Contributed by: ACT Staff
Veteran stock car racer Kip Stockwell of Braintree arrived back “home” in victory lane at Barre’s Thunder Road in the 50-lap Pepsi Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday night. Stockwell took the fifth Late Model division win of his career, but it was his first trip to the winner’s circle since 1997.
After a successful stint at Thunder Road in the 1990s, Stockwell competed on the NASCAR Busch East Series for nearly a decade, and raced at places as far away as California. The 2007 season marked Stockwell’s return to Thunder Road, and the Pepsi victory puts a stamp on his arrival.
“There’s no place like home,” said a jubilant Stockwell following his win. “I’ve raced all over this country against all kinds of people, and Thunder Road has the most respectable drivers and the best competition anywhere. Being in victory lane at Thunder Road has always been my dream. This is better than Daytona.”
Stockwell passed early leader Mike Bailey of Barre for the top spot on lap 29 and never looked back. Former NAPA Tiger Sportsman division champion Shawn Fleury of Middlesex passed Bailey for second place on lap 42, followed closely by Trampas Demers of South Burlington and Phil Scott of Middlesex.