NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver and a fan favorite, Jordan Anderson, has had a tough start to his 2017 season.
Anderson spent much of December 2016 on his couch sending out e-mails and making phone calls to try and secure a ride for the upcoming season. Ultimately, Anderson decided to call up Mike Harmon, who he drove for in 2015, to bring the No. 74 truck to Daytona to attempt to make the field for the NextEra Energy Resources 250. Anderson has said on social media that they worked and worked for two weeks and at one point he was up for about 52 hours straight working on the truck because they were able to secure a motor. However, Daytona proved to be a struggle for Anderson who failed to qualify for the race.
However, Anderson would return to the track this weekend for the Active Pest Control 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Anderson qualified 28th and stayed out of trouble for most of the race, even earning the free pass at one point. Trouble wouldn’t allude Anderson much longer because on lap 104 he was involved in an accident when Korbin Forrister got into the back of Anderson sending him into the wall, sideways and into the grass. Anderson’s truck would lift up off the ground enough to the point that many thought he would flip.
The truck was the only one Anderson had so unless he finds another one, his season is likely over.
“It’s very frustrating, I can only hope somebody out there is listening, a sponsor who can provide some help with the truck.” Anderson said.
After the race, Anderson expressed his thanks to fans on Twitter, “thanks for all the kind tweets and messages guys. I’m more heartbroken than anything with all the hard work & sacrifice it took to get here. I give everything I have to be in this sport and to make things happen and to just get taken out & lose our only truck is a huge blow.”
Many fans have expressed heartbreak for Anderson throughout social media. He’s a well-liked guy so going forward and we’ll have to see what happens. Hopefully he can find some sponsorship to keep running in the Camping World Truck Series.
He will find some help if Max Papis has anything to say about it.
If someone is out there who loves RACING reach out to @j66anderson to sponsor him ..I'll do what I can on my side
— Max Papis (@maxpapis) March 4, 2017
Can Anderson find some sponsorship before The Camping World Truck Series next race? We will have to see what unfolds, but there is only one Truck race on the schedule between now and May 12th.
The next race for the NCWTS will be April 1st, at Martinsville Speedway. In a sport that depends on sponsorship to run races this may give Anderson some time to secure something.