BARNES LIKES HIS ODDS FOR KENTUCKY DERBY by Dan Butler
His Horsepower Is A Little Bit Different
This Saturday, millions will tune in to watch the excitment of the 132nd Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky.
"I guess for me, with the race being so quick (just one lap around the 1.25-mile dirt track), it would be like a green-white-checkered finish in a Late Model feature.

"I'd try to get a good jump without spinning the tires in the mud, get to the inside as quick as possible and not look back."

Would Barnes Jr. be intimidated by the 20 horse starting field on Saturday?

"20 horses?  Big deal.  I got 600 horses under my hood. They wouldn't stand a chance."
Chuck Barnes would like to be visiting "Victory Lane" in the Kentucky Derby.  This might be what it would look like.  (Dan Butler Photos)
There are some slight differences in the two forms of racing, and with a little bit of help from Barnes, here are some specs:

Horsepower: Derby Field: 20, Chuck: 600

Engine: Horse: 532g brain, Chuck: 358 c.i. motor

Transmission: Horse: 2 speed (stop & go), Chuck: 4 speed

Top Speed: Horse: 45 mph, Chuck:125 mph

Weight Avg. Horse: 1,000 lbs., Chuck’s #55: 2,800 lbs.

Fuel: Horse: Oats, Chuck: Sunoco 112 octane

Traction Horse: Custom Shoes, Chuck: Hoosiers 45's

Avg. Race Length Horse: 2 minutes, Chuck: 2 hours
But for those who follow auto racing and aren't accustomed to the horse racing lingo, Speed51.com called upon 2004 CRA Super Series Champ and Louisville-native Chuck Barnes Jr. for a little help.

Barnes wanted to make sure that everyone knew up front that he wasn't a horse racing "expert," but since his Super Late Model had lots of "horse"power and he is usually fast right out of the "trailer," he'd fill us in on what he knows.

"I don't know how you qualify for one of these races," said Barnes Jr., "but I think if I could keep my windshield clean of all of the mud, I would be sitting on the pole, or inside rail or whatever."
Barnes said if his #55 SLM can get to the bottom, he's got a good shot at the Derby win.
A look at the starting lineup, and of course, the odds, shows 20 pre-entries.

With the specs of Chuck's car, and his experience and proven track record, Derby officials have no choice but to put Chuck as the odds-on favorite at 2-1.

Not being ones to turn down a sure bet, Speed51 pulled a few strings and got Chuck entered into Saturday's race since he wasn't doing anything anyway. So now, on Saturday, when horse racing fans all over the country set their eyes on the track, auto racing fans will have a reason to watch. Look for Chuck in the entry named "Left Turns Only."

"As long as Mike Rowe doesn't show up at the last minute, I'm pretty sure I can bring home the win," said Barnes.

132nd Kentucky Derby Lineup
1 Jazil McLaughlin/Jara 30-1
2 Steppenwolfer Pietz/Albarado 30-1
3 Keyed Entry Pletcher/P.Valenzuela 30-1
4 Sinister Minister Baffert/Espinoza 12-1
5 Point Determined Baffert/Bejarano 12-1
6 Showing Up Tagg/Velasquez 20-1
7 Bob and John Baffert/Gomez 10-1
8 Barbaro Matz/Prado 4-1
9 Sharp Humor Romans/Guidry 20-1
10 A.P. Warrior Shirreffs/Nakatani 15-1
11 Sweetnorthernsaint Trombetta/Desormeaux 10-1
12 Private Vow Asmussen/Bridgmohan 50-1
13 Bluegrass Cat Pletcher/Dominguez 30-1
14 Deputy Glitters Albertrani/Lezcano 50-1
15 Seaside Retreat Casse/Husbands 50-1
16 Cause to Believe Hollendorfer/Baze 50-1
17 Lawyer Ron Holthus/McKee 4-1
18 Brother Derek Hendriks/Solis 3-1
19 Storm Treasure Asmussen/Flores 50-1
20 Flashy Bull McLaughlin/Smith 50-1
55 Left Turns Only/Barnes Jr. 2-1