TOPEKA, Kan. (Sunday May 27) - Greg Stanfield and Bart Price, drivers of the DBP Enterprises Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Trucks, came to the 13th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals riding the wave of consistency that they have held since the ...
TOPEKA, Kan. (Sunday May 27) - Greg Stanfield and Bart Price, drivers of the DBP Enterprises Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Trucks, came to the 13th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals riding the wave of consistency that they have held since the beginning of the season.
This weekend, in an uncharacteristic manner, the DBP Enterprises team has struggled. Not only in qualifying, but also in today's eliminations.
Stanfield enter eliminations qualified seventh. In Round 1 Stanfield was paired against Victor Cagnazzi. Stanfield ran a 7.563 / 179.02 mph to defeat Cagnazzi who ran a 7.620 / 177.60 mph.
In Round 2 Stanfield met Don Smith. Stanfield took the advantage at the starting line with a .449 light to Smith's .526, but his advantage quickly went away when the transmission broke at about half-track. Smith ran a 7.601 / 180.02 mph to Stanfield's 12.812 / 67.61 mph.
"We have struggled all weekend," said Stanfield. "In qualifying we struggled with the clutch. In four rounds of qualifying we had four different clutches in this truck. As bad as we were I thought we were pretty lucky just to qualify seventh.
"Then today we couldn't do anything right. When we broke the transmission in the second round that was just the icing on the cake.
"Really I guess you have to struggle from time to time, so you can appreciate it when you do good. After this weekend I am going to appreciate every good run I make form now on."
Price came to today's eliminations holding the 15th position on the Pro Stock Truck ladder. He was paired against Don Smith in Round 1.
Price also succumbed to the Team DBP jinx. Price took the advantage on the starting line against Smith, but the truck began to shake violently forcing Price to shut it off. Smith ran a 7.552 / 180.09 mph to defeat Price with a 10.037 / 93.81 mph.
"We had a bad weekend," said Price, "everyone has then from time to time. We struggled here this weekend, but we know what we have to do. We had some parts breakage, and set-up problems. We will fix the things we can, and try to regroup and refocus for Chicago."
The next stop for the Pro Stock Trucks is the Lucas Oil Products NHRA Nationals May 31 though June 3 in Chicago, Ill.