By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
For the first time in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, Jordan Anderson has scored a top-10 finish at Daytona International Speedway. Anderson, who was in his debut race as a driver-owner, avoided multiple incidents on his way to finish ninth in the NextEra Energy Resources 250.
Anderson’s No. 3 Jacob Companies Toyota Tundra was one of nine trucks that made up the lead pack in the final laps of the race. On the final lap, he was running inside the top-five, in position to possibly make a bid for the checkered flag. As the field raced towards the checkered, Anderson was clipped by Scott Lagasse, Jr.’s Chevrolet, sending him spinning. Somehow, he was able to keep his Jordan Anderson Racing Tundra in one piece.
With 20 laps to go, Anderson narrowly escaped another incident. Contact between Clay Greenfield and Matt Crafton sent Greenfield violently into the outside wall. Bryan Dauzat, Korbin Forrister, and others spun in front of and around Anderson in the chaos. The No. 3 Toyota Tundra somehow emerged from the smoke unscathed.
The ninth-place finish is not just Anderson’s first top-10 finish, but also his best career finish. Previously, his best finish was 11th at Gateway Motorsports Park in 2016 while he was competing for Bolen Motorsports. The ninth-place finish also leaves Anderson tied for ninth in the Championship Points standings with Cody Coughlin, 31-points behind race-winner Johnny Sauter.
Anderson has become a journeyman in recent years. Previously he has worked at auto body shops, car dealerships, and parking lots on his way from track to track. Last year the Forest Acres, SC native had just a single truck to work with throughout the entire season.
Anderson Tweeted his enthusiasm after scoring his first top-10,
We got our first top 10!!! At Daytona of all places!
Absolutely blessed to have so many incredible people in my life. Thank you all for helping to make this a reality. pic.twitter.com/h7Uv4nehEj
— Jordan Anderson (@j66anderson) February 17, 2018
Now Anderson will pack up and continue his journey as the Truck Series moves on to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Active Pest Control 200 Saturday, February 24.