Electrical Problems Keep Kip Stockwell From Finishing NHIS Race Loudon, N.H. (July 14, 2006) - Bad luck has struck Kip Stockwell two weeks in a row, with his getting tagged by a crashed car at Lake Erie Speedway last week and now suffering an ...
Electrical Problems Keep Kip Stockwell From Finishing NHIS Race
Loudon, N.H. (July 14, 2006) - Bad luck has struck Kip Stockwell two weeks in a row, with his getting tagged by a crashed car at Lake Erie Speedway last week and now suffering an electrical problem that shut down his No. 16 Sabil & Sons/Randolph National Bank Chevrolet at New Hampshire International Speedway on Friday.
Stockwell now rides eleventh in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series points as the series heads into an off-weekend halfway through its season.
Repairs needed after Lake Erie kept the team busy in the three day span between arriving home from there and needing to leave for NHIS, and there was still plenty of work to get done when they got to the track, and that kept them off the track until late in the first practice session.
"We were behind when we got here," Stockwell said. "We were still dealing with stuff from last week when we got here. We never got a real shot at practice, just two laps and they weren't at full speed. We just had issues all day.
"The biggest problem we have is that we brought a short-track car that's been pretty well beat up all summer," said Stockwell, who qualified 31st. "We're here at Loudon where you have to have everything right when you get here to be fast and comfortable. We're neither fast nor comfortable right now, but we're changing ball joints and other things that might have gotten beat up over the last couple weekends."
While Stockwell was confident that he could race well enough to get into the top twenty or maybe even the top fifteen, things took a turn for the worse on lap 34 when the car shut off. Stockwell coasted to a stop and was pushed to pit road where the Stockwell Racing team tried to diagnose the problem but couldn't find it. Stockwell retired from the event and was scored 36th at the end.
"When the highs are high, the lows are extremely low," he said after the race. "We've worked our tails off since we got here, we had to work on the car nonstop from the time we got here and I guess it doesn't surprise me a whole lot that we didn't end up where we should have. I think we probably had a top-fifteen car before we broke because I was just riding. I didn't want to get in a position to get torn up like a lot of cars did. I just wanted to stay away from everybody and get to the last 25 laps, then work on the guys who were around me. That was the plan from the start.
"We've had two bad weekends and it's striking us in the foot," he continued. "We'll load up the trailer, take it home and start working on it Monday night and see what we can find. We really need to get our act together and pull together and go to Adirondack and have a better weekend than we've been having."
Stockwell also expects to have a better performance at NHIS in September when the series returns for its second visit.
"it'll be after we've had a month off, and we'll be able to use that time to get the car more straightened out as far as the bodywork and other stuff. We'll have time then, but we only had three days between Lake Erie and today, and that's not time enough to get things right," he said.