Greg Stanfield at Pomona in November - Anne Proffit photoEnlarge Photo
NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Pro Stock testing is going on in Bradenton, FL while the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories work on their off-season changes at Jupiter, in the same state.
The Pro Stock contingent had some news from their initial days of work, as Richie Stevens, substituting for Allen Johnson in his Dodge Avenger turned the quickest run on on Thursday, January 19th at 6.466 seconds at 212.51 mph. The current Pro Stock NHRA record stands at 6.477 seconds, making this pass an unofficial quickest pass in class history.
Regular driver Johnson is recovering from off-season surgery to repair his right bicep and returns to action in testing February 3-5 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"We've really worked hard on the car during both test sessions this off-season," Johnson noted. "We have our car working rely good down low and it trend into a spectacular run. We learned a lot during the test this week that we will work on in the shop before we head west."
Stevens also turned in a 6.48-second pass earlier in the week in the second test session of the off-season.
From the GM camp, perennial front-runner Greg Stanfield learned his eponymous team continues to have sponsorship from Kenny Koretsky's Nitro Fish Racing and from JD Coffman Tank Trucks for the coming, 23-race Pro Stock season.
Stanfield, who was the runner-up to Greg Anderson in 2010 is campaigning a GM GXP for the first few races of the season and will son switch to the Camaro. "We'll be starting the season with our old Nitro Fish/Coffman TankTrucks GXP," Stanfield said, "but we will be switching to a new Camaro after a few races. We are really looking forward to getting the Camaro, but our GXP ran well at Pomona last year," site of the first and final races of each season.
Stanfield didn't have his 2012 season plans set in stone until just this week so he's relieved. "I get to go racing one more year," said the master engine builder. He was a finalist at both 2011 Pomona races that bookend the NHRA Full Throttle season. Stanfield won the season closer last November after beginning the season with a runner-up slot at last year's Winternationals. He ended up seventh in series points in 2011.
This will be engine builder Stanfield's 11th Pro Stock season and his third working with "Captain Chaos", as Koretsky is known. "Greg has a good team; they know how to race," Koretsky said. "I'm looking forward to the season and I'm especially pleased because crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia decided to stay with Greg and the team."