold, weather conditions where sighted by many as the predominant factor for the low ET's of that meet; there are many competitors within the class that feel the trucks have been progressively becoming quicker in the last half of the season.
"It seems like when the track gets real fast the field closes in," said Greg Stanfield, driver of the DBP Enterprises Chevrolet S-10, and current holder of the National Speed record of 180.69 mph. "It was a real tight field in Memphis, and it should be about the same in Dallas. At the last race, a lot of good racers got sent home. Guys like (John) Lingenfelter, (David) Spitzer, and (Rob) Slavinski, who can get jump up at any time and run good, did not qualify. You cannot ignore them or anyone else in this class. I think it is going to be just as tough to get in the show here in Dallas as it was in Memphis.
"I have raced in Dallas for the past 15 years, and have won some races along the way. I think it is fair to say that we know this racetrack pretty well. It is a good racetrack, but it has a narrow grove. If your not used to it, it can be pretty tricky to drive. With the experience and the data we have on this track, it should translate into a good weekend for this DBP Enterprises team."
With the season finale, fast approaching positioning in the points standings is on the minds of many. Many hours are being spent by teams calculating points and formulating strategies to make or keep a top ten birth and a piece of the year end prize money.
Memphis also saw a new face in the winner's circle. Mike Coughlin, driver of the Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet S-10, defeated Steve Johns, driver of the Castrol Super Clean Chevy S-10, in the final round. His win in Memphis moved him from eighth in the Winston Pro Stock Truck points standings to sixth.
"Our goal of having both of the Jeg's Mail Order Chevy S-10's finishing in the top five is within reach," said Mike Coughlin. "Our entire group is dedicated to this goal and we will give it everything that we have to accomplish it. The momentum is on our side and that is always a big plus, especially with only two races left in the season."
Mark Whisnant, driver of the RW Performance Chevrolet S-10, talked about the points chase and his teams plan coming into the O'Reilly Fall Nationals.
"The top spots in the points are pretty much sewed up," said Whisnant. "It is going to be from about seventh to tenth that is really going to be a dog fight. If anyone in the seventh through twelfth or thirteenth in the points makes a mistake in these last two races, they could end up finishing outside the top ten.
"Right now our goal is the same as we have had for the last couple races; to get into the top ten in points by the end of the season. We need to qualify well and go some rounds on Sunday to do that.
"Here in Dallas we will be concentrating on gaining points and not slipping. We are doing everything in our power to not make any mistakes. We gained points on the number ten spot in Memphis. We are going to try to do the same here in Dallas this weekend."
Qualifying at the 15th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Ennis, Texas gets under way on Friday Oct. 20, and continues on Saturday Oct. 21. Eliminations will take place on Sunday Oct. 22 at 11:00 AM CST.