ES: Adirondack: Jeff Anton race notes

Jeff Anton Unhappy After Finishing Adirondack Twenty-First Beaver Falls, N.Y. (July 26, 2008) - Jeff Anton prides himself on being a clean driver when he races in the NASCAR Camping World East Series races. He's been able to improve his finishes...

Jeff Anton Unhappy After Finishing Adirondack Twenty-First

Beaver Falls, N.Y. (July 26, 2008) - Jeff Anton prides himself on being a clean driver when he races in the NASCAR Camping World East Series races. He's been able to improve his finishes in many races by letting other drivers make mistakes and avoiding being involved in their messes. His luck wasn't with him in the eighth race of the season, the Edge Hotel 150 at Adirondack International Speedway, as he got removed from a top-ten finish on the last lap, sent spinning with a resulting 21st place finish.

"I'm disappointed with how everyone drives in this series," said the driver of the No. 30 Engineered Floors, Inc./Fast Track Medical Response Chevrolet. "Some guys here need to go back to Racing 101."

Coming off a race where Anton ran in the top five before a flat tire took him out of contention, Anton came to the upstate New York track looking for redemption. After qualifying fourteenth, the Russell, Massachusetts driver was ready for a good race on the circular half-mile track.

The first half of the Edge Hotel 150 was relatively caution-free, aside from an hour-long stoppage for a passing rain shower and resulting track drying necessary. After halfway, the race was more frequently punctuated by yellow flags, though none involved Anton. He stayed out of trouble and ran as high as eighth place. He was tenth lining up for the final restart and could have had a good finish after a long race, but he was spun out in turn three and sent high on the track as the checkered flag flew. He could only watch as the field went by, sending him to 21st.

"Our car was real good on long runs," he said. "We worked our way up, doing what we always do by running a clean race but that's hard to do when everyone else out there is trying to knock each other out of the way.

"I'm getting tired of it," Anton continued. "The sad thing is that nobody seems to be learning anything from these kinds of races. Every race, the same cars are wrecking. The only difference is who they take with them when they wreck."

Anton can look forward to going back to one of his best tracks after a couple of weeks off. When the Camping World Series resumes, it will do so at Lime Rock Park, the road course in northwest Connecticut. In last year's running, Anton had his best ever result in series competition, getting a third place finish.

-credit: ajc

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