By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Lap 54 was the moment an intense NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway turned into a nightmare for 11 drivers, including Jordan Anderson, who’s predicament is worse than most considering the circumstances of his own team.
Coming off Turn 3, Anderson, who was running on the bottom, was drafting with Cory Roper and running inside the top-five until he began bottoming out and the rest of the draft caught up to him.
As the field bunched up, Anderson was losing ground and was then bumped from behind by Sheldon Creed, sending his No. 3 Chevrolet into the wall at full force, starting the ripple effect that took out former champions Brett Moffitt and Johnny Sauter, and young guns such as Myatt Snider.
“I just hate it,” Anderson on the pileup. “We really rode the first part of the race and we were running in fifth for a while for a few laps. I heard the second group that Johnny got back going was trying to jump up there and time it right.
“We’ve bottom down real hard in the center of (Turns) 3 and 4. Couple of things just went wrong. I’ve bottomed out and lost the momentum. That group had a really good run and just didn’t timed it right.”
Once the dust settled, Anderson got out of his battered truck, feeling the pain of the heavy blow as he held his stomach while walking to the ambulance. Fortunately, there was no concerns by Anderson as he was checked and released from the care center.
“I’m all good. Thankfully these race trucks have done a good job at keeping us safe. That’s probably the hardest hit I’ve ever had,” said Anderson. “I’ve been racing for a long time and had some hard hits. But that one was a really hard one, and it just knocked the breath out of me. The seatbelt, HANS and helmets did their job, but it took me a second to catch my breath there.”
While okay, the consequences of being involved in a huge wreck impacted Anderson the most as its his only superspeedway truck and will now have to go back into the body shop to see if anything can be salvaged before running at Talladega later in the season.
“I just hate seeing a lot of wrecked trucks torn up and hate it for us,” said Anderson. “That’s our only superspeedway truck, so we got to see what we can salvage out of the thing and try to get ready for Talladega.”
Anderson will be credited with a 25th place result.