Stan Barrett

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Stan Barrett
Born (1943-06-26) June 26, 1943 (age 75)
St. Louis, Missouri
Height5’9
Weight145 lb (66 kg)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
19 races run over 5 years
Best finish38th (1981)
First race1980 American 500 (North Carolina)
Last race1990 Banquet Frozen Foods 300 (Sears Point)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
2 races run over 1 year
Best finish116th (2008)
First race2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Last race2008 Zippo 200 at the Glen (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Stan Barrett (born June 26, 1943) is a Hollywood stuntman, stunt coordinator actor, and former Stock Car racing driver. His biggest act was however outside the movie world. On December 17, 1979, he attempted to break the land speed record, and the sound barrier in the Budweiser Rocket rocket-powered three-wheel vehicle. His calculated speed was 739.666 miles per hour, (Mach 1.01), which would have made Barrett the first man to break the sound barrier in a land vehicle. The attempt was surrounded by controversy and the speed was never officially recorded. Barrett also raced in 19 Winston Cup Series races between 1980 and 1990, posting two top ten finishes.

Land Speed Record[edit]

In an effort led by Hal Needham, another Hollywood stuntman, and sponsored by Budweiser, the Budweiser Rocket was built with the intention of being the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier. The 3-wheeler was powered by a hybrid liquid and solid-fuel rocket engine. The solid fuel booster engine came from a Sidewinder missile.

At Rogers Dry Lake on Edwards Air Force Base, the vehicle, driven by Barrett, made on December 17, 1979, an attempt to break the sound barrier. The claimed speed of 739.666 mph, equalling Mach 1.01, was never officially recorded.

NASCAR[edit]

The publicity gained from the attempt took Barrett to NASCAR. Between his movie commitments, Barrett found time to race in 19 Winston Cup Series races during the 1980s. Barrett posted two top ten finishes, running his last race in 1990. In 1999, Barrett was scheduled to run three Craftsman Truck Series races for PBH Motorsports, who had planned to field a Cup team for his son Stanton Barrett. Stan was scheduled to run at Heartland Park Topeka Watkins Glen International and Sears Point Raceway.[1]

In 2008, at age 65, he made a surprising return to stock car racing. His son Stanton, running Chevrolets in the second tier Nationwide Series, invited Stan to run beside him in the SBM Motorsports team. After an abortive attempt at Mexico City, Stan later qualified for the Montreal and WGI races. He was forced to retire in both of them.

Stuntman career[edit]

He has worked as a stuntman since the 1960s in motion pictures and television series.[2] He has been stunt doubling and stunt coordinating for many of Hollywood actors in films such as When Time Ran Out... and Smokey and the Bandit.

Family[edit]

His son David Barrett is a prolific Hollywood director and stunt coordinator/director. Son Stanton Barrett is also a Hollywood stuntman, and also a racing driver. He is the godson of Paul Newman, and the grandson of Dave McCoy and Roma McCoy, the founders of Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.[3]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 NWCC Pts
1980 Ulrich Racing 40 Chevy RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT TWS RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT CAR
11
ATL
10
ONT
13
NA -
1981 Mach 1 Racing 22 Pontiac RSD DAY
13
RCH CAR
36
ATL
16
BRI NWS DAR MAR TAL
35
NSV DOV CLT
32
TWS RSD
11
MCH
18
DAY
26
NSV POC
14
TAL
9
MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL RSD 38th 718
1982 Ulrich Racing 6 Buick DAY
31
RCH BRI ATL CAR DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT POC RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV NWS CLT MAR CAR ATL RSD 96th 70
1989 Donlavey Racing 90 Ford DAY CAR ATL RCH DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON
DNQ
POC MCH DAY
37
POC TAL
34
GLN
26
MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT NWS CAR PHO
31
ATL 61st 155
1990 Barkdoll Racing 72 Olds DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV 74th 12
Hendrick Motorsports 18 Chevy SON
17
POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1981 Mach 1 Racing Pontiac 22 13
1982 Ulrich Racing Buick 41 31
1990 Barksdoll Racing Oldsmobile DNQ

Nationwide Series[edit]

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts
2008 Stanton Barrett Motorsports 61 Chevy DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO MXC TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV
39
GLN
33
MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 116th 110

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PBH to Field Team for Stanton Barrett". Motorsport.com. January 4, 1999. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
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