HOUSTON, Texas (Pre-race) - This weekend, March 23 - 25, the 14th Annual O'Reilly Nationals will be contested at Houston Raceway Park in Houston, Texas. The DBP Enterprises Pro Stock Truck team will arrive in Houston riding the crest of a hot...
HOUSTON, Texas (Pre-race) - This weekend, March 23 - 25, the 14th Annual O'Reilly Nationals will be contested at Houston Raceway Park in Houston, Texas. The DBP Enterprises Pro Stock Truck team will arrive in Houston riding the crest of a hot streak that they hope will push them all the way to the winners circle, and their first win of the 2001 season.
Hot off a successful outing at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., Team DBP drivers, Greg Stanfield and Bart Price, are confident that they have what it takes to win this weekends O'Reilly Nationals.
"It is pretty obvious this past weekend that we found the power we have been looking for," said Price. "It is nice to be able to make bad runs and get in the show. It sounds funny, but it's true.
"Neither one of us made a good, clean run in Gainesville, and we ended up with both trucks in the top half of the field. That is a testament not only to the Stanfield horsepower we have under the hood, but also to the caliber of this race team. We were shooting to get both trucks in the top half of the field and that is what we did. We did not get to race because of the rainout, but we raised our confidence level way up.
"With that behind us, I feel good coming into Houston. I think that in Houston we will be able to get both trucks qualified with no problem. Then on Sunday we will have to look at who is in the lane next to us, and take it round by round."
Team driver, Greg Stanfield, is also confident coming into this race. He knows that Team DBP has his Chevy S-10 running at peak performance, but is still very wary of the competition. Houston Raceway Park historically, for the Pro Stock Trucks, has been a venue that has produced National record breaking ET's. The low altitude and cool temperatures provide perfect conditions for pulling maximum horsepower out of these naturally aspirated engines.
"Houston ought to be interesting," said Stanfield. "It seems like everybody runs good in Houston. The combination of sea-level atmosphere, and cool weather conditions, always makes this a quick racetrack. I think we could see the quickest Pro Stock Truck field ever here in Houston this weekend.
"I also think in Houston the gap in the field will tighten up. There is no advantage in Houston, everyone runs well here. So, the space between number 1 and number 16 is going to be very tight. I could go as low as .050 of a second. That is going to make it tough to get in.
"Winning this race is not going to be easy either. This will be a driver's race. One little mistake at the starting line, or anywhere down track, is going to put you on the trailer. What it is going to take to win Houston is good old-fashioned racing luck.
"This team runs as good as any out there, so I think we can place both of these trucks in the field. On raceday what we need to do is race our race: one round at a time, one driver at a time. If we do that we have as good of a chance as anyone to win this race."
Qualifying at the 14th Annual O'Reilly Nationals will take place on Friday March 23 and Saturday March 24. Eliminations begin on Sunday March 25 at 11:00 AM CST.