HOUSTON, Texas (Sunday March 25) - The excellent atmospheric conditions at the 14th Annual O'Reilly Nationals in Houston, Texas made for phenomenal ET's and mile per hour in the Pro Stock Truck class especially for Greg Stanfield. In the first...
HOUSTON, Texas (Sunday March 25) - The excellent atmospheric conditions at the 14th Annual O'Reilly Nationals in Houston, Texas made for phenomenal ET's and mile per hour in the Pro Stock Truck class especially for Greg Stanfield.
In the first round of eliminations Stanfield, driver of the DBP Enterprises Truck, drove his S-10 to a National record setting 7.395 / 182.08 mph. On that pass Stanfield defeated Joe Pigford who ran 7.499 / 179.68 mph. The run would also mark the shattering of the 7.3-second barrier.
Round 2 paired Stanfield against new comer Mike Corvo. Stanfield would once again wow the crowd by again running in the .30's. Stanfield ran a 7.396 / 182.33 mph to a red lighting Corvo who ran a 7.466 / 179.40 mph.
Round three found Stanfield paired against Winston Champion Bob Panella. Stanfield took a slight advantage on the starting line, but it would not be enough to hold off Panella. Panella ran a 7.405 / 182.40 mph to Stanfield's 7.414 / 182.28 mph. The margin of victory was .0032 of a second.
"Close but no cigar," said Stanfield of Boosier City, La. "We came up a little short on that last pass. I was out on him a little bit, but it wasn't enough. It was a close race, but I would have rather had that win light.
Stanfield talked about breaking the 7.30 barrier.
"Being first in the three is pretty cool. It is a good thing, but believe me there are more 7.30's in this truck.
"We struggled with the truck all weekend. We were having problems, and we were not really where we thought we should be.
"This morning when I got up and went outside I knew we could run in the .30's today. The weather conditions this morning were perfect: cool and dry. We changed everything on the truck when we got to the track. We figured with the conditions the way they were we had to take a chance and see what the truck could do. If it didn't work we would change everything back. It looks like it worked pretty well.
"Having the ET record is great. And I'm happy with the way we ran, but I still would have liked to have gone to the final. We will try for the final again in Las Vegas."
The next race on the Nationals Hot Rod Association's regular tour will be the 2nd Annual SummitRacing.Com Nationals April 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nev.