Jeff Anton An Accident Victim At Dover Dover, Del. (Sept. 19, 2008) - Hopes were high that Jeff Anton's NASCAR Camping World Series season was going to turn around at Dover International Speedway. The No. 30 Engineered Floors, Inc. Chevrolet ...
Jeff Anton An Accident Victim At Dover
Dover, Del. (Sept. 19, 2008) - Hopes were high that Jeff Anton's NASCAR Camping World Series season was going to turn around at Dover International Speedway. The No. 30 Engineered Floors, Inc. Chevrolet he was driving was brand new, having never seen the track before. After an encouraging seventh-place qualifying effort, it looked like the new car was going to be just what the Anton Racing team needed, but it was eliminated from the race after being involved in a lap 67 multi-car accident.
The "new car blues" that often accompany untested racing equipment did not seem to be affecting Anton's efforts during Thursday's practice sessions. He was eleventh in the first session and backed that up with a seventh place qualifying effort in Friday's time trials. His previous best qualifying efforts this season were a pair of fourteenth-place runs at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and Adirondack International Speedway.
"We were pretty quick," he said. "I was happy with how we qualified. That was great and we definitely needed that."
Just seven laps after a lap 60 restart, Anton was running eleventh. Four cars ahead of him, Tim Andrews spun up high in the first turn. The track's high banks sent Andrews' car down towards the apron, and Anton saw it happening. He slowed for the incident but was hit from behind.
"It looked like Andrews lost it," he explained. "I saw it and backed out of it to slow down. The 37 didn't slow down at all and got into the back of me and upset my car. He went on and slammed into Andrews and turned him around. I had already lost it from when he hit me, and I wound up going head-on into Tim Andrews.
"It's bad for us and bad for our series," Anton continued. "We need to have drivers who are looking ahead at what's going on and not seeing incidents ahead of them until it's too late to do anything about it."
Up until the time of the accident, Anton was putting together a solid plan to get to the front and finish well.
"The car kind of fell off a little quicker than we thought it would," he said. "But we came in and made some adjustments to make it better. We didn't take on new tires yet, and we were still hanging with guys on new tires. We were still biding our time before we came in to take tires, and we would have been in great shape after that. It just didn't work out for us.
"This was a new car, the first time we ever ran it, and it was a good car," Anton continued. "Obviously the nose is ripped off of it, and I don't know if we need any chassis work done too. It was good until we got wrecked."
Anton will finish his season next Sunday when the Camping World Series runs its 150-lap feature as part of Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway's Fall Final weekend.