BUSCH: Dover II: Stanton Barrett race report

BARRETT AND SKI MOTORSPORTS ON TRACK FOR HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL SEASON No. 30 NOS Energy Drink team captures season-best start and finish at "Monster Mile" DOVER, Del. (September 22, 2007) --Stanton Barrett and the SKI Motorsports team welcomed ...

No. 30 NOS Energy Drink team captures season-best start and finish at "Monster Mile"

DOVER, Del. (September 22, 2007) --Stanton Barrett and the SKI Motorsports team welcomed first-time primary sponsor NOS Energy Drink to the No. 30 NASCAR Busch Series team this weekend at Dover International Speedway. After a solid performance at California Speedway, the team was ready to build upon an impressive season record. Barrett did not disappoint, capturing a 15th place starting position and overcoming adversity to secure a 17th place finish in the RoadLoans.com 200. The finish was the second top-20 finish in a row for the SKI Motorsports organization which is quickly becoming one of the top-performing part-time teams in the series without affiliation to the NEXTEL Cup Series.

With 43 teams on the entry list, the NOS Energy Drink team focused on race preparation during Friday's practice sessions. During qualifying, Barrett posted a fast lap time of 23.760 seconds at a speed of 151.515 miles per hour. The effort secured a season-best start for the team of 15th for the team and the advantage of track position at "The Monster Mile."

As the field approached the green flag before an estimated crowd of 50,000 fans, crew chief Mike Dayton focused his driver for the race ahead.

"You've got a good racecar," radioed Dayton. "Stay smart out there. The stronger cars are up front and you're one of them."

The first of 13 cautions came out on lap six for an accident in turn 2 that involved Barrett. Unable to avoid the spinning car in front of him, Barrett made contact and sustained front end damage to the NOS Energy Drink Chevrolet. The pit crew members quickly readied themselves to make repairs to the racecar.

Barrett made several pit stops under the caution as the team made repairs. He returned to the race on the lead lap. Another caution on lap 10 allowed the team to continue to work on the car. After coming to pit road, Barrett restarted the race in the 35th position on the lead lap.

"Stay calm," radioed Dayton. "We've fixed it pretty good and there's a lot of race left if we need to work on it some more."

The damage did not seem to affect the handling or speed of the NOS Energy Drink machine as Barrett posted competitive laps times and began working his way through the field.

Barrett came to pit road for the team's first full pit stop of the race on lap 24 for four tires, fuel and track bar adjustments. In addition, a spring rubber was removed from the left rear spring.

The frequent cautions did not allow for long green flag runs making it difficult to race for position. When the caution flag flew once again on lap 40, Barrett was running in the 26th position. He came to pit road for fuel and adjustments only. The move gained the team a total of 13 positions. Barrett lined up in 13th place for the restart.

Barrett was able to maintain position in the top-20 as a series of cautions ensued. At the mid-point of the race, Barrett was on the lead lap in the 15th position.

The second half of the race was caution-filled and Barrett posted top-20 lap times despite the damage to NOS Energy Drink Chevrolet. He ran as high as 11th near lap 150 but came to pit road for additional repair work on lap 168. He restarted the race in 22nd place.

With just 30 laps to go, Barrett drove with determination to gain as many positions on track as possible. When the checkered flag waved, Barrett crossed the start/finish line in 17th place on the lead lap. The finish marks the second top-20 finish in a row for Barrett and the SKI Motorsports team.

To come here with a new partner and deliver against a solid crowd of entrants from the top NEXTEL Cup teams and do this well is always a very good feeling and one that every member of the team and company should be proud of," said team owner Chris Lencheski. "We out-qualified a few full time Cup drivers that are part of the Chase as well as many full season Busch teams!"

"Thanks to everyone for their hard work today and to the sponsors for their support," said Barrett. "We definitely deserve to be higher on the board than we are but everyone gave a good effort."

-credit: ski

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