Jordan Anderson To Compete Full Time In NASCAR Camping World Truck Series With Bolen Motorsportsby Hunter Thomas January 27, 2016 0 comments
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Wednesday morning at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, South Carolina’s Jordan Anderson announced that he will compete full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with newly formed team, Bolen Motorsports.
Jordan Anderson will drive for South Carolina Midlands native, Jeff Bolen, owner of the single truck team. The two will be the only South Carolina owner-driver duo competing in NASCAR’s national series.
“We knew from the beginning that we had an opportunity to grow Columbia’s NASCAR legacy with Jordan,” Bolen said.
The 24-year old Forest Acres native will strap into his No. 66 Columbia SC Famously Hot Chevrolet Silverado and kick-off the 2016 season on Friday, February 19 at Daytona International Speedway for the NextEra Energy Resources 250. Columbia Metropolitan CVB and the Columbia Regional Sports Council will sponsor Anderson throughout the season. Columbia SC Famously Hot appeared as the primary sponsor in 2015 during the series’ September visit to Chicagoland Speedway and during the November race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“His story, coupled with his professional demeanor and Columbia being his hometown, really made us stop and consider the possibility of a partnership,” said Bill Ellen, president and CEO of the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism, the umbrella organization for the CVB and Sports Council. “The more we talked with him and the more we came to understand the loyalty of his fans, the more we wanted to link forces.”
Anderson competed in a number of Legends and Pro All-Stars Series (PASS) events early in his career and made the jump to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the end of the 2014 season, competing in the final two events.
“Growing up as a kid in Columbia, my dream was to always compete in the upper ranks of NASCAR,” Anderson said. “From turning my first laps in a Go-Kart around my elementary school to working on my Dirt Late Model in my parents’ backyard – the reason I’ve had the opportunities to progress through the ranks from the dirt tracks to Daytona is thanks to the support of the people in Columbia and the everyday life lessons learned there.”
In 2015, he competed in 17 of the series’ 23 events, accumulating seven top-20 finishes. Anderson’s best finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series came last year when he finished 13th at Michigan international Speedway. In August at Bristol Motor Speedway, Jordan Anderson even made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut.
All season long, Anderson only competed in one truck, and at times, showed up to the racetrack with no pit crew. A “shoestring budget” is beyond an understatement. Anderson, along with his crew chief and a friend or two traveled North America in a dully and was able to compete with some of the country’s most talented teams. At the end of the season, Anderson finished 19th in the series’ point standings and became an inspiration to all who followed him on social media.
“Jordan has an impressive number of engaged social media followers across the country,” said VP of sales and marketing for the Authority, Kelly Barbrey. “His fans, along with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fan base, overlap with our geographical target market. Partnering with Jordan and Bolen Motorsports allows us to capture a diverse and niche market of racing enthusiasts while championing our homegrown talent at the same time. The truck and team’s racing suits will prominently feature our brand. He’s truly a moving billboard that intersects several of our key markets.”
Photo Credit: Brett Flashnick for the Columbia, SC CVB