Seventeenth At Dover, Kip Stockwell Looks Forward To Lime Rock Park Dover, Del. (Sept. 22, 2006) - While Dover International Speedway and New Hampshire International Speedway are both one-mile tracks that host the NASCAR Grand National Division,...
Seventeenth At Dover, Kip Stockwell Looks Forward To Lime Rock Park
Dover, Del. (Sept. 22, 2006) - While Dover International Speedway and New Hampshire International Speedway are both one-mile tracks that host the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series, the two tracks couldn't be less similar. NHIS is flat and paved with asphalt, while Dover is banked at 24 degrees and its surface is concrete. For Kip Stockwell, the difference meant his No. 16 Sabil & Sons/Randolph National Bank Chevrolet, which "drove like a dream" at NHIS, was a nervous handful at Dover. Stockwell, from Braintree, Vermont, finished the Dover race in the seventeenth position.
Following two hours of practice on Thursday, Stockwell returned on Friday morning to qualify but was not fast enough to get into the starting lineup on time. Thanks to his eleventh-place position in the series points, though, he made the race with a provisional starting spot.
"The car's better than I am at this point," he said. "My biggest issue here is that this is our only car, and if you make a mistake here you can really tear a car up here. We have another car at home but it's not ready to go anywhere, and I want to race next week at Lime Rock. I'm happy to be here, I love to race here, it's fun, but our car is not set up to race here. I don't really know how to put a setup under a car to run here. We get a lot of tips and pointers for what to run, but we don't really know and I don't really know what it's supposed to feel like."
Knowing what he had, Stockwell put in laps at Dover, giving plenty of racing room to faster cars on his way to finishing seventeenth without putting a mark on the car. He put in the trailer breathing a sigh of relief.
"I've never driven anything so miserable in my life," he said. "And I swear every time we come here it's that way. This track is so different from anywhere else we race at. I lost the car two or three times and it went right up the hill. It just turned right on me. I don't know if it's the suspension geometry or what, but we worked on the front end all weekend and we just never got it to drive decent. You can't drive it fast when it's wiggling all over the place."
Stockwell is glad to put Dover behind him, maintaining his eleventh place in points, and is looking forward to finishing the East Series season on a high note at the road course at Lime Rock Park.
"We lost the clutch halfway through the race so we'll have to fix the clutch," he said. "Then we'll swap the fuel cell around, move some A-frames around, put a transmission cooler in it and we'll go to Lime Rock. I'm really looking forward to going there. I've gotten so I really enjoy racing at the road courses and we've had some really good races there over the years. I think it'll be a good race for us."