BUSCH: Michigan: Stanton Barrett preview

Barrett Hoping To Keep Trend Alive At Michigan Top 20 last year; hoping for more Saturday SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- If Stanton Barrett can improve his finish in his third Michigan Speedway start as much as he did from his first to his second, it...

Barrett Hoping To Keep Trend Alive At Michigan
Top 20 last year; hoping for more Saturday

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- If Stanton Barrett can improve his finish in his third Michigan Speedway start as much as he did from his first to his second, it might be a big day for the #36 National City Bank Chevrolet in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race at the two-mile oval.

"That's a pretty big jump in the toughest part of the field," Barrett laughed, "but it's definitely what we are going to try to do."

Barrett finished 20th in this race last year, his second start at Michigan. The year before, he had suffered mechanical problems and finished 36th in his inaugural start.

"Michigan is the type of place I was able to get hold of in a hurry," Barrett said. "It's not a particularly difficult track to drive. Going fast isn't hard at Michigan . . . finding the fastest way possible around the track is what makes it tough."

The Michigan speedway is one of the widest in NASCAR racing, and is certainly among the very widest in regards to racing area.

"There are a lot of different ways to get around Michigan. There isn't one single racing groove that everyone uses," Barrett said. "You see all sorts of crazy lines in practice -- a guy trying to run high in one and two, then low in three and four; or high both sides; or diamonding. There is a lot of experimentation.

"Practice time is pretty crucial at Michigan, whether you are running the Cup race or the Busch race or whatever," he added. "That time is going to help you find the fastest way around the speedway."

That, and some luck, can make the difference.

"There are usually very few cautions at Michigan, mainly because the track is so wide you don't have a lot of wrecks," Barrett said. "So if you have problems, you can't count on a caution to help you out. Then again, I've seen races with a ton of cautions there. Still, you can't count on them.

"And fuel mileage is such a major, major deal. It can take a great finish and turn it into a nothing finish pretty fast," he added. "Or take a not-so-great finish turn into something pretty nice if you have fuel at the end."

Carrying National City's green and white colors on the #36 for the final time this season is something of an incentive, Barrett said.

"National City has sponsored us several times this season and it's the second year they have sponsored John and Nancy McGill and DCT Motorsports, and we all really appreciate that," Barrett said. "We feel we can give them a good day at Michigan, and would love to give them their best finish as a NASCAR sponsor."

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 Dukes Of Hazzard, which was released in theaters nationally on Aug. 5 - 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 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.

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