More than a quarter century after winning the last of his four world championships, Greg Stanfield appears to be well on his way to a fifth after claiming the Super Stock title at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol. Stanfield won for the 14th time in his career when he drove his Camaro past Jeff Dona in the final round. As a result, he’s got the lead in the Super Stock standings with just a handful of races remaining in the 2021 season.
Stanfield came out swinging earlier this season with three NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional wins, and he’s recently begun to pick up the pace at national events with a runner-up finish at the delayed Houston event followed by his win in Bristol in Super Stock. Driving the same ’87 Camaro that he won all four of his championships in from 1990-94, Stanfield worked his way to the final, where he stopped Dona with a strong 9.872 on his 9.87 dial. Stanfield admittedly got a couple of breaks in eliminations, but he was also solid when he needed to be, specifically his .006 light in the second round against Johnny Raikes. Stanfield hasn’t yet locked up the title, but he’s got a sizable lead with just four weeks of racing left in the season.