Kip Stockwell Seventeenth At Seekonk Speedway (Seekonk, Mass. - June 12, 2004) - Kip Stockwell had high hopes for his Sabil & Sons Towing Chevrolet team, which competes on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series. But Stockwell had...
Kip Stockwell Seventeenth At Seekonk Speedway
(Seekonk, Mass. - June 12, 2004) - Kip Stockwell had high hopes for his Sabil & Sons Towing Chevrolet team, which competes on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series. But Stockwell had a tough run at the third-mile Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night, and was left with a seventeenth-place finish in the series' fourth race of the season.
Stockwell, still learning a new car early this season, had Seekonk on his short list of tracks he thought the new car may excel at. Practice results were encouraging, and in time trials he took the seventeenth starting spot. Not helping things, though, was the fact that Stockwell had come down with a cold prior to race day.
"I think the car is pretty good," he said before the race. "We didn't gain as much in qualifying as we needed to, so we're staring back a ways. I'm pretty confident, though, since we made some good changes. I think we'll be in good shape. I'm looking forward to this race. We were only off a couple tenths in qualifying, and I can make that up during the race if I keep out of trouble."
Stockwell spent almost the entire length of the Budweiser 150 on the lead lap, though he found the track difficult to handle and traffic uncooperative.
"I ran right in the back of the big pack and I couldn't do anything," he said. "I went to the outside and I might as well have had an oar out the side window to help turn the car. I don't think it has anything to do with the car, we might have missed the setup a little, or we might have over-loosened it up for the race, but I think everybody was really loose throughout the race. The track was basically a one-groove race track, if that."
Near the end of the race, Stockwell was still on the lead lap but was having trouble getting around a pair of lapped cars. They frustrated Stockwell enough that he wound up going a lap down with just a couple laps left to run, as he went on to finish seventeenth. After the race, he complained of being beat but was already thinking about what he had to do for the next race.
"I was hoping for a little more than where we finished," he said. "We drove around on the bottom and did the best that we could and got messed up with some lapped cars. We went down a lap because of a couple of lapped cars. I couldn't get around them. The biggest problem is that we seem to be a lapped car every week, so when we have a decent run like tonight and we stay on the lead lap, the cars that are lapped can't tell the difference and they run me like they're racing for position. NASCAR doesn't do anything to help us, so we're just running at the back trying to deal with lapped cars and doing the best we can.
"There was one of them that I just couldn't get around," Stockwell continued. "I followed him for ten laps and every time I tried to pass he'd either run me up into the wall or run me down into the grass. It was a tough night. I was looking for a lot more from this weekend than what we got and I'm pretty disappointed in that. I don't know what to do other than just go home, fix it, and go on to Stafford hoping we'll have a better car for there."
Stafford Motor Speedway hosts the next Busch North race on Friday night, June 18th.