DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway already taking place, most drivers fly in and out of town. Alternatively, Jordan Anderson drove down to Daytona Beach. The South Carolina native is no stranger to driving his race trucks to tracks but his race team is in a better scenario this season than they were last year.
This time a year ago, Anderson only had two race trucks and were hauling their trucks from a pick-up truck pulling a small trailer, focused on finishing races and taking care of their budget. That has not changed much, but Anderson is excited about his team’s new alliance with GMS Racing.
“We have definitely stepped up.” Anderson told POPULAR SPEED. “We bought two older trucks from GMS to try and help our program step up so we’re now up to seven trucks. This time last year we only had two trucks, a superspeedway and intermediate truck. We are slowly but surely building the program up. We also have a new hauler, and everyone is working super hard to get everything built up.”
Anderson’s race team is looking to build off the new alliance. The partnership has helped scientifically, and one example is that this season Anderson is running strictly the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.
Last season, the team ran a mixture of both Silverado’s and Toyota Tundra’s but during the winter, GMS helped them convert their Daytona truck from a Tundra to Silverado.
“They are helping us out with our pull down.” Anderson said. “They have been helping us out with our set up builds so I think in the long run it is going to be a big asset for us. All our trucks are still really different than what their trucks are, so we are trying to streamline that process, change our lowers and move to what kind of spindles they have, and it just takes time and money to get it all switched over.”
As bigger teams worry about stage points throughout the race, Anderson is solely focused on finishing strong. For a small team like his, strong results bring in more purse money and that is how they will be able to fully transition with the GMS alliance.
“I’m excited about our chances this year to step our program up in the field.” Anderson said. “We were always a 20-25 place truck last year now were going to hopefully bump it up to a 10-15 place truck. It’s a process, to really go up against the top guys our budget is not anywhere near those guys, but we are trying to step it up.”
Last season, he scored two top-10 finishes and they were both on superspeedway tracks.
“We were the only truck here to finish in the top-10 in both superspeedway races so if we can keep that stat going and go for a third one here I’ll be super happy.” Anderson said. “A lot of guys out there are racing for stage points but for us small teams stage points don’t pay purse money. We have to really be there at the end to get that purse money so that is big for our team to survive and keep growing.”
Anderson aims to grab more top-10 to top-15 finishes in other sized tracks other than superspeedways. A strong finish in an intermediate or short track will add more confidence to building his team.
“You don’t want to set such high expectations that you put yourself in a bad spot but were at the point now that yes, we have eight trucks, but we have four trucks that are complete and the other four are just the chassis and the body.” Anderson said. “The goal for us the first five to six races is to finish every race and try to compete against those guys but not put ourselves in a spot where we tear trucks up. I think if we look at our goals from last season we can say that we just want to improve on that.”
Anderson sets his eyes on improvements this season. He is stoked about the 2019 season and is looking to learn and build off it. His never give up attitude has led his team to growth and become more prosperous in the future.
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