DAYTONA BEACH, Fla — Jordan Anderson did exactly what he needed to do on Friday night at the World Center of Speed. The South Carolina native started towards the back and stayed there for a majority of the 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season opener at the Daytona International Speedway.
That was by design. The annual February stop on the 2.5-mile tri-oval can become a bit of a wreck fest. Anderson, 28, drives for an underfunded team and can’t afford to incur much crash damage.
So, he and a group of others would team up and drive in a single file draft, far enough behind the lead group that if chaos ensued, they would be far enough behind to avoid it.
26 of the 32 Trucks were collected in crashes on Friday night and luckily for Anderson, he wasn’t one of them. A big 14 Truck melee in Turn 2 took out most of the top contenders which allowed Anderson to restart upfront for a final dash at the trophy in overtime.
Anderson, charged up towards the win in his No. 3 Chevrolet and nearly defeated the field as he finished runner-up, marking his best career finish. His only other career top 10’s were a ninth in this race in 2018 and a seventh place run at Talladega in October of that year.
While he was happy at the second place result, he wasn’t too happy with race winner Grant Enfinger dooring him through the tri-oval for the win.
“Man, there’s not too many opportunities — I’m getting to see the replay here for the first time — that you get to go for your win,” Anderson said. “Grant, what are you doing door slamming me, man? I’m almost speechless for words.”
Anderson noted that he’s literally put everything that he’s had into this Truck team to make it and five years later, he’s leaving Daytona with the closest defeat in the races’ history (.010-seconds).
“I came here 2015 and emptied my bank account to try to come down here and run, and to be in a position to even go for a win at Daytona, man, I’m a kid that just wanted to go racing from South Carolina.
“Wally Rogers and all my guys, John Bommarito and everybody at the Bommarito Automotive Group, we’ve got K-Seal, a new sponsor, first time with us. Capital City Towing, so many people, Randy Knight, that believe in us. You know me, man, I’m usually not speechless, but God is good.
“When you look at our race team and the opportunities that we’ve had, and it’s just because people have come in and believed in what we’re doing and what we’re trying to do and God has put the right people in our path, and all you guys that follow me, man, on Facebook and Twitter, all you guys in America, it’s truck night in America that keep me going, man. The journey isn’t easy but it’s worth it. Embrace the journey.
“I thought I set him up good. We tried to follow Ross to push him and I know he got loose, and I got on Grant’s bumper there coming off of 4 and got a good run. I’m like, man, this is like NASCAR Thunder 2003 all over again. I’m like, I can do this, and I pushed him out of the way. I’m like, I thought we had it, but this is — to try to put into words what this means for our team, I had to move some money around this winter just to get through to buy this truck, and we knew that we needed to bring the best truck we could, and this sport isn’t easy and I love NASCAR, I love this sport. This is what NASCAR is about, man, and to do this for every single one of my guys and everybody that’s supported us from the biggest sponsor to the smallest sponsor, I know I’m talking more than I should, FS1, Mark Smith, I’m sorry, but man, I love you guys. This is (screams) — Daytona, we almost won!”