Jeff Anton Finishes 2008 With Twenty-First Place Fall Final Finish Stafford Springs, Conn. (Oct. 12, 2008) - Jeff Anton was looking to finish his 2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series campaign on a good note as he entered the last race of the ...
Jeff Anton Finishes 2008 With Twenty-First Place Fall Final Finish
Stafford Springs, Conn. (Oct. 12, 2008) - Jeff Anton was looking to finish his 2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series campaign on a good note as he entered the last race of the year, the Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway. But contact with another car early in the race forced an extended pit stop and he had to spend the rest of the race playing catch-up, finishing 21st.
Driving the No. 30 Engineered Floors/Fast Track Medical Response Chevrolet that is usually reserved for duty at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Anton came to Stafford looking to make a late push to get closer to the top ten in series points. Practice times were not encouraging as he was only 23rd fastest, but he had a plan to make the car better after qualifying, which saw him time in 22nd.
"We're going to change everything," he said. "We're going to go home and figure out a plan to change some things up in the front end. We'll come back here in the morning, make those changes, and see how they help the car."
The Russell, Massachusetts driver had only gone five laps into the 150-lap feature event before finding trouble. Contact with another competitor damaged the left side of his car and forced a pit stop to change the left rear tire, which was cut. While on pit road, Anton went a lap down. For the balance of the race, he tried to stay in position to get the free pass back onto the lead lap if a caution came out, but the leaders were putting many cars a lap down and there were few cautions, so he was unable to take advantage. He wound up 21st in the final rundown.
"We had a flat left rear tire in the early running and went down a lap, and we just couldn't get it back," he said. "We'd be in position to get the 'lucky dog,' but the leaders would lap more cars and they'd get the lucky dog at the next caution. It wasn't our day."
Anton thought the chassis tweaks would have made for a better race than Saturday's practice indicated.
"We knew our car was going to be different from what we practiced with yesterday since we changed the upper A-arms, ball joints, and pretty much everything in the front end," he said. "Did it work? It's hard to say since we got in trouble so early. I think it was a tick better than what we had yesterday. We were still off somewhere with this car. This car finished in the top ten at Loudon last time out but we can't figure it out on the short tracks."
With the 2008 season now completed, Anton will take the off-season to go over his equipment and get ready for a 2009 season where he hopes to improve on his thirteenth-place 2008 points standing.
"This race is just like how our whole season went. We were going to have a good run but then something happens and we'd get behind," he said. "Everyone has their tough seasons and this one's been our toughest by far. We've got a lot of room for improvement but we've got a plan to get all our stuff in shape so when we come back next season we'll be strong. We have all the cars and equipment in the shop and we'll do our homework to get them 100% and then go from there."