What does a driver do when he has a weekend that starts with his primary car exploding in a ball of flame on pit road during practice for the Casey’s General Store 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Vs West race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, and ends with a mistake that leads to a crash in the main event?
If that driver is Anthony Alfredo, he takes a few deep breaths, smiles and starts preparing for the road course challenge that beckons when the series takes to Watkins Glen International Speedway’s high- speed circuit in one of the most scenic parts of New York State this Friday afternoon, August 3.
The fan-friendly Connecticut-born racer now living outside Charlotte, North Carolina qualified fifth out of nearly 30 cars with his Vermeer Strong, Ceco Building Systems, Oxford Energy, Meccanic Shop MDM Motorsports Toyota No. 40 despite having only 15 practice laps.
When they dropped the green, he ran in the top five for most of the first 100 laps before running out of fuel just one lap shy of the race’s mandatory break, putting him a couple of laps down to start the final segment.
On lap 120, while racing back through traffic, he made a mistake and ended up in a crash that ended his night early. Though disappointed, Anthony still managed a smile when he reflected on the events of the day.
“Friday was one of the strangest and most and frustrating race weekends of my career,” he said. “Having a car catch on fire while sitting on pit road got the day off to a weird start. We had to just take a swing at qualifying which went well considering our limited practice time as we qualified fifth. We ran top five for much of the race before running out of fuel one lap short of the second stage break. Our car was very fast after adjustments for the final run and fast enough to be in contention at the end, but we were laps down because of running out of fuel. When I was working my way back through the field and passing slower cars, I made a mistake that ended our night early which is the last thing I wanted to happen at that point. I guess you have weekends like that in this sport, so we will just try to get the momentum rolling again with a solid run at Watkins Glen this weekend.”
The Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 takes the green at 4:45 pm this Friday, August 3 at Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen, New York. Tape-delayed coverage will take place on NBC Sports Network on Wednesday, August 8 at 6 pm Eastern.