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Anton Twice A Target At Adirondack Beaver Falls, N.Y . (July 28, 2007) - Jeff Anton was looking forward to racing at Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y. It's the track where he got his first top ten in NASCAR Grand ...

Anton Twice A Target At Adirondack

Beaver Falls, N.Y . (July 28, 2007) - Jeff Anton was looking forward to racing at Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y. It's the track where he got his first top ten in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series competition, and it's where he had his best finish in all of last season. Looking to improve on that sixth-place finish from last year, Anton instead found himself spun out twice during the running of the Edge Hotel 150 on Saturday, winding up sixteenth.

"It wasn't our night, I guess," he said after the race.

Qualifying was not held on Saturday because afternoon rain showers forced the schedule to be rearranged and time trials scrapped in favor of practice time. Anton, who tested at Adirondack a couple weeks previously, drew on knowledge gained from that day to get ready for the night's race.

"We tried some different setups when we were here testing," he said. "What's funny about this place is that it didn't matter what setup we ran, because our times didn't change much. For today, we basically kept the same setup we had last week at Nashville with some different springs and stuff. The car seems to be running really good with that. It stays under me, it's not all over the track, and I like it that way. It's on the free side, which will be good for later in the race when the track starts to tighten up."

Starting eighth after the field was lined up by points, Anton had fallen to eleventh but was holding his ground as thirty laps were in the books. The next time around, though, he spun off the front bumper of Eddie MacDonald's No. 71 car and, as he was stopped across the middle of the frontstretch, was struck in the rear by a third car. Anton pitted his No. 30 Baran Institute of Technology/Engineered Floors, Inc. Chevrolet for a chassis adjustment as well as some quick bodywork.

"After we got taken out by the 71, which I'm sure was just a mistake on his part, I was a little upset that we got wrecked instead of just spinning and having everybody miss us," he said. "The rear of the car felt funny after that, real wobbly, but we came in to make a change and it felt better after that."

Anton made a second pit stop under caution on lap 68.

"What hurt us is that we'd have to start at the tail after each stop and have to pass a bunch of cars we'd already passed before," the Russell, Massachusetts driver explained.

Anton's adventurous night was not yet over as he suffered a second spin after getting booted by another car. He had to go to the rear of the field again and tried to get back what he could, but that was only good enough for sixteenth.

"The car was way too free at the start of the race, and I couldn't stick it under anyone because I was afraid if I got tapped from the outside, I'd go right around. It was a constant battle," he said. "We had some problems with some other drivers and that's not what we want. We usually run everyone else clean, and then we come here and get taken out left and right. There wasn't a lot of respect out there tonight. You have to be aggressive to pass here, but you also have to give and take. We had a target on our car today."

-credit: ja/ajc

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