Kip Stockwell Upset After Dover Accident, Seventeenth Place Finish (Dover, Del. - Sept. 23, 2005) - Kip Stockwell admitted that he didn't have the car to compete with the elite of the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series at the ...
Kip Stockwell Upset After Dover Accident, Seventeenth Place Finish
(Dover, Del. - Sept. 23, 2005) - Kip Stockwell admitted that he didn't have the car to compete with the elite of the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series at the fastest track it visits, Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. But he had a plan to get as good a finish as he could and look forward to those tracks he can better compete at, but after getting hit and spun into the inside wall under caution, he was visibly upset and left with a lot more work than planned heading into the final two races of the year.
"We're here because we love to race," he said. "We don't have the equipment or the experience to run here. My main goal it to not tear the car up. We've got two more races. At Lime Rock we always hold our own, and we're pretty fair at Thompson. If we tear the car up here, it's not going to do us any good for next weekend. That's what I'm looking forward to, the next two weekends."
Stockwell started from a provisional starting position and set out to put in 150 laps at the high-banked mile. His No. 16 Sabil & Sons Service/Randolph National Bank Chevrolet was running well, and things were going according to plan until lap 104 of 150.
Caution came out for a single-car crash in turn two. Stockwell, on the frontstretch, slowed for the yellow and was struck from behind by a rookie driver. He spun around and hit the pit wall with the car's left front to go along with the damage to the left rear from the initial contact. Stockwell needed a push start to resume in the race, but he did continue after pitting to address the damage. He finished seventeenth.
"I'm very unhappy with the 09 car," he said after the race. "We have teams here that have spotter changes every week. I've had to have different spotters because the same guys can't go to all the races all summer long, but I usually have the same guy and he's got some experience up there. But, unfortunately, this is not the first time the 09 did something like this. We got wrecked under yellow. My spotter said there was yellow, so I put my hand up and someone ran over me from the back, and that's a problem. I think it's time that NASCAR does something about guys who aren't paying attention under yellow. We're a professional series, and while we weren't great today, we were staying out of the way and minding our own business, but we got run over under caution and that's wrong.
"I wish we had a week before Lime Rock because we're going to be struggling terribly," Stockwell continued. "We have a week's worth of work to do already, without having damage to fix. Now we've got that on top of switching the car around to turn right. It's going to be a rough week getting this thing fixed up and ready to go road racing. But we'll get through this, we'll get the car ready and we'll go to Lime Rock and have some fun there. I like road racing."
Lime Rock Park is next on the Busch North Series schedule, with practice and qualifying to be held Friday, Sept. 29th and the race on Saturday, Oct. 1.