POCONO, Pa. - Stanton Barrett looks like he just fell out of "Days of Thunder". His Hollywood good looks and laid back "aw-shucks ma'am" attitude have made him a popular driver in the Busch circuit. His popularity hasn't, however, grown out of any...
POCONO, Pa. - Stanton Barrett looks like he just fell out of "Days of Thunder". His Hollywood good looks and laid back "aw-shucks ma'am" attitude have made him a popular driver in the Busch circuit. His popularity hasn't, however, grown out of any real success or showmanship of his driving abilities. Barrett took over driving duties for 2002 Busch series champion Greg Biffle's No. 60 Ford at Roush Racing; but has garnered limited success.
After fourteen events, Barrett has only three top-ten finishes, compared with six finishes of 20th or worse. Currently, he sits 16th in series rankings, disappointing for the championship race team.
Rumors have swirled lately that Barrett is about to get bounced from the Roush Racing stable of drivers.
Barrett was a marketing windfall for Roush, a perfect combination of elements: when not racing, he's performing stunts in movies. Barrett won a World Stunt Award for his underwater work in "Jurassic Park III'' and was a stunt double for James Franco in "Spider- Man". Other notable works include "Murder by Numbers,'' "Blade,'' "The Patriot'' and "Batman".
As the son of a famous Hollywood stuntman and occasional stock car driver, Stanton got into racing early. While stunt work paid the bills for many years, it was Barrett's dream to some day drive in NASCAR's second most popular circuit, the Busch Series.
"This is something that I have worked so hard for and something that I have given everything I know how to give to achieve," Barrett said. "The nights I have spent on planes going from one job to another, those days and nights that were spent on the movie set earning enough money so I could race, then working endlessly at night on proposals . all of that is paying off. My goal all along was to get recognition for what I could do as a race-car driver."
It was a plot from a blockbuster film, when Jack Roush offered Barrett the chance to drive the championship No.60 car this season. But, the rigors of a full time schedule and the adjustment to life on the road has been difficult for the 30-year-old California native.
Contrary to reports, Barrett will run the No. 60 Ford at Nashville this weekend, team spokespeople; however, will not confirm this future beyond this weekend's events.
"This is a new weekend, a new race and it's going to take a lot of work to get the car as good as it was the last time we were at Nashville," said Barrett. "We have some good notes for Nashville, obviously, because we did run so well there the last time. Those green and yellow OdoBan colors looked pretty good running at the front and we want to do that again.
"We're pretty pumped up about getting back to Nashville, picking up where we left off and hopefully improving upon our performance. We're not going in there with any more confidence than we have at any other track. You always have to be confident in yourself and in your guys no matter where you go, and it's still a new weekend and what you did last time doesn't matter. But, it's nice knowing that you can run well there."