Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Stanfield wins first Wally after his daughter Oakleigh was born

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Aaron Stanfield wanted to get his daughter a Wally heading into this race weekend. He made that dream come true.

His daughter Oakleigh was born once he made it back from Pomona.

Stanfield went to the final round for the second straight weekend. The Louisiana native defeated JEGS sponsored Troy Coughlin Jr. in the final round of the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

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The Janac Brothers driver went 6.526 at 210.50 mph to claim the Wally. The Delaware, Ohio native went 6.539 at 210.24 mph in the losing effort.

“All weekend we had a good hot rod, and I did just good enough every round as a driver to win,” said Stanfield, who also took over the points lead. “I can’t thank the guys at Elite enough. I don’t think you could write (the last two weeks) any better than this. There’s been a lot of emotions and a lot of great memories, and I’m just really thankful for all of it. If I can perform well on the starting line, we’ve got a car and a team that’s tough to beat.

“It’s a long season, but we’ve got a lot of big goals and we’ll see what we can do.”

Coughlin Jr. went to the final round in his first appearance at the track. He was defeated by his Elite Motorsports teammate.

In the prior events, each driver had beaten the other twice. However, this was the first time that they had faced one another in the final round.

Coughlin Jr. had the early starting line advantage. Yet, by the time the two drivers went past the Christmas tree, Stanfield was leading.

Stanfield won by 0.0121 seconds. He won by approximately four feet.

He lost to Erica Enders last weekend in the 900th Pro Stock race.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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