Kip Stockwell's Strong 2006 Season Continues At Holland (Holland, N.Y. - June 24, 2006) - After three NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series races, Kip Stockwell of Braintree, Vermont stands seventh in series points with a pair of ...
Kip Stockwell's Strong 2006 Season Continues At Holland
(Holland, N.Y. - June 24, 2006) - After three NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series races, Kip Stockwell of Braintree, Vermont stands seventh in series points with a pair of top-ten finishes. In Saturday night's 150-lap event at Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway, Stockwell finished in tenth place but had run as high as sixth in his unsponsored, family-owned No. 16 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Stockwell is also seeing his improved qualifying performances continue, with his taking the 14th place starting spot at the 3/8ths-mile high-banked oval.
"I thought maybe we'd do a little better than that," he said. "We never put on new tires until our qualifying run, and those were sticker tires. I probably could have drove it a whisker harder, but I didn't really know what to expect because they were new tires."
At the start of the race, Stockwell was quickly knocking on the door of the top ten, though he was working through handling problems at the time.
"I started with too much rear brake, and it was hurting me because we started going backwards. I knew what it was, I just couldn't figure it out, but finally on one of the restarts I cranked a couple turns of bias towards the front," he said.
Through the longest green-flag run of the race, Stockwell went from twelfth to well inside the top ten. He wound up battling, and passing, the drivers who finished one-two in the season's opening race.
"I had cleared some cars and I looked up and saw Sean Caisse, Brian Hoar, and another car in front of me," he said. "I thought they were a long ways ahead of me and I'd never catch them, but then I just started reeling them in one lap at a time. I got there and I passed all three of them but then I made the mistake of trying to go underneath a lapped car in turn three. I just about spun myself out and all three of them drove right back by me."
Before the race ended, Stockwell got back by Hoar but couldn't get back by the other two, and was listed as tenth in the unofficial results.
"We're really happy," he said. "This is the best start we've ever had. And every time we finish in the top ten we get a free tire from Goodyear. The tires from Goodyear really do help us.
"I'm so excited to go to Thompson," Stockwell continued, alluding to the series' next race at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on Thursday night. "I can't wait for the next bunch of races that are coming up. We've got such a good start and this is the best car we've had in such a long time, I can't help but look forward to going to each race."