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Kip Stockwell Down But Not Out After Thompson Crash (Thompson, Co.. - Oct. 30, 2005) - The one thing the Stockwell Racing Team and driver Kip Stockwell did not want to see after waiting five months to run the New England Dodge Dealers 100 at ...

Kip Stockwell Down But Not Out After Thompson Crash

(Thompson, Co.. - Oct. 30, 2005) - The one thing the Stockwell Racing Team and driver Kip Stockwell did not want to see after waiting five months to run the New England Dodge Dealers 100 at Thompson International Speedway was a wreck that did serious damage to their No. 16 Sabil & Sons Chevrolet. The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series team had already made plans to attend the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in California on November 13th, and with little time to prepare for that before needing to leave, they couldn't afford to have to make big repairs.

Unfortunately, seven laps from the end of the race, Stockwell was caught up in a four-car accident that destroyed the front end of their car, leaving their entire Showdown plans in doubt.

The weekend started with very little practice time as the race was postponed many times by rain and finally added to Thompson's very busy World Series weekend. The sole 45-minute practice session was interrupted by on-track incidents and a blown engine, meaning no Busch North team got very many laps before qualifying. Stockwell had to deal with a rear differential that was still not right after repairs made to it after the previous race at Lime Rock Park, and elected to skip qualifying to rebuild the rear end. He was awarded a provisional starting spot.

While Stockwell went a lap down during the long green-flag run that made up the first half of the race, he was running good times and was happy with the car. He dodged a major bullet when twelve cars crashed on a restart, missing the wreck himself and continuing in the race. He came into the last ten laps of the race set to finish in the top twenty when two cars ahead of him tangled in turn three and while Stockwell slowed to avoid the incident, he was pushed into it from behind and hit hard with the front end.

After the race, Stockwell was distraught.

"Our dream to go to California is over," was all he could say. All the travel plans, all the extra support lined up for the Showdown seemed to go out the window on lap 93 at Thompson.

But there is no quit in the Stockwell team. They have a second car, a Pontiac Grand Prix that hasn't been on the track since September 2004. But the team is thrashing to take what they can salvage from the Thompson car and rebuild the Pontiac so they'll have something to take to California to help represent the Busch North Series in its annual showdown with the NASCAR West Series.

-www.kipstockwell.com.

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