Kip Stockwell Benefits From New NASCAR Rule En Route To Twelfth At Adirondack (Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 30, 2005) - NASCAR instituted a new rule in its Busch North Series, giving drivers who have gone a lap down in a race the opportunity to get...
Kip Stockwell Benefits From New NASCAR Rule En Route To Twelfth At Adirondack
(Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 30, 2005) - NASCAR instituted a new rule in its Busch North Series, giving drivers who have gone a lap down in a race the opportunity to get that lap back and get back into the race. Kip Stockwell took advantage of this to get back on the lead lap of the Edge Hotel 150, Saturday's race at the Adirondack International Speedway, allowing him to come from a lap down to compete on the lead lap and eventually finish twelfth in his Sabil & Sons/Randolph National Bank Chevrolet.
Stockwell, fresh off his first top-ten finish of the year one week ago, was fifteenth fastest in the first practice and nineteenth fastest in the second session. Qualifying found him 21st after turning a lap of 18.185 seconds around the half-mile oval.
"Unfortunately, this is the worst car I've had this summer," he said before the race. "I don't know what the real reason for it is. We've never gone well here, and I haven't figured out what our car needs to get around this racetrack. We've always done well in the race, so I'm not upset. The car was good in qualifying except that I darn near knocked down the foam barriers in turn four both laps because I was coming around sideways. I'm looking forward to the race, and we'll see how it goes."
The car was indeed good during the race, with Stockwell rapidly improving from his starting position to run eleventh. But on lap 37 he encountered trouble. A car spun ahead of him and in the ensuring scramble, he got turned around and collected.
"Things were going pretty well, but there was a wreck ahead of us and I think it was Eddie MacDonald who got into me and turned me around," he explained. "We had a flat tire because Dave Dion got us in the side, it pulled the tire off the wheel. All we had was an old practice tire that probably had a hundred or more laps on it to put on, and after we put that on we lost all forward bite."
Stockwell lost a lap in the pits while repairs were being made, but thanks to NASCAR's new "beneficiary" rule giving a lap back to the first car a lap down under each caution, he got back on the lead lap with the free pass under a lap 55 caution. Back in contention, he got to twelfth by the time the race ended.
"Our car was a lot better during the race than it was all day," he said. "We were really good, I was really happy with what we had. Finishing twelfth is a good night for us. The body's kind of beat up on the car, and we'll have to change the rear bumper cover, but that's the first real damage we've had to fix all year. We've got a week and a half to get it fixed up. I'm happy to finish twelfth, but the team knows that we had something better than a twelfth-place car at the beginning of the race.
"I like the lucky dog, and that we got a lucky dog pass tonight," Stockwell continued, speaking of the beneficiary rule. "I'm happy that NASCAR put that in because it makes it good for guys who go down a lap early in the race like we did. When you go down a lap in this series, it's not like you've got 500 laps to take it back. You've got 85 laps, and it's impossible. You can't do it by pit strategy and stuff like that."
Stockwell and the rest of the Busch North Series teams get a weekend off before returning to action on Wednesday, August 10th, at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.