Cut Tire Forces Jeff Anton Out Of Music City Motorplex Top Five Nashville, Tenn. (July 19, 2008) - There are some nights where a racer's whole operation just clicks and that racer is put in position to win. For Jeff Anton, Saturday was one of ...
Cut Tire Forces Jeff Anton Out Of Music City Motorplex Top Five
Nashville, Tenn. (July 19, 2008) - There are some nights where a racer's whole operation just clicks and that racer is put in position to win. For Jeff Anton, Saturday was one of those nights where he knew he had the car to beat in the NASCAR Camping World East series race at the Music City Motorplex. But just as he was starting to make his moves to get deeper and deeper into the top-five, a cut tire put a stop to his charge and sent him to pit road. He lost three laps to the leaders and finished fifteenth.
"We had the fastest car by far," he said after the race. "We had the car to beat."
Anton, who finished seventh at the Nashville, Tennessee track in last year's race, posted mid-pack practice times in his No. 30 engineered Floors, Inc./Fast track Medical Response Systems Chevrolet. even after qualifying 21st, Anton was confident that his long-run race setup would prevail over the race's 150-lap distance.
It only took 35 laps for Anton to pick up eleven positions on the track and enter the top ten. At the halfway point, Anton caught and passed eventual race winner Matt Kobyluck for the fifth position, and his presence was starting to be felt at the front of the field. He made a move for third place on lap 93 but had to put that charge on hold due to caution coming out.
On lap 105, Anton's race took a turn for the worse. His right front tire was cut and lost air. He slowed on the track and entered the pits trailing sparks, needing a costly green-flag tire change.
"We got a slice in the tire. It wasn't a setup deal, something cut it. There might have been debris on the track," he explained.
Undaunted, Anton completed the race although he was no longer racing for the win, settling for fifteenth.
"It's a shame," the Russell, Massachusetts driver said. "You couldn't have asked for a better car. It was in a class by itself tonight."
Anton gets a shot at redemption next Saturday night when the Camping World East Series makes its popular annual stop at Beaver Falls, New York's Adirondack International Speedway.
"All we can do now is go to Adirondack and hope to run just as well as we did tonight," he said.
Race fans can catch the Music City Motorplex race on SpeedTV when it's broadcast at noon Eastern time on July 30th. Adirondack's race will be shown live on HDNet, with the broadcast starting at 6:30 p.m., and re-aired at noon on August 6th.