Kip Stockwell Back On Track With Tenth At Adirondack, Looking Forward To Waterford Beaver Falls, N.Y. (July 29, 2006) - After a pair of races that Braintree, Vermont's Kip Stockwell would like to forget, the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch...
Kip Stockwell Back On Track With Tenth At Adirondack, Looking Forward To Waterford
Beaver Falls, N.Y. (July 29, 2006) - After a pair of races that Braintree, Vermont's Kip Stockwell would like to forget, the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series veteran posted his third top-ten finish of the season when he finished tenth in Saturday night's Edge Hotel 150 at Adirondack International Speedway. This finish allowed Stockwell to maintain the eleventh spot in the season points standings with just four races left to run.
After a crash at Lake Erie Speedway and a mechanical failure at New Hampshire International Speedway left the Stockwell Racing Team scratching their heads trying to figure out how to get back to early-season form, a weekend away from the racetrack seemed to do the trick. With more time to go over the No. 16 Chevrolet, the team showed up at Adirondack better prepared and ready to race. Fifteenth-fastest in practice, Stockwell slipped to 21st in qualifying but knew he had a car that would race well.
Riding outside the top ten for the race's first two-thirds, Stockwell's no-pit strategy put him eighth on the track for the lap 112 restart. Though he lost ground to those with fresher tires, Stockwell raced smart and avoided wrecks that happened in front of him. He was tenth for the final green-white-checker finish and finished in that position.
"I think we're back on track," he said. "We struggled in the middle of the race and went backwards. One of the biggest issues we had to deal with was that we didn't stop and put tires on. I really wanted to, but I didn't want to lose what we had. Every time we lost some, we'd gain a little. We'd get to restart on the inside and pick up spots, or they'd have a spin up front and we'd get by those guys.
"I'm really happy with this because we've had two bad races," Stockwell continued. "If it weren't for those two races we'd still be in the top ten in points. We didn't gain anything tonight, maybe a couple points on a couple guys, but it was a good run for us. It was a good, competitive run that we needed to keep everybody around us in check. I think we straightened it out a lot from Loudon, but we've got some stuff that we still need to do, and we've got a couple weeks off where we can get that stuff one."
Although there's a two-week break in the schedule before the next race, Stockwell is already looking ahead to the August 19 Busch East race at the Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut.
"Its's a racetrack just like the one I was born and brought up with, and I can't wait to get there and get some practice in," he said. "In a lot of ways I wish it was next weekend, just because it's my kind of racetrack and I can't wait to get back there. I think we're going to be real strong and I'm really pumped up since it's been a couple years since I had a good run there. We qualified well last year but we got beat up on the first lap and broke the spindle. We had a real good car but that race was taken away from us. Four or five years ago we should have won that race from way out back but I got beat on tires, and I do not plan on letting that happen again this year. It's going to be a strong race for us and I can't wait to get there."
In the meantime, there's work to be done on the No. 16, as well as a chance to get away from the race car and explore the scenic byways of central Vermont.
"We've got a couple full weekends off, and I just bought a new Harley so I'm going to get out and enjoy that. We've got a couple trips planned for the next couple weekends and it's going to be fun," he said.