LOUDON, N.H. – Whether in life or racing, passion is a powerful character trait when it comes to pursuing lifelong dreams.
And passion continues to be the story for second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jordan Anderson, as he continues doing whatever it takes to compete in the series week-in and week-out.
When a blown motor at Chicagoland Speedway last weekend ended Bolen Motorsports’ run of seven top-20 finishes in their last eight races, the team was put in a tight spot. With having to buy another motor to compete with, it looked like they might not make it to the series’ next race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and would have to sit out for a week.
After a humbling post to his social media pages, Anderson reached out to his fans for help to keep his No. 66 entry running.
Thanks to one fan that mentioned the idea of starting a crowdfunding website to Anderson through Twitter, the ever-entrepreneurial driver got creative and pulled an all-nighter on Tuesday. Launching www.SponsorJordan.com, a website he built from scratch, fans were given a way to support Anderson and his team — by way of donations starting at $20, thus getting their names on the truck.
Less than 48 hours later, the fans had loudly voiced their support, taken action and had the team headed north.
Calling the campaign “Fueled By Fans”, the text adorned the quarter panels of Anderson’s No. 66 truck as it raced around the one-mile New Hampshire race track, carrying 118 names on the decklid that were all handwritten by Anderson himself in Sharpie alongside the logos of companies like KnightFire, iSponsorRacing, and TelcoConnect — who all stepped up to help make the weekend possible through the website.
“This blessing has probably been one of the most humbling experiences I’ve ever had in my racing career,” said Anderson. “It takes so much hard work and dedication to stay competing in this sport every week; to see how many fans believe in me and stepped up to help keep me here was absolutely incredible.”
“As I was putting the decals on the truck Friday morning at the track and writing everyone’s names on the decklid, it really sunk in how special of a moment this was. To not only have their support, but to be able to connect with them like this has been really been rewarding. One lady sent a message and said ‘I want to make sure the rent gets paid and I just bought my groceries. But I wanted to give you $20.’ If that doesn’t pull on your heartstrings, nothing will. It meant a lot.”
“I’m just a kid trying to make it in this sport, and anytime you get an opportunity to be on the race track at this level, its an incredible experience.”
Thanks to the hit success of the program and positive feedback from fans, Anderson plans to keep the website and donation program running through the remainder of the season.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 1 with the running of the DC Solar 350 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
CREDIT: Jordan Anderson Racing