Getty Images

Jordan Anderson plans to compete full-time in Truck Series

Leave a comment

Jordan Anderson announced Wednesday he will compete full-time in the Camping World Truck Series for himself.

Anderson will drive the No. 3 for Jordan Anderson Racing. He will receive support from Niece Motorsports and will run a spec engine.

On SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “Tradin’ Paint,” Anderson said he originally thought about driving the No. 7 to honor the late Alan Kulwicki.

While the No. 3 is synonymous with seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, Anderson was inspired to race the number based on Junior Johnson’s history with it.

Anderson has four trucks and will drive a Toyota at restrictor-plate races and a Chevrolet at intermediate and short tracks. He also acquired a Ford truck from the now defunct Brad Keselowski Racing.

“The deal with manufacturers for us just came down to dollars and cents,” Anderson said. “Before this year I wouldn’t have made the moves in acquiring those trucks because it would have made no sense to have one Toyota motor, one Ford motor and a Chevrolet motor. But now with this Ilmor (spec) motor, you can run this motor in the truck you race and it doesn’t have to be manufacturer specific.”

Last year, Anderson competed the entire season with one truck. He crowdfunded support from fans in order to compete after his Truck was wrecked in the second race of the year at Atlanta.

Anderson’s sponsors will include Lucas Oil, Bommarito Automotive Group, LTi Printing, Jacob Companies and Knight Fire.

The 26-year-old driver has 57 starts in the Truck Series since 2014. Last season he started 20 of 23 races.

His career-best finish is 11th at Gateway Motorsports Park in 2016.

 and on Facebook

Jordan Anderson asks fans for help to build new truck after Atlanta crash

Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Jordan Anderson needs the help of NASCAR fans.

Last Saturday, Anderson’s No. 12 Chevrolet was involved in a two-truck crash on Lap 102 of the Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Anderson’s truck, owned by Rick Ware, was badly damaged after taking a trip through the frontstretch grass and was eliminated from the race.

Now Anderson, 26, is seeking to build another truck to continue with his season. He has relaunched his website in order to raise funds. Anderson used the website during the 2016 season.

On the website, fans can help Anderson out by donating at specific monetary levels and receiving special gifts in exchange.

Similar to the websites Patreon and Kickstarter, the levels range from “Green Flag” ($20) to “Premier” ($5,000).

“Having grown up as a middle-class kid in Columbia, S.C., and wanting to one day become a NASCAR driver, I’ve had to work and fight for every opportunity that has come my way,” Anderson said on the website. “The whole reason I have been able to move from Go-Karts, to Dirt Late Models, to Daytona – has been because of their belief in me and what it is I am trying to do in a sport that I love so much. Your support means the world to this underdog; I’m looking forward to having you join the team.”

 and on Facebook

Ford EcoBoost 300: Anderson’s car goes up in flames after Reed’s flat tire

(Getty Images)
Leave a comment

Jordan Anderson‘s car went up in flames on Lap 137 after running into the rear of Jeremy Clements car in Saturday’s season-ending Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Ryan Reed started the incident when he spun after suffering a flat tire.

Clements slowed and Anderson could not avoid him, suffering heavy damage to the front end in the process and setting his car on fire.

All drivers were uninjured.



Follow @JerryBonkowski

Tommy Joe Martins providing unique perspective in blog

Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images
1 Comment

What started out as race recaps have become a must-read blog by Tommy Joe Martins.

Driver of the Martins Motorsports No. 44 Chevrolet in the Camping World Truck Series, Martins posted an entry June 17 after the Texas race that took off on social media. Titled Relevance, Martins revealed his mindset each weekend and how hard the sport is for an underfunded team.

Reaction to his blog has been mostly positive. Fans on social media have expressed an interest in reading, and Martins hopes he’s giving them what they want. Some drivers have expressed their support.

“Especially from guys kind of in the same situation as me, or maybe who are driving for smaller underfunded teams,” Martins told NBC Sports. “Maybe I’m equipped to kind of speak for us as a group in that sense because I’ve kind of been a knockaround guy out here for a little while now. I’ve never really driven for a team that had the capability of running up front.

“So guys like me or Ryan Ellis, or a few of those other guys in the back, maybe I’m equipped a little better to tell those stories. I think it’s resonated with a lot of the mechanics and drivers in my same situation.”

The idea behind the entries was born from a disdain for press releases.

“I think press releases are the most useless, terrible writing in the history of the world, and that’s what all the teams are doing, especially the big ones,” Martins said. “That’s no fault of the PR person; there’s just a format to it. They write about, ‘Well, this is what happened,’ and ‘On Lap 72, we changed tires,’ and there just wasn’t much to it, and every one of them seems like it’s the exact same thing.

“You have a quote from the driver that’s probably made up, or they probably didn’t say it, and writing the thing in third person is just not very good to me. It’s not very entertaining.”

With a degree in journalism from Ole Miss, Martins always has enjoyed writing. Blogging has been an easy venture, though Martins has an extra set of eyes look over each article.

“I’ve got an editor that’s a friend of mine from college named Alex McDaniel, and she works for Gridiron Now, and she’s done a lot of stuff with Parade magazine,” Martins said. “I have her look over the article before I post it, and I basically write whatever I want to write.”

There are some things Martins will not get into.

Well-spoken and passionate about the sport, as well as his place in it, do not expect Martins to take any shots at NASCAR. There are areas he would like to see changed, and he would like to see NASCAR handle some things differently, but as a competitor, Martins will play it smart.

“Quite frankly, we’re poor, and we can’t really afford for me to get fined, so I can’t do some things that maybe I’d like to do,” he said. “But those are minor things. For the most part has it been tough? No, it really hasn’t been. It hasn’t been difficult. The first blog was the easiest one just because I think it flowed. I wrote that whole article in 30 minutes, and that was a pretty long one.”

But there have been those he unintentionally rubbed the wrong way.

“That first article I talked about a really kind of taboo thing, the money involved in the sport, and I think that’s something that people don’t really like to talk about, which I don’t really know why,” Martins said. “I think it’s pretty obvious nobody poor is going to make it in this sport anymore. We don’t really have to dance around that, and I called some people out because I feel like they generally tried to make themselves out a lot [poorer] than they really are.”

Jordan Anderson was one driver who took offense, leading to a conversation between the two.

“He said, ‘Hey man, I don’t know if I like you anymore because you wrote that article and said basically we’re spending more money than you and we’re not spending much money at all,’ ” Martins said. “Jordan is a nice guy, and I love Jordan. Basically, I’m racing with him every week we’re side by side a lot, so I’m not trying to rub anybody the wrong way. I just said what I thought was the truth and how I perceived everything, and especially how the guys in the garage perceived it. So I wasn’t trying to rub anybody the wrong way.”

With the fun he’s been having, Martins has no plans to stop his blog.

Follow @KellyCrandall

Joey Logano donates to flood rebuilding, domestic violence shelter

Leave a comment

Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano has spent the week following his Charlotte win giving back.

The Team Penske driver made two different donations this week, to the flood rebuilding efforts in South Carolina and to a domestic violence center in Martinsville, Va.

With Jordan Anderson, a Camping World Truck Series driver from Forest Acres, S.C., Logano visited Columbia, S.C., to view flood damaged areas and thank rescue workers and volunteers for their efforts.

In addition to his visit, Logano and his foundation made a $50,000 donation to flood relief efforts.

“It’s important that we continue to be aware of what people are going through in Columbia and throughout the state of South Carolina,” Logano said in a release. “Just because the floods have receded and the rivers have crested, doesn’t mean there still isn’t work left to be done. Many people are still in need of food and drinking water. Facilities vital to the city are still in need of repair. That’s why Jordan and I are here. If we can bring attention to these needs, we’re happy to do it.”

The donation is paired with another Logano made in the town that’s home to Martinsville Speedway. The Joey Logano Foundation, as part of Logano’s Chasing Second Chances program, donated $7,000 toward the installation of a new roof at the Martinsville and Henry County Domestic Violence Shelter.

The donation, which also includes 100 personal hygiene kits, comes as October is domestic violence awareness month.

“When we found Citizens Against Family Violence (the program that runs the shelter) and learned about the shelter, we knew it was a great fit,” Logano said in a release. “The Martinsville community was hit hard during the recession and when a community has unemployment numbers over 20 percent, non-profits have a hard time raising the funds they need.”

Warren Rogers, the director of the program, said the new roof would not have been possible without the help of Logano’s foundation.

“It blew my mind. It was like a gift from God,” Rogers said. “Repairs like that are not funded by our state grant and require a considerable amount of fundraising.”

To make your own donation in support of the flood relief efforts, visit Citizens Against Family Violence offers a 24 hour hotline for any victim of sexual or domestic violence. To receive help, call 276.632.8701.