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Barrett hoping for Hollywood ending
It's true. The guy has stared down dynamite on a daily basis to pay for his passion. Since making his Busch Series debut 13 years ago, he has started more than 125 NASCAR races, including 11 in Nextel Cup. Over that time he has piloted cars fielded by 16 different owners, from Jack Roush and Junie Donlavey to a bunch of people you have never heard of to ... Stanton Barrett. "It is difficult to sell yourself to teams. There are hundreds of guys just hanging out in North Carolina trying to convince team owners and sponsors to take a chance on them. And when you can't find someone to do that, you sometimes have to pay for it yourself." Which is an outstanding way to go broke very, very quickly. And the only way to land more money in the stunt game is to take on the tricks that no one else has the guts to attempt. More often than not, the stuntman pay scale is based on performance. The more insane the stunt, the sweeter the payday. And the truly demented jobs come with bonus checks.
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