Some Drivers Dread Watkins Glen -- Not Barrett DCT Motorsports driver picking up where he left off at last road course race SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- While most NASCAR Busch Series drivers are looking at this weekend's race at the Watkins Glen ...
Some Drivers Dread Watkins Glen -- Not Barrett
DCT Motorsports driver picking up where he left off at last road course race
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- While most NASCAR Busch Series drivers are looking at this weekend's race at the Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International road course with dread, Stanton Barrett is walking around with a smile on this face.
Not only did he enjoy one of his strongest runs of the season in the #36 DCT Motorsports Chevrolet at Mexico City in the series' other road course race, Barrett is known as one of the better road course racers in Busch racing.
"From a driver's standpoint, success at any race track starts with your attitude towards it. I know a lot of stock car drivers, and a lot of Busch Series drivers, would much rather run ovals and they hate the thought of a road course," Barrett said. "Hey, that works for me because I love them, so I figure I have a leg up on some from the very beginning.
"If I had to choose how many road courses we have in our Busch Series schedule, I might make the whole season road courses instead of ovals because I have a lot of fun with them. I like road racing because it's a different style of racing and it seems more aggressive," he added.
Barrett showed that at Mexico. He led part of the race and seemed headed towards a sure top-five finish before being knocked off course by Kevin Harvick. The relegated Barrett to a 19th-place finish.
"We had a good car in Mexico, and we had good pit strategy and I guess I think I'm a pretty good road racer," he said. "I don't know if we were going to win in Mexico - it's hard to say that, but I'm sure if we didn't get bumped, we would've finished better than we did."
That makes him feel pretty good as the DCT Motorsports team heads to Watkins Glen.
"All that's on my mind going into the race at Watkins Glen is trying to win a race. I haven't run at the Glen in a Busch car, but I'm confident we'll be as strong as we were in Mexico. I really like the road courses, so I'll be happy when we get to New York," he said.
Nineteenth in the NASCAR Busch Series standings, Barrett is just over 100 points out of the top 15. A good finish in the Watkins Glen event could go a long way in propelling him further towards the top of the standings.
Barrett is also celebrating Friday marking the first full week following the release of his latest movie. Aug. 5. He is the major stunt force in Dukes Of Hazzard. The movie is considered one of the top releases of the summer, and is one of hundreds in which Barrett has appeared, as well as hundreds of television shows and commercials. Barrett, who is also running some NASCAR Nextel Cup Series events again this season, has been driving since he was 16 years old, and has competed on the highest levels of NASCAR racing. He is a native of Bishop, Calif.
DCT Motorsports is owned by John and Nancy McGill, the only Cleveland, Ohio, residents to have owned a team full time in any of NASCAR's top three series. McGill has developed sponsorship packages that could incorporate the full remainder of the season or blocks of races. Utilizing his own business and marketing acumen, he brings creative and fresh approaches not just to team sponsorship itself but areas such as hospitality, cross-promotions and business-to-business possibilities.