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Jordan Anderson, a native of Forest Acres, is asking race fans to help him get back onto the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
At Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Anderson was caught up in an accident that sent him through the frontstretch grass, destroying the front end of his No. 12 Lucas Oil/Knight Fire Protection Chevrolet. Anderson was less than 30 laps from the finish of the Active Pest Control 200, the second race on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, when the accident occurred. With very limited resources, Anderson is now asking his fans to help him rebuild a new truck by donating to www.sponsorjordan.com.
"This goal here is to help us to get a truck," Anderson said. "We've got the ability to run the next race, it's just the truck from Atlanta was torn up. We had a really good run going. That's an old chassis, it's an old body and we had an old motor in that thing. We hung on the lead lap for the whole race there in Atlanta and just got taken out by another guy that wasn't on the same lap as we were. It's just really an unfortunate situation.
"Most of the other guys that are out there know the situation of our small team, and I try to race those guys with respect and show them respect and hopefully get the same respect back from those guys, because I think that was what the sport was really built on, and it just really kind of put us in a pinch, because when I got spun out, and hit the grass, the splitter dug in."
The Atlanta truck would be difficult to fix affordably, so the team is hoping that they can purchase a new one before the next race at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, April 1. In recent years, Anderson has been one of the few South Carolinas to compete in one of NASCAR's top-three national series, and he has certainly proven his self on the track. Out of his 38 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 15 of them have been top-20 finishes. His best finish came at Gateway Motorsports Park last season, when he crossed the finish line in 11th. Anderson has even started seven races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
"I love NASCAR," Anderson said. "I love the sport. I've been very fortunate to have opportunities to be in the Track Series and XFINITY Series and have some really good runs, and it has always been done on a very shoestring budget, and I kind of pride myself on being the people of the driver. There are so many fans out there that love the throwback days of the sport, and that's kind of really what I stand for. Being able to go out there and work on my own truck and hustle tires and drive the hauler to the racetrack, I don't see that as an unfortunate situation."
Following Saturday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, fans, media and even drivers flooded social media, particularly on Twitter to support Anderson and his efforts to continue racing this season. Even driver, Max Papis tweeted, "If someone is out there who loves RACING reach out to @J66anderson to sponsor him…I'll do what I can on my side". The overwhelming support on social media has given Anderson even more motivation to push forward in his career.
"It's really cool and so many fans have done that," said Anderson on the continued support within the NASCAR industry. "Nate Ryan retweeted it. Dave Burns and some of those other guys, Kenny Wallace retweeted it. To have the support of so many people in the sport, it's really humbling, and I'm very grateful to have their support from the people who say those things, and I actually talked to my mom earlier, and I said 'there's no more motivation for me to keep digging, then all of these people on social media'. That's what's so cool about our sport is nowadays."