Stanfield makes Pro Stock Car debut in Houston. Former Pro Stock Truck driver to drive new Dodge Neon R/T. BAYTOWN, Texas (April 11, 2002) -- The Dodge Neon R/T contingent will grow a car stronger this weekend as Pro Stock Truck standout ...
Stanfield makes Pro Stock Car debut in Houston.
Former Pro Stock Truck driver to drive new Dodge Neon R/T.
BAYTOWN, Texas (April 11, 2002) -- The Dodge Neon R/T contingent will grow a car stronger this weekend as Pro Stock Truck standout Greg Stanfield will make his Pro Stock debut during qualifying for this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.
Stanfield, a resident of Bossier City, La., will drive a new Rick Jones-built Hemi-powered Dodge Neon R/T owned by independent Bart Price of DBR Motorsports. DBR Motorsports is building the engines, becoming the third Pro Stock team, along with Nickens Brothers Racing and Larry Morgan Racing, actively building and developing a Pro Stock Hemi engine.
"The Neon is a neat car to drive," said Stanfield, who set low elapsed time in the Pro Stock Truck category during last year's NHRA national event at Houston Raceway Park. " We're going to use this race to really get some track time in. I'm trying to get used to the Pro Stock car, and the whole team is trying to get used to the new car and engine program. It should be real interesting because this is our first Hemi engine that we've built. It may take us a few runs to get it sorted out. Give us a little time, but we'll definitely get it."
Price talked about Stanfield's abilities:
"I truly feel Greg Stanfield is one of the best young drivers currently in the NHRA," said Price, who will drive a second DBR Motorsports Dodge Neon R/T in the near future. " He's one of the few drivers who does not need a shift light to make perfect shifts. He shifts by the sound of the engine, which means he knows what the car is doing on each and every run, which is a gift not too many people have.
"We would have liked to have had more testing time prior to this weekend," Price continued." But with Greg's abilities, we're going to throw everything at it and see what happens. We're going to do a lot of learning this weekend."
Stanfield had a breakout campaign in the now declassified Pro Stock Truck category last season, making six final-round appearances and winning the 2001 Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway. The 36 year old also set top speed of the Pro Stock Truck category at National Trail Raceway in Kirkersville, Ohio and the Texas Motorplex in Ennis en route to a second-place points finish.
"It's a very welcome surprise for Mopar," said Mopar Motorsports Drag Racing Program Manager Brett Fischer. " When the Pro Stock Truck category was declassified at the end of last season, a lot of those teams had the option of stepping up to Pro Stock. Team owner Bart Price had an opportunity to move up with GM or switch over to a Mopar-powered car. After Bart and I talked a little bit about the program, and while we'd like to but can't help them with Mopar's tight budgets during these tough economic times, Bart still made the decision to switch over to Mopar and campaign an independent Pro Stock Neon R/T based solely on what he saw with the Neon's design, engineering support and power produced by the Pro Stock Hemi engine.
"I think it's not only an incredible statement about the Pro Stock Hemi engine's potential, but also the performance and overall direction the Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series program is headed," Fischer added. "Our goal is to win the championship, but we'd also like to get back to the domination of Pro Stock we had in the early 1970s and early 1990s"
Mopar Parts, the parts arm of the DaimlerChrysler Motors Corp., sponsors three professional teams and four drivers in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, including Nitro Funny Car driver Dean Skuza of Skuza Motorsports, the factory-backed Pro Stock team of Nickens Brothers Racing with drivers Darrell Alderman and Gene Wilson and the Pro Stock team of Larry Morgan Racing with driver Larry Morgan.