Ennis, Texas (Pre-race) - This weekend the DBP Enterprises Racing Team, which is based out of nearby Bossier City, La., heads to Dallas, Texas for the 15th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals. Many feel home field, or home track, advantage can give a...
Ennis, Texas (Pre-race) - This weekend the DBP Enterprises Racing Team, which is based out of nearby Bossier City, La., heads to Dallas, Texas for the 15th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals.
Many feel home field, or home track, advantage can give a team an extra edge on the competition. Whether it is familiarity of the venue, hours logged on the track, or a certain confidence level that gives the advantage is up for debate. Whatever the case, the DBP Enterprises team hopes that home track advantage will help one of their drivers, either Greg Stanfield or Bart Price, find the winner's circle at the Texas Motorplex on Sunday.
"I have raced in Dallas for the past 15 years," said Stanfield, "and have won some races along the way. Dallas is practically our home track. We have made a lot of passes down this racetrack, and I think it is fair to say that we know this racetrack as well as anyone. It is a good track, 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 team."
The DBP Enterprises team comes to Dallas fresh off a successful outing in Memphis, Tenn. The team had two goals for that race; the first was to qualify both trucks in the top half of the field, and the second was get past the first round. In Memphis, Stanfield qualified Number 1 and Price qualified Number 7: achieving their first goal. In eliminations, Stanfield advanced to the second round, while Price retired after the first round.
"I thought we ran pretty good in Memphis," said Stanfield. "We qualified both trucks in the top half, and that was not easy to do. Everyone ran fast in Memphis. It seems like when the track gets real fast, that the field closes in. It was a real tight field there and there where some good trucks that went home. We were very happy to have both trucks in the top half of the field. I think it should be about the same this weekend in Dallas. If it is, we will have our two S-10's back on top again.
"I think we could have gone farther in eliminations at Memphis. Panella got me in Round 2, but the good news is, I got to Round 2. Getting past the first round has been a problem for us. It had really been getting to me, but I think we have gotten past our first round jinx. Now that that is off our backs, we can concentrate on racing.
"In Dallas we are going to try and win rounds. We just need to race our race and not worry about everyone else. If we do that in Dallas this weekend, I think Bart and I should be able to qualify well and go some rounds."
Team owner and driver Bart Price talked about his teams' chances this weekend at the O'Reilly Fall Nationals.
"I have total confidence in Greg and the whole team," said Price. "The Stanfields are very competitive, a great family, and great racers. Greg knows how to win races, but he hasn't had any luck lately.
"I believe that we will win, but we just need to let it happen naturally. If we try to force it, the wins will not come. I really believe that we have a good chance of winning one of these last two races, as long as we do not beat ourselves.
"Performance wise we are as competitive as any team out there. We have the right combination to win races. We have just been bogged down by this first round slump we have been going through. What we need to do is just stick to our game plan and race this race one round at a time. If we can do that, we may find ourselves in the winners circle before the end of the year.
"Winning speaks for its self. Right now, we need to get some breaks; settle in and just let it happen. The wins are going to come."
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.