Barrett at Road America in 2014
December 1, 1972 |
Bishop, California, U.S.
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|22 races run over 4 years|
|Best finish||51st (2005, 2006)|
|First race||1999 Las Vegas 400 (Las Vegas)|
|Last race||2006 Dover 400 (Dover)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|196 races run over 23 years|
|Car no., team||No. 15 (Rick Ware Racing)|
|Best finish||22nd (2005, 2008)|
|First race||1992 Food City 250 (Bristol)|
|Last race||2015 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (Texas)|
|Statistics current as of July 25, 2015.|
Stanton Thomas Barrett (born December 1, 1972 in Bishop, California) is a NASCAR driver and Hollywood stuntman. He has driven in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series, as well in the IndyCar Series.
Barrett made his NASCAR debut in the Busch Series at the 1992 Food City 250 at the age of 19, finishing 26th out of 29 cars following an accident on lap 39. He made a few limited starts with his own small team in the Busch Series for several years, finishing a career best 5th at the spring race at Atlanta in 1996 with Petro Express along with a successful finish in IMSA GT1 event at Road Atlanta finishing 4th, after running as high as 3rd with 2 laps to go and being run off course by a lapped car.
In 1999, he ran several races replacing Kerry Earnhardt in the Channellock Chevy for Darwin Oordt but left the team and replaced by Butch Miller after 15 races. He finished out the year for Steve Coulter, competing in the final three races of the season for him. 1999 was also the year he made his Winston Cup debut, at the Las Vegas 400 for Junie Donlavey, starting 42nd and finished 30th in the #90 Nestle Ford Taurus. After only qualifying for two of the several races he attempted with Donlavey that year, he joined Tri-Star Motorsports for the 2000 Daytona 500 with sportcut.com as a sponsor. He attempted the Bud Shootout qualifier for drivers who ran the fastest in 2nd-round-qualifying in 1999, but crashed, and did not make the 500. He attempted one Busch race for Jimmy Spencer and several Washington-Ervin Motorsports respectively, qualifying respectfully for Dr. Pepper. He made one Busch start for Kevin Lepage at California Speedway, than made six starts in the #91 for Jody Looney, with Pabst Blue Ribbon and Bojangles' sponsoring. He had a best finish of 20th. He took full control of the team in 2002, making twelve starts with a best finish of 20th.
In 2003, he signed with Jack Roush's Busch Series team and posted four top ten finished and lead numerous races, but sponsorship woes forced the team to close down. He returned to driving his own car, but only finished one race. In 2004, Barrett returned to Nextel Cup driving the #94 car owned by Dave Watson that Barrett managed and ran out of Barrett's shop. He failed to finish a race for the team, and also made failed attempts to qualify for Means-Jenkins Motorsports. For 2005, Barrett attempted another part-time Cup Schedule with the #92 Chevy for Front Row Motorsports. Barrett stopped running FRM's cars out of his shop, so Barrett revived his team, Stanton Barrett Motorsports, which formerly fielded his #91 AmericInn/Bojangles Chicken and Biscuits Chevys and later Fords. With cars purchased from Cal Wells #32 team, as well as the #92, his first race in the #95 was at Bristol qualifying 23rd with funding from a local Bristol sign company. The next race he got made, he did with absolutely no sponsor, he finished 42nd, due to an ill handling car at Dover where he wrecked out of turn four in the unsponsored SBM Chevy. The last race of the year he got in was the Phoenix race, which he got funding from CHEETAH Electrical Speed Systems, but blew a tire early, putting him out of the race. He started that year in the Busch Series in the #36 DCT Motorsports Chevy, was 20th in points, when he departed and signed for a one race deal with #40 car at FitzBradshaw Racing to field a car at both California and Richmond.
In 2006, Barrett attempted most of the races on the schedule, before sponsorship woes caused him to cut back on his schedule and run select Busch races. After running a limited partnership with Rick Ware Racing, Ware provided a shop and crew for Barrett's Cup team and cars, changing from #95 to #30, and fielded cars for Barrett on a limited schedule, but due to poor preparation by Ware's crew, they failed to qualify all but their first attempt in New Hampshire, where the car last ran as the #95. He also ran seven races for MacDonald Motorsports in the Busch Series, his best finish 21st in the #72 TheRaceSpace.com (Barrett's own community website for NASCAR fans) Chevrolet at Nashville Superspeedway.
In 2007, he attempted to make the Daytona 500 in the #30 with funding help proposed by Ware, but did not, and Barrett returned the Busch (now Nationwide) Series and field cars. In 2008, he attempted to race four races in the #50 NOS Energy Drink Chevrolet for his own team, Stanton Barrett Motorsports, with help from Chris Lencheski's SKI Motorsports but failed to qualify for any of them. He was also the owner of the #31 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series for his father Stan Barrett at Montreal and Kenny Hendrick for an undisclosed amount of races. The #31 will only run at events the #30 will run as well. Hendrick will drive the 31 for start-and-park events.
In 2009, he attempted to run full-time as part of new team 3G Racing, which is owned by Greg Beck and Steve Sudler, in the IndyCar Series, while continuing to run select some Nationwide and Sprint Cup races.
Stanton has performed as a stuntman in skiing, motocross and snowmobile racing. He has worked in nearly 200 motion pictures and television series and commercials . He has worked additionally in stunt doubling and stunt coordinating for many of Hollywood actors in films such as: The Dukes of Hazzard, Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3, Jurassic Park 2 and 3, Rat Race, Blade, Batman, The Nutty Professor, Volcano, Extreme Jumanji, Fastlane, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and 127 Hours.
His father, Stan Barrett who was also a Hollywood stuntman raced in 19 Winston Cup Series races between 1980 and 1990, posting two top ten finishes, along with running in the Nationwide Series in 2008. He is the godson of Paul Newman, and the grandson of Dave and Roma McCoy, the founders of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. His mother is Penny McCoy, a former World Cup alpine ski racer. At age 16, she won the bronze medal in the women's slalom at the 1966 World Championships in Portillo, Chile. His brother David Barrett is a television director and producer.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Sprint Cup Series
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Stanton Barrett.|
- Official website
- Stanton Barrett at the Internet Movie Database
- Stanton Barrett driver statistics at Racing-Reference
- Stanton Barrett owner statistics at Racing-Reference
- NOS Energy Drink - Stanton Barrett 2007 press release
- NASCAR.com article discussing Barrett & SKI Motorsports 2008 Sprint Cup plans
- Sports Illustrated article: "Stanton Barrett Risks His Life so He Can Risk His Life"