Kip Stockwell's Lime Rock Race Goes According To Plan, Finishing Eighteenth (Lime Rock, Conn. - May 29, 2004) - Kip Stockwell had modest goals for the running of the Busch North 200K at Lime Rock Park, the 1.53-mile road course in northwest ...
Kip Stockwell's Lime Rock Race Goes According To Plan, Finishing Eighteenth
(Lime Rock, Conn. - May 29, 2004) - Kip Stockwell had modest goals for the running of the Busch North 200K at Lime Rock Park, the 1.53-mile road course in northwest Connecticut that hosted the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series this Saturday: Stay out of trouble, stay on the track, and get the best finish possible. He accomplished those goals without putting a scratch on his No. 16 Sabil & Sons Towing Pontiac, finishing the race in eighteenth position.
Stockwell's family team spent most of the winter preparing a new car for oval tracks, and raced last year's car at Lime Rock. The old Pontiac was converted to turn primarily right turns, and performed its job well despite being hampered by a 9-to-1 engine.
Track time was in short supply on Friday, where rain eliminated early afternoon practice sessions and the qualifying round. The only practice was a 90-minute session late Friday afternoon. Stockwell was 27th fastest in that session.
His 2003 points position gave him the thirteenth position on the starting grid, but Stockwell gave that up and went to the rear of the field to take the green flag. Despite going down a lap early, he never lost any further laps, and only made one pit stop, on lap 20 to get enough fuel to make it to the end. After a day of putting in consistent laps and keeping out of trouble, Stockwell came home eighteenth.
"We did exactly what we came here to do, and we ended up just one lap down, which I'm pretty happy with," he said. "My father and Matt put this car together in the last month or so while we were also getting the other car together. It was a pretty used up car from last year, but they did a good job getting it together. For a little 9-to-1 engine and a whole bunch of extra stuff thrashed together just for this race, it came together pretty well. The biggest thing we wanted to do was to stay on the pavement and not get into the wet grass. We did that, nothing broke on the car, and now we can leave this car pretty much intact for Watkins Glen and not have to worry about what we're going to do when Watkins Glen comes around."
Stockwell is very much looking forward to going back to oval tracks, but there's also a scheduled weekend off for the Busch North Series coming up.
"I'm really looking forward to having a week off and having the rest of this weekend off," Stockwell said. "My father and I have partnered up in some antique tractors and Monday we're going to put four antique tractors in a parade. We're just looking for a breather for the next week and a half.
"We've got some work to do to the other car before we go to Seekonk but I'm really looking forward to going there," he continued. "We're going to start work Tuesday night on that car. I'm excited to be bringing the new car to tracks like Seekonk, Waterford, Stafford, Beech Ridge. I think we've got something that we can run well with and maybe get some top-fives with. I'm really looking for some good top-fives, and I think that car is capable of that."