If anything else, veteran NHRA Pro Stock driver Greg Stanfield has learned to deal with adversity this season.
Stanfield has only entered 10 of this year's 14 national events, failing to qualifying in one event and not attending four – his last race was at Norwalk (Ohio) on July 8.
Stanfield, who is 15th in the season points, teamed up with Richard Freeman to run Freeman’s motors at Chicago and Norwalk.
Freeman, however, recently sold his Elite Motorsports equipment to Steve Kent Racing.
“This is part of it and you just have to deal with it,” Stanfield said about his tough season.
Despite his plight, Stanfield plans on returning to the track at the U.S. Nationals Aug. 29-Sept. 3 in Indianapolis. Beyond Indy, Stanfield also is planning to compete in the season’s final six races.
“We have been working real hard since we stopped running,” Stanfield said. “We are just trying to find power. The car is pretty happy and we ran really well with Richard’s stuff in it. We are just trying to find some horsepower so we can get qualified. I think we are going to be OK.”
Stanfield said he is going to do a three-day test session in his Camaro prior to Indy, but he is unsure where the test will be.
“We are going to use that test session to see where we are at,” Stanfield said.
Stanfield also admitted he also doesn’t have any definite 2013 plans.
“I do not have anything yet and we are looking at our options,” Stanfield said about next season. “Our goal right now is to get the motors back and see where we stack up in the field and see where we go from there.”
Stanfield’s best performances this season came at Phoenix and Las Vegas when he made it to the semifinals.
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