Jordan Anderson has feel good finish at Daytona

By Tim Packman

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – “I love NASCAR, this is what this sport is all about!”

Those were the very words a very jubilant Jordan Anderson said upon exiting his No. 3 self-owned Chevrolet on pit road Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Prior to the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race, Anderson wasn’t one on the “favored to win” of too many.

After starting 23rd, Anderson bided his time and avoided several multi-truck incidents during the race. When it went to overtime, he found himself in the top 10 for the restart ready to take advantage of whatever may unfold in front of him.

And, what unfolded was a charge to the outside that put him in the top five on the white flag lap. Running the high side, Anderson made a move to pass leader, and eventual race winner, Grant Enfinger.

Coming out of Turn 4, he did have the lead as a three-wide battle evolved with him, Enfinger in the middle and Codie Rohrbaugh to the inside. Enfinger had no choice but to door slam Anderson to break his momentum and take back the lead.

It worked as Enginger won and Anderson earned second. For the underfunded driver and team, it felt like a victory.

“I came here in 2015 and emptied out my back account to try and race,” a very excited Anderson said. “To be in a position to even go for a win at Daytona is too much. I’m just a kid from South Carolina.

“We have a new sponsor in K Steel and so many others that believed in us. I’m usually not speechless, but God is good. If you look at our race team and the opportunities we’ve had, it’s because believed in what we’re doing.”

During the off season, Anderson made a large financial commitment to have a good truck for Daytona. With a small team and new truck, they came here looking for just a solid result.

“I had to move some money around in this winter to try and buy this truck,” Anderson said. “We knew we needed to be bringing he best truck we could. This sport isn’t easy and I love NASCAR.

“To do this for everyone of my guys and everyone who’s supported us from the biggest to the smallest sponsor through the years is great.

“All of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter, all you guys in America that keep me going this is for you. The journey isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.”

 

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