AARON STANFIELD HAS HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR 2021
The 2020 Camping World NHRA season will never be forgotten because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the craziness and uncertainty of the season, it was quite memorable for Aaron Stanfield.
The Bossier City, La., native won his first career NHRA Pro Stock national event in Houston and captured the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown season championship with five wins in six races in the Janac Brothers COPO Camaro.
For good measure, he won the Division 4 Top Dragster title in his family-owned dragster.
“I will be running in Pro Stock, Factory Stock Showdown and Top Dragster in 2021,” said Stanfield, 25. “I didn’t get to race any national events in my dragster last year, and I’m hoping I will be able to run for (a national championship) with it in 2021. I have been going after that for a while. Our goal in every class is to win every time we show up at the racetrack and try and win a championship.
“That might be far-fetched to win three championships, but that’s the goal.”
Stanfield finished seventh in the 2020 Pro Stock points standings on the strength of his Houston victory and a runner-up finish in Gainesville, Fla. He had a 10-9 elimination round record.
“The season started out a little frustrating because I was personally struggling in Pro Stock,” Stanfield said. “Starting at around Orlando (at the Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals, March 6-8) we made some pretty good changes to the car to try and make me more comfortable and that’s where things started to turn around for me a little bit. I was excited for Gainesville and then everything hit (with COVID-19).
“We have a lot of good people around us and they stuck through it and we were able to push forward, but it was different for sure.”
Stanfield does enjoy competing in the Pro Stock class with Richard Freeman’s Elite Motorsports operation.
“It’s really cool to be a part of that team,” Stanfield said. “My dad (Greg) and I have known Richard and his family for a long time. I have watched their program develop from the beginning and it is impressive what they have been able to do. They have a really good program, and it is a perfect fit for us.”
Greg was an NHRA Pro Stock driver back in the day, winning three national events and finishing a career-best second in the point standings in 2010.
“We have Stanfield Racing Engines, and we have a lot going on with that,” Aaron said. “It takes a lot of effort to take care of all of our business and he (his dad) gives me a big hand as far as that goes, keeping everything in line. On the Pro Stock side, he just helps me with my driving and whatever advice I may need.”