Overheating, Handling Problems Shorten Anthony Demonte's NHIS Debut (Loudon, N.H. - Sept. 16, 2005) - Anthony Demonte made his debut at New Hampshire International Speedway in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition in ...
Overheating, Handling Problems Shorten Anthony Demonte's NHIS Debut
(Loudon, N.H. - Sept. 16, 2005) - Anthony Demonte made his debut at New Hampshire International Speedway in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition in Friday's Sylvania 125, but that debut was shortened by a combination of overheating and handling problems that forced his early retirement from the event, being credited with a 36th place finish.
Demonte got his first look at the 1.058-mile track in practice and found the track different from his expectations.
"It's not as intimidating as I was led to believe," the Hauppauge, N.Y. driver said. "I've run Lime Rock and a ton of road courses where we've gone faster, done harder braking, and ran higher corner speeds. This track's just a little longer than Thompson really, and it feels like a bigger Stafford."
In that practice, mechanical problems arose almost immediately in the No. 38 Chevrolet.
"We just got the motor back on Tuesday and we thrashed on the car, Jason [Kreth, team manager and crew chief] worked probably three days straight getting it all together. We don't know if we've got a bad radiator or something's wrong with the motor, but it was overheating right from the start. We got it off the truck and only went a few laps in practice and it was up to 240 degrees; it went as high as 280 during the race."
With this only being Demonte's second Busch North race of the year, he had few points to fall back on when qualifying was rained out and started the race 29th. The overheating problem was still there, and that was coupled with chassis problems.
"We made just one minor change before the race, a sway bar change, but in the race it just didn't feel right," he said. "It felt like maybe we broke a shock or something. The car felt like it was taking a double set going into the corner. It didn't feel good."
Demonte pitted and the Demonte Motorsports crew tightened the car up to make it more comfortable, but that made the car push exiting the turn. And with the temperature needle pointing into dangerous territory, the call was made to park the car for the day before further damage was done.
Demonte Motorsports will regroup and return to Busch North competition in two weeks when the series makes its only road course race of the year at Lime Rock Park, Demonte's home track.
"Last year, in the first practice session, we were fourth fastest there," he said. "I've won four races there, so I'm looking forward to that. We went to Oxford and had a nice finish, then we came here and struggled a little bit, but we're looking forward to finishing this year strong."