Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seeking a New Thrill; Stuntman Puts Career on Hold

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seeking a New Thrill; Stuntman Puts Career on Hold

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Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer

LAS VEGAS -- Stanton Barrett can do just about anything with a car. He can flip them, spin them, jump them, crash them and, in some cases, even blow them up on cue.

What he wants to do most is race them.

Barrett wants to be a driver on the NASCAR Busch Series so badly, he put his 15-year career as a Hollywood stuntman on hold. Even as two of his latest movie projects are enjoying successful openings, his attention is the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for tomorrow's Sam's Town 300.

"This is what I want to do," he said. "I've been working on this for 10 years. After all, I can always go back to the movie industry."

After struggling to find stable race work, Barrett landed a coveted spot driving Jack Roush's No. 60 OdoBan Ford, the same car Greg Biffle drove to a Busch Series championship a year ago.

Barrett, who began the year with one career top-five finish in 54 starts, understands the ride comes with expectations. Biffle and Burton combined to win nine of 34 races a year ago, and Mark Martin drove the same No. 60 to a Busch Series record 45 victories before retiring from the junior circuit after the 2000 season .

"I want to win bad enough. When Greg moved up [to Winston Cup], he took the rest of the team with him, so we're basically a new team," Barrett said. "We had to emphasize in all of the discussions that we've had that we have a goal and a task at hand and it might not be the same one as last year. You can get overwhelmed if you think about the success they've had in the past and get caught up trying to figure out how to deal with that instead of what makes you the best and doing the best with what people you have."

Barrett finished 19th in the rain-delayed Rockingham 200 on Monday. Although he was two laps down to race winner Jamie McMurray, he said his team, which has only two crewmen remaining from last year's championship, is moving quickly to get back up to speed. …

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