Driver Profile - JUSTIN BARGER

Justin on the gas at Williams Grove Speedway
Name: Justin Barger
Birthdate: March 8, 1984
Hometown: Montrose, New York
Marital Status: Single
Family: brother- Craig, parents Chris and Michele
Occupation: Racecar driver
How did you choose your car number? It was actually my fathers racing number and I carried it over.
Chassis: Dirt-Maxim Pavement-Beast
Engine Builder: Rider Racing Engines
Crew: Chris, Pete, Bobby W, Bobby L, Kyle
Sponsors: Cortlandt Auto Body, Indy Performance Composties, Tim Thorne Auto Parts, Hoosier Tire, Wirtgen America
Favorite Track: Phoenix Intl Raceway
Divisions competed in: go karts, micro sprints, mini sprints, midgets, usac sprints and various winged Sprint car divisions
Years Racing: 13 years
Wins: Over a hundred
Championships: Whip City Speedway Mini sprint and Micro Sprint... haven't really raced a specific division for a complete year afterwords.
Regular Tracks/Series: United States Auto Club, Premier Racing Association, URC, ESS, WoO, NST
Hobbies: Relaxing, going to the gym, Fishing, outdoor activities, hanging out with friends
Favorite TV show: CSI
Favorite Music: Rock, Country
Favorite Band: Nickelback
Favorite Food: Steak, Fish
Favorite Beverage: Bud Light
Favorite Restaurant: Outback, Ruth Chris, Buca de Beppo
Favorite Driver: Tony Stewart
When and how did you get started in racing?

I started racing at the age of nine, after my father ended his career as a successful modified driver.

Who had the biggest impact on your racing career and why?

My father.. Simply because he enables me to be able to work towards my goal to become a professional racecar driver, and he is there behind me every step of the way!

What would you be doing if you weren't racing?

I would be involved in something that involves my hands... possibly construction

What is your favorite aspect of racing?

The accomplishment of victory

What is your greatest accomplishment/best memory?

My first win in a sprint car at the age of 16.

What is the worst thing that has happened to you in racing, or your worst season?

Getting involved with a dishonest engine builder in Danville Indianapolis that set me back a whole year!!!

In your own words, describe your 2006 season:

All in all we had a pretty good year.. I think we were a threat to win almost everywhere we went.. and just to be in that situation is what you work for each and everynight. We had 5 wins and it should of been a lot more than that.. We were leading some of the biggest races of the year, and if it wasnt for misfortune.. we would of had a really good year....!

What are your plans for the 2007 season?

To run as many pavement races as we can... then fill in with the dirt sprint car whenever possible.

Where do you see Sprint Car racing five years from now?

Hopefully, there will be some more cost effective ways to control the price of engines and tires.. Most likely more spec engine classes will be in place..

What is your ultimate goal?

To be a Nascar driver and own sprint car teams

Anything else you would like to add?

Just that I am very happy with the life that I live and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

Justin with his 360 sprint car