Memphis, Tenn. (Oct. 8) - Today the DBP Enterprises Pro Stock Truck racing team made a good showing at the 13th Annual AutoZone Nationals in Memphis, Tenn. Team drivers Greg Stanfield and Bart Price applied their stellar qualifying performance to...
Memphis, Tenn. (Oct. 8) - Today the DBP Enterprises Pro Stock Truck racing team made a good showing at the 13th Annual AutoZone Nationals in Memphis, Tenn. Team drivers Greg Stanfield and Bart Price applied their stellar qualifying performance to their raceday game plan.
It started in qualifying yesterday. It was in the fourth session of qualifying that Greg Stanfield would run a 7.438 / 180.69 mph to set both a new Nationals ET and Speed record on his way to assuming the Number 1 qualifying position.
Stanfield's goal coming into this race was to break his slump. For the past four races he exited eliminations in the first round of competition. His goal for this race was to get past Round 1, and that is exactly what he did.
Stanfield met Brain Self in Round 1. Although Self had the advantage at the starting line, Stanfield would run Self down on the top end. Stanfield would run a 7.443 / 180.52 mph to Self's 7.486 / 178.02 mph.
Round 2 found Stanfield paired up against Winston Champion Bob Panella. Stanfield would have the advantage at the starting line over Panella, but would not be able to hold on to a victory. In one of the closest races of the day, Panella ran a 7.432 / 179.59 mph to Stanfield's 7.455 / 180.55 mph. The margin of victory would be .016 of a second.
"That was close," said Stanfield. "I would have like to have won, but I'm not unhappy. I accomplished one goal; I got past the first round. Hopefully that means our luck is coming around, and now all we have to do is race like I know we can.
"I am looking forward to Dallas in two weeks. I have raced there a lot in the past. I like it there and know the racetrack. I think we will be able to do well there. I've got the first round monkey off my back. In Dallas I would like to go a few more. We are going to give it our best shot."
Team owner and driver Bart Price also gave notice that the DBP Enterprises team is a force to be reckoned with. Also in the fourth session of qualifying, Price would run a career best elapsed time of 7.465 / 179.64 mph to place him in the seventh slot on the eliminations ladder.
A red light would end Price's day earlier than his teammate. Price met Jeff Gracia in Round 1. Price would run a quicker elapsed time of 7.485 / 178.90 mph to Gracia's 7.515 / 179.14 mph, but the win went to Gracia when Price left early.
Even though he lost in the first round, Price was very optimistic about the upcoming race in Dallas.
"This class is full of fast trucks and great competitors," said Price. "We showed this weekend that we can run with the best of them. Right now our luck can only change for the better. Now if I can get around that first round hurdle, and we can get past that yellow truck (referring to Bob Panella's yellow S-10) we may be able to win a race before the end of the season.
The next stop on the NHRA Drag Racing tour for the Pro Stock Trucks will be the O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 19 - 22.