Jeff Anton Ends 2007 Campaign On Positive Note, Thirteenth Place Dover Finish Dover, Del. (Sept. 21, 2007) - Russell, Massachusetts' Jeff Anton ended the 2007 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series season with a good performance after...
Jeff Anton Ends 2007 Campaign On Positive Note, Thirteenth Place Dover Finish
Dover, Del. (Sept. 21, 2007) - Russell, Massachusetts' Jeff Anton ended the 2007 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series season with a good performance after a slow start. Struggling in practice getting his No. 30 Baran Institute of Technology/Engineered Floors Inc. Chevrolet up to speed, Anton ran well enough in the race to finish on the lead lap in thirteenth place.
With a short week between the previous race at New Hampshire International Speedway and Dover's, Anton had a quick turnaround to get the car from racing on a flat mile asphalt oval to a high-banked concrete mile. The changes gave Anton a car that was only fast enough for 24th on the practice sheet and 27th after qualifying.
"We don't know what the deal is," he said. "The car was absolutely horrible, and we were almost a second slower on new tires than we were on old tires. I don't know what the deal was, we might have got a bad set of tires."
Going into the race, Anton fell victim to the rapid pace being set by the leaders and went down a lap before the race was one-third through. Undaunted, the Anton Racing team kept taking advantage of cautions to pit for tires, gas, and chassis adjustments. Eventually, those changes started paying off.
"It started off bad but we kept on making changes during pit stops: messing with the track bar, messing with wedge, and by the time it was over we got the car pretty decent."
Pit stops helped, as did Anton's being the beneficiary after a lap 93 caution and allowed to return to the lead lap. He stayed there for the balance of the event, making one more stop for one last adjustment, and ran to the finish in thirteenth.
"It worked out decent," he said after the race. "We were hoping for a better run, but we did the best we could with what we had. The more we worked on the car, the better it got, but we never really got to the point where we were completely happy with it. We just ran with what we had and stayed out of trouble and tried to get as good a finish as we could."
Anton wound up tenth in points with a top-five finish - third at Lime Rock Park - and four top-ten finishes.
"We're proud of where we wound up because this year we've had to do everything on our own," he said. "We built a new car over the off-season and went to a bunch of new tracks. We had to learn the car and develop it, we had to keep the short-track car ready to race week-to-week, and we always showed up prepared. We had a pretty good season and we'll be even better to go when we start next year."