PBH Motorsports to field team for Barrett By Shawn A. Akers MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 4, 1998) Stanton Barrett will make a run for NASCAR Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year in 1999 while driving a partial schedule for ...
PBH Motorsports to field team for Barrett By Shawn A. Akers
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 4, 1998) Stanton Barrett will make a run for NASCAR Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year in 1999 while driving a partial schedule for Petty-Barrett-Huggins Motorsports, which plans to run at least 15 of the 34 races in the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule. Barrett, who has driven part-time in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division over the past three seasons, is part owner of the team along with North Carolina businessmen Beau Petty and Wayne Huggins. Barrett said Monday the team plans to be at Daytona International Speedway in February in an attempt to make the field for the Feb. 14 Daytona 500. The team's schedule also includes plans to run at Texas in April, Charlotte in May and Indianapolis in August. The other races, at this time, are undetermined. Barrett said the team will field a Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the Daytona 500. Beyond that, however, the team's plans are still up in the air. The team plans to announce its sponsorship package at the North Carolina Motorsports Expo in Raleigh on Saturday, Jan. 16. Barrett competed in 10 NASCAR Busch Series races in 1998 and six in 1997. His best finish this past season, while driving both Chevrolets and Fords for various teams, was eighth in the Moore's Snacks 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway while driving the NorthStar Motorsports Ford. In only his sixth career series race, Barrett posted a career-best fifth-place finish at Atlanta in 1996. In the past six years, Barrett has also competed in the IMSA sports car series and the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series. Despite his lack of NASCAR Winston Cup Series experience, Barrett said he feels he and his team are ready to take on the competition at NASCAR's highest level. "I think I've got a lot of potential and this team has got a lot of potential," Barrett said. "I've been around this sport for 10 years and I've learned a lot. We know how to build good equipment, and I think I can learn very quickly from watching these other Winston Cup teams. "I'm not saying that we're going to come in and set the world on fire, because I know we've got a lot of learning to do and the Winston Cup Series is extremely competitive. Just making the races is going to be difficult. But I think we will surprise some people if they don't think we'll eventually succeed in the series. We're going to run for rookie of the year, and hopefully we can make a good run at it." Barrett said the team plans to gain experience in 1999 in order to prepare to run a full season in the year 2000. Terry Allen, who has worked with Barrett in the past, will be the crew chief for PBH Motorsports team. Allen has also worked with the likes of the late former NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion, Alan Kulwicki. "We work really well together and I think we've got good chemistry," Barrett said of his and Allen's relationship. "One thing we've got is communication, and that's very important. We've worked together off and on since 1993, and we have the confidence in each other's ability. There's a big trust factor there." In addition to its NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule, Barrett said the team plans to run a limited schedule in the NASCAR Busch Series, from three to five events. On top of that, the team will also attempt to field two trucks in the three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series road course races -- at Heartland Park Topeka (Kan.), Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and Sears Point Raceway -- for Barrett's father, Stan, and septuagenarian actor Paul Newman. "My dad and Paul have been friends for 20-some years through the movie industry," Barrett said. "I've grown up around Paul and he's a great friend of the family. He's a racer and so is my dad, and dad has been wanting to get back out on the track. It's just something they both really want to do." Stan Barrett, the original driver for the Skoal Bandit Racing team, last competed in a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race in the early 1990s. Newman won his class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race at Daytona in 1995 -- when he was 70 years old.
Source: NASCAR Online