Greg Stanfield has gone quicker than any driver in the history of the National Hot Rod Association's Pro Stock Truck class. Now in his second year of PST racing, Stanfield set the record for lowest elapsed time in NHRA Pro Stock Truck...
Greg Stanfield has gone quicker than any driver in the history of the National Hot Rod Association's Pro Stock Truck class.
Now in his second year of PST racing, Stanfield set the record for lowest elapsed time in NHRA Pro Stock Truck competition with a pass of 7.395 seconds during the first round of last week's NHRA event at Houston Raceway Park in Texas. Rules dictate that, in order for a record to stand, the driver must perform within one percent of the record on the next pass. Stanfield backed the record up with a second-round pass lasting just 7.396 seconds.
The native of Bossier, LA. knows how to get his truck down the track.
So what, exactly, does it take to set a record in the hotly competitive world of major league drag racing? Well, Stanfield says Goodyear tires play a huge role.
"Everything has to be in order," said Stanfield. "You need a lot of power, the clutch, gear ratio, the driver has to be right and the tires."
On his record pass, Stanfield's rear tires were Goodyear D2556s with the D-6 compound. "It fits the combination, as far as the rollout and the width," Stanfield explained.
Stanfield has raced on Goodyears through most of his career. "Consistency, that's where it's at, day in and day out," he said. "You can dial toward the tires and know what they'll do."
Stanfield and wife Cynthia have two children, Aaron and Kimberly. Greg Stanfield started racing in 1980 in the Stock Eliminator class. He won Super Stock championships in 1990, 92, 93 and 94. He nearly won the Competition Eliminator title in 1997 and now has his sights set upon winning the Pro Stock Truck title.
Stanfield races out of the DBP Enterprises shop in Bossier. He drives one of two cars campaigned by the team. The other is piloted by owner/driver Bart Price. Stanfield is currently second in the Pro Stock Truck standings after finishing fifth in 2000.
Most experienced drivers can tell you about how fast they went on a lap as soon as they climb out of the truck. Some can even tell you how fast they'll go before they get in the truck. Now in his third decade of drag racing, Stanfield said he had a feeling a record was in the offing at Houston.
"I knew (the truck) had it in it," Stanfield said. "It was just a matter of getting it out. The second round actually felt better than the first round. Our start was better at 60 feet, so that sensation may have been what I felt."