Greg Stanfield’s got a new look for 2013
Greg Stanfield had a challenging 2012 NHRA Pro Stock season (Anne Proffit photo)
For the most part, we didn’t get to see much of Greg Stanfield last year on the NHRA Pro Stock trail and that was a darn shame. The Bossier City, La driver was first to switch from GM’s GXP to Chevrolet Camaro chassis but barely got a chance to develop it as he dealt with engine woes and a resultant lack of speed. Even so, Stanfield managed to race to the semifinals in two races last season.
The Pro Stock championship runner-up in 2010 and winner of the 2011 Mac Tools US Nationals, NHRA’s premier Labor Day weekend event plans to run a minimum of 15 or 16 events on the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series calendar, beginning with the season starter February 14-17 on the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona dragstrip.
This year Stanfield joins the Lucas Oil family of drag racers and sports MAVTV/Lucas Oil logos on his Chevy Camaro. “We’re excited. We’re going to go out and run the first eight races of the year and see where we stand and where we are performance-wise at that point,” Stanfield said.
Greg Stanfield is one of those racers that does it all – he drives, he tunes, he builds his own engines and drives the hauler from one event to the next. Stanfield does have the assistance of venerable crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia at his disposal and is looking to increase his tally of three Pro Stock victories in 18 final rounds, as well as his career best 6.512 E.T. and top speed of 212.36.
HIs long-time backers, J.D. and Teresa Coffman “are putting some money into this effort,” Stanfield allowed, “but we’re thankful that Tom Bogner and Forrest Lucas jumped on board. I think it’s a good fit since J.D. owns a trucking company that uses Lucas Oil.
“Hopefully, with the help we’re getting we can turn the corner. We had a lot of engine failures last year that set us back. W’re starting to put it together and it feels like we’re getting things back to where they need to be to make the MAVTV Camaro run fast,” Stanfield said.
Lucas Oil’s Bogner noted, “Greg is a great racer and we’re excited to see what he can do for us,” welcoming the veteran into the Lucas Oil family. “We know he’ll do a good job of spreading the word about how Lucas Oil Products provide everything a customer will ever need. He knows first-hand the full range of benefits you get with Lucas Oil, from the lightweight oil in his race car to the heavy-duty stuff they put in the 18-wheeler that gets them to the track.”
Forrest and Charlotte Lucas have been generous with their support to NHRA drag racers and this is no exception. They’ve always chosen to work with racers who would otherwise not be able to get to the tracks, focusing on the more talented and engineering-savvy teams in the Mello Yello paddock.
This new partnership is no different; that Greg Stanfield has the talent to succeed has never been questioned, but his abilities to garner the kind of equity partnerships that build championships hasn’t always been his forte. Perhaps this marks a change in Stanfield’s fortunes?
By Anne Proffit