Goals, Spirits High For Top-15 Points Finish SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- With National City Bank sponsoring the team this week, DCT Motorsports and driver Stanton Barrett are looking to continue their momentum in the NASCAR Busch Series points ...
Goals, Spirits High For Top-15 Points Finish
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- With National City Bank sponsoring the team this week, DCT Motorsports and driver Stanton Barrett are looking to continue their momentum in the NASCAR Busch Series points standings. The series heads to the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway this week for Saturday night's Meijer 300.
Twentieth in the tight points standings, Barrett is still less than 100 points out of 13th position. A strong run with the National City Bank Chevrolet Saturday night could certainly propel him a long way in the standings. This is the first of five races National City will sponsor Barrett and DCT Motorsports this season.
"As close as the points are through the second 10, a lot of things could happen," Barrett said. "We know all we can do is run the best we can, put together the best finish we can and the points will shake out themselves."
The team's first season of running a full schedule, John McGill, who owns DCT Motorsports with his wife Nancy, and veteran champion crew chief Ricky Pearson have set solid goals for the race team.
"We finished 30th in the standings last year and ran just 25 races. We were pretty proud of that," McGill said. "Having Stanton finish in the top 15 of the drivers' standings and the race team in the top 20 of the car owners' standings are pretty good goals for us -- achievable but requiring a lot of hard work and dedication. We can reach those."
Pearson, agreeing with McGill, added another goal.
"Another goal we have is to finish in the top 10 of each race. That's what our sights are set on each and every week," Pearson said. "If we're in the top 10, then we might get into a position to win a race or two before the season is out. Run in the top 10 and you can never tell what will happen in one of these races as crazy as things can get at the end of some of them.
"Run in the top 10, and the points will take care of themselves."
Indeed, Barrett and the National City Bank Chevrolet team have been running on a per-race points level the past two months that would equal a spot in the current top 10 of the points standings.
"Consistency is important but quality consistency is the main thing," Barrett said. "A consistent 30th-place finisher isn't good but consistent solid finishes, like the ones we've been having, make you. If we can be a consistent top-20 runner, then we can work our way to a consistent top-15 runner . . . and if we can be a consistent top-15 runner, then we can be a consistent top-10 runner. That's the direction we're heading."
Said Pearson, "Momentum is nothing but attitude. And our attitude right now, from owner to driver to team, is that we can have a pretty solid second half of the season.
"We have to do that one race at a time, and we know that. Our goal right now is to give National City Bank a great ride Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway and then see where we are when the night is over."
Besides being one of the top younger drivers in the Busch Series, the 32-year-old Barrett is well known in other areas. An award-winning stunt man from Hollywood, Barrett has appeared in well over 100 movies -- including the soon-to-be-released Dukes Of Hazzard, Spiderman II and others -- 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 the McGills, 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.