Fourteenth At Holland Is Kip Stockwell's Best Of The Year (Holland, N.Y. - June 26, 2004) - Kip Stockwell recorded his best finish of the 2004 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series on Saturday night when he finished fourteenth at...
Fourteenth At Holland Is Kip Stockwell's Best Of The Year
(Holland, N.Y. - June 26, 2004) - Kip Stockwell recorded his best finish of the 2004 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series on Saturday night when he finished fourteenth at the .375-mile Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway. Stockwell survived some on-track incidents to bring his Sabil & Sons Service Chevrolet home on the lead lap.
While he was only twentieth fastest in the first practice session, Stockwell improved to fourteenth in the second practice. But that improvement did not carry through to qualifying, where the Braintree, Vermont driver was only 21st fastest.
"The time doesn't show much, but we made a lot of changes just trying to find better corner speed to help us down the straightaway," he said. "I think we're going to have a good car for the race. I'm a little disappointed with our qualifying, but I think the car's going to drive good, at least as good as last week. It's a long race, a lot of people have a lot of problems here so I'm looking forward to it."
Stockwell had improved to 16th before thirty laps were in the books, as he found the car to his liking. During the longest green-flag stretch of the race, Stockwell found himself in a battle with Bill Penfold for sixteenth, but that had to be put on hold when caution came out on lap 81. Stockwell came to pit road where his crew made a chassis adjustment, rejoining the race in sixteenth. He was up to fifteenth when he ran into trouble on the backstretch.
"When the 32 [Dale Quarterley] spun on the backstretch, everyone in front of me slowed up," he explained. "I was looking at the 32 to make sure he wasn't going back and I don't know exactly what happened in front of me but everybody slowed down. I was pretty hard in the throttle and hit Billy [Penfold], who almost went around."
No yellow came out for this incident so Stockwell continued to move ahead, with just cosmetic damage. He had gotten up to thirteenth, still on the lead lap, but was passed to fourteenth and that's where he finished.
"We had a great night," he said after the race." I'm real happy with the car, but I'm a little disappointed that it's beat up the way it is. But it's just a pair of fenders, a nose and a hood. It's short track racing, we'll deal with it. I'm happy with the car, I'm happy with the team, they did a great job finishing fourteenth. It could have been eighth, but today it was fourteenth. It's the best finish we've had this year and I think it's something we can use to look forward to Lake Erie."
Stockwell will race next in two weeks at Lake Erie Speedway, which opened two years ago and hosted its first Busch North race last year.
"That track has newer pavement and not so many bumps as Holland," he said. "I don't think you don't lose as much momentum from the center of the turns. I was looking forward to this week, and now I'm looking forward to Erie. The car didn't turn as well as I wanted it, it didn't turn as well as it did last week, but we finished on the lead lap and in fourteenth, so we're happy."
Fans can watch the Holland race on SpeedTV when it's broadcast on July 10th at noon. For more information on the Stockwell Racing Team, visit www.kipstockwell.com.