Cut Tire Spoils Jefferson's Run at Altamont NACHES, WA (September 18, 2008) All race car drivers experience down years, but Jeff Jefferson would like to be able to take a "quantum leap" back in time and start the 2008 campaign over again.
Cut Tire Spoils Jefferson's Run at Altamont
NACHES, WA (September 18, 2008) All race car drivers experience down years, but Jeff Jefferson would like to be able to take a "quantum leap" back in time and start the 2008 campaign over again. Jefferson finished 18th last Saturday night at Altamont Raceway Park in round twelve of the NASCAR Camping World Series.
Jefferson qualified his MJ2 Racing/Gran Prix Imports Chevrolet in the 22nd position for the 200-lap race sponsored by Golden State Steel & Stair. The qualifying effort left Jefferson shaking his head and wondering where it all went wrong. Known throughout his career as a fast qualifier, this season has stumped the former three-time NASCAR champion and owner of 24-career NASCAR pole awards.
Though his qualifying effort left him looking forward to the rest of the field, Jefferson had 200 laps to take back real estate lost. But on lap 22 Jefferson suffered a cut tire losing two laps to the leaders and made his long night even longer.
The race was broken into two 100-lap segments and Jefferson and crew used the break to make major adjustment on the car and use the rest of the race as a test session since a top finish seemed out of their grasp.
"We struggled during practice to find the right combination," Jefferson said. "I don't think we ever really found the sweet spot but rather worked to get the car so I could get off the corner. Cut tires are frustrating they can take you right out of the race no matter how hard you drive or how good your car is. We never really had a chance to race and when you're down laps you don't want to be a problem for the leader. "
Jefferson drops one spot (12th) in the driver standings with one race left on the schedule. The NCWS next heads to All-American Speedway in Roseville, Ca. for the series finale October 25.