Kip Stockwell California-Bound To Race His First NASCAR Toyota Showdown (Braintree, Vt. - Nov. 2, 2005) - Despite a setback suffered in the last NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race of the 2005 season, Kip Stockwell is...
Kip Stockwell California-Bound To Race His First NASCAR Toyota Showdown
(Braintree, Vt. - Nov. 2, 2005) - Despite a setback suffered in the last NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race of the 2005 season, Kip Stockwell is accepting his invitation to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown and will help represent Busch North against the NASCAR West Series in the November 12th event - to be broadcast live on SpeedTV - at the half-mile Irwindale Speedway outside Los Angeles, California.
Stockwell finished the Busch North season fifteenth in points, earning the invitation to send him to the west coast. Making the trip a little easier will be a roster of sponsors adding their support to the effort, including long-time backer Randolph Auto Supply.
"Randolph Auto Supply has been a sponsor of mine since I was go-kart racing at five years old," Stockwell said. "They help every year, but in the last few years they've decided they wanted us to take their name off the car to help us maybe attract a bigger sponsor, to not have the car look like it has more than enough sponsorship. Steve owns the store and his son Ryan have always been great supporters of the race team and they always will be. They help us out every year, as much as they can, and they've been with me as long as I've been racing."
Additional sponsors on the Stockwell effort include Sabil & Sons Service, Randolph National Bank, Foley Services, and Lennie Stockwell's Garage. Joining the team for the trip to California include PCCW Racing Engines and Village Auto & Tire.
Stockwell's car will be sharing the ride to California, being hauled there on the Willoughby Motorsports' tractor-trailer along with Willoughby's car, which will be driven by Dale Shaw.
"Mark and Dale have been real great people to deal with and I guess we're going out there as teammates, sharing information back and forth as a team," Stockwell said.
Travel plans are in place, with Stockwell's wife and two crew members flying out, while Stockwell and his father will drive out in a pickup truck full of tools and spares.
"I've never been out that far," he said, "I've never been any further west than Indiana. We're going to drive out and enjoy the country. I'm looking forward to driving out and spending some quality time with him. We do everything together, including this racing thing and the family business, but a lot of it is on business terms. We're always keeping our nose to the grindstone and getting our work done, so we're going to spend a week driving out there, race hard, and then spending another week coming back. It's going to be fun with just the two of us."
The Showdown may be the biggest race ever for Stockwell, who started out in go-karts and then in ACT competition at the quarter-mile Thunder Road International Speedbowl.
"There's a lot of enthusiasm around our hometown with more than just the regular people calling and asking how we're doing and how the preparations were going," he said. "With the race being on live TV all our family and friends are going to get to watch. My mom's going to throw a party for everybody that can't go and it's going to be a fun time. We're really looking forward to it, looking forward to going out there and representing Busch North the best we can and have a good time doing it.
"I'm so much looking forward to being involved in the whole event," he continued. "The track, from what I've seen, is my kind of racetrack. I can't wait to get there. We've had the best season we've had in a few years. We had three top tens, and while that doesn't sound like a lot, in this series, it is. We're running against big teams. We've been competitive every week this year."