BOOSIER CITY, La. - The curtain closed on the 2000 NHRA Drag Racing season on Nov. 12 with the finish of the Auto Club of Southern California Finals in Pomona, Calif. With the season officially over many teams and drivers have turned their attention to vacations and holiday plans.
After winning the season finale in Pomona, you would think that the DBP Enterprises Pro Stock Truck team, with driver Greg Stanfield and owner/driver Bart Price, would take some time to enjoy their success. But starting the very next day it was back to business as usual for Team DBP.
"Well, we did take one day off," said Stanfield, "we went to the awards ceremony at Universal Studios. We arrived back home on Thursday and went testing on Saturday. So technically, we did take a day off.
"We didn't want to take to much time off. At the end of the season we had just started to break out of the slump we had been in for quite a while. The last three races we had really started to come around, and we didn't want to loose the momentum that we had going.
"Performance wise we were strong all season, it was the driver that was in a slump. From Indy on, I know if I could have driven the truck right I could have won more races.
"We won the last race because all I did was think about driving. I gave away a lot of races this year on the starting line. Farron (Wooley - Crew Chief) and my brother Mike (Stanfield) took care of the truck so all I had to do was drive. That made all the difference in Pomona, and raised my confidence as a driver."
In the ultra-competitive Pro Stock Truck class, hours spent on the dyno and testing at the racetrack is essential for keeping ahead of the rest of the field. The DBP Enterprises team is no exception. After the final race of the season, Stanfield and the crew headed back to their shop in Boosier City, La., where team owner and driver Bart Price met them. Without skipping a beat the team headed to the local drag strip in Shreveport, La. to test and tune their Chevrolet S-10 trucks.
Bart Price is not only the owner of the DBP Enterprises racing team, but also is the driver of the teams second truck. Price talked about the prepareations taking place in an effort to perpare for the upcoming 2001 drag racing season.
"We are working as hard during the off-season, as we did during the season," said Price.
"Our motor program is on-going. Greg and the guys at the shop never stop looking for more horsepower. We know that we have to keep working at finding more power, because everybody we race against is doing the same thing. If we do not we will fall behind. We want to try and keep what ever edge we might have coming off of Pomona
"We are also spending a lot of time testing at the racetrack. The goal that we are working toward is to make both trucks identical. This team is trying to pull everything we can out of these trucks. With us having identical trucks, then when we try something on one truck and it works, we can set up the other truck up the same. That way we can get twice as much out of every test session.
"Greg and I also feel that the extra seat time will help keep our driving sharp. We want to avoid getting back into a driving slump and the only way to do that is with seat time."
During the 2000 season Team DBP wracked up and impressive list of statistics.
Stanfield in his second year of Pro Stock Truck racing, can boast that he qualified his Chevrolet S-10 at every race in 2000 (Winston Champion Bob Panella, Jr. is the only other driver who can make that claim). Qualified Number 1 at Memphis, won 1 race (the Auto Club of Southern California Finals in Pomona, Calif.), and went to two other final rounds (the WinterNationals and the Gatornationals). Stanfield finished fifth in the Winston Pro Stock Truck points standings. Price, in his first year as a professional driver qualified at five races.
"As the owner of this DBP Enterprises team," continued Price, "I am real pleased with how we did this year. This was our first year together as a team. Greg was a rival for the Winston Championship all year, and I learned a lot about driving. In that respect, I feel we where very successful.
"Our goal for next season is to qualify both trucks at all the races, and have Greg be a real contender for the championship. I believe that this team can achieve those goals. The Stanfields provide this team with the horsepower we need, as drivers both Greg and I have come around, and we have an excellent crew backing us up in the pits.
"We have all the pieces in place. Now if we work hard and the breaks fall our way, we can look forward to a fun and successful 2001 season."