Memphis, Tenn. (Oct. 7) - The DBP Enterprises Pro Stock Truck racing team came to the 13th Annual AutoZone Nationals trying to break a driving slump that has been plaguing them for the last four races. They were not trying to set records or...
Memphis, Tenn. (Oct. 7) - The DBP Enterprises Pro Stock Truck racing team came to the 13th Annual AutoZone Nationals trying to break a driving slump that has been plaguing them for the last four races. They were not trying to set records or qualify Number 1, but that is exactly what they did.
It was in the fourth round of qualifying that team driver Greg Stanfield drove his truck to a remarkable 7.438 / 180.69 mph. The run would not only net Stanfield the Number 1 qualifying spot, but set both a new National ET and speed records.
"I am very excited to have the Number 1 qualifying spot," said Stanfield, "but you know I'd trade this number one for a couple of rounds on Sunday.
"I have a lot of experience on this track from when I was sportsman racing. I think that experience helped us to hit on the right combination for this track. This track can be real tricky. Between the cold weather and the narrow grove, it can be hard to figure out. I think we just hit on the right set up this weekend.
"Tomorrow we are going to just take it round by round. If I can get past this first round slump I am in, and get to the second round, then I think I will be all right tomorrow.
"I think the winner tomorrow will be the racer who is most consistent with ET and mows the tree down. As tight as this field is it could be anyone's race tomorrow. If I can do I good job driving maybe it will be my day."
Team owner and driver Bart Price also posted an outstanding performance this weekend. He piloted his S-10 to a 7.465 / 179.44 mph to place him in seventh position on the Pro Stock Truck eliminations ladder.
"I am very proud of how well this team has preformed here this weekend," said Price. "Our performance has been coming around since St. Louis, and I looks like all the hard work has paid off. Greg did a lot of work on the trucks during the break. It has made a real difference. Now we need to keep making good runs and getting down the racetrack.
"Tomorrow I want to get past the first round. Anyone can win tomorrow, and if we can get past Round 1 we will have as good of chance as anyone."
Eliminations at the 13th Annual AutoZone Nationals begin promptly at 11:00 AM EST on Sunday Oct. 8. k