COLUMBUS, Ohio (Pre-race) - If you ask either DBP Enterprises drivers, Greg Stanfield or Bart Price, about their last two races you may be surprised to learn that Team DBP is very unhappy with their performance as of late. On paper, it shows...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Pre-race) - If you ask either DBP Enterprises drivers, Greg Stanfield or Bart Price, about their last two races you may be surprised to learn that Team DBP is very unhappy with their performance as of late.
On paper, it shows that they both qualified well, and advanced through eliminations. Stanfield even went to the final round in Chicago. From the outside looking in they had two fairly successful outings. From within the Team DBP camp, they feel frustrated by what they consider less than stellar performance.
In an effort to turn their performance around, this professional race team used the weekend off between Chicago and Columbus to head for the test track. After a number of trips down the Shreveport Raceway the DBP Enterprises team feels confident that they have solved their problems as they head to Columbus for the running of the 37th Annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals.
"We feel good about Columbus," said team owner and driver Bart Price. "We feel like we are prepared and have done our homework coming into this race. That was not the case with Chicago and Topeka. We struggled at those two races. It may not seem like it to some one on the outside, what with Greg going to the final in Chicago, but trust me we had some real problems.
"We used the week we had off to regroup. We went testing with our goal to regain our consistency, and work the bugs out. We chose to test at the track in Shreveport because we thought it would be indicative of the conditions we will see in Columbus, St. Louis, and farther down the line in Indy. It was hot, humid, and greasy in Shreveport last weekend. Just what the doctor ordered.
"We didn't get a lot of laps down the track, but what we got was a guiding light to back where we need to be. Both trucks came back around and we are very pleased with the results of our testing. That gives us a good feeling going in to Columbus.
"I feel like, if you go into a race questioning any aspect of your racing program you are starting behind from the get go. Whether you questioning your equipment or your driving, you are starting off on the wrong foot.
"When you come into a race feel confident that you are prepared, have the best equipment available, and your driving is up to par; I think it shows. It shows in the way you approach qualifying, the way you act, and in every thing you do. Maybe it gives us a physiological advantage. An advantage over the competition; but more importantly an advantage on ourselves. It's true; if you feel like a winner, you win; and if you feel like a loser...well you know the rest.
"So I will say coming into this race in Columbus this team, Greg, myself, and everyone on it. Collectively we all feel confident, strong, and like we can win. If that is to our advantage; so be it."
Qualifying at the 37th Annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals begins on Friday June 15th and continues on Saturday June 16th. Pro Stock Truck eliminations will take place on Sunday June 17 at 11:00 AM EST.