After surviving the “scariest moment” of his racing career, NASCAR driver Jordan Anderson is certain “God’s hand was protecting me through that one.”
Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway less than an hour outside Birmingham, Alabama, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevy Silverado 250 was underway and in its 19th lap when 31-year-old Anderson’s #3 truck was seen igniting from the fourth place position.
Within seconds of the vehicle catching fire, he could be seen clearing the netting from the window as the truck was drifting wildly and as he managed to steer toward an interior wall, Anderson had already begun climbing out, narrowly avoiding being pinned as the crash occurred. His truck had barely come to a complete stop when he was already out, atop the wall, and heading away from the burning wreck.
NASCAR reports that Jordan Anderson is awake and alert after this scary crash at Talladega. pic.twitter.com/z3qe4VpWWz
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) October 1, 2022
Emergency crews were on the scene seconds later and, after initial treatment at the infield care center, it wasn’t long before Anderson was loaded onto a helicopter to be airlifted to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital for medical treatment.
The helicopter heads toward the hospital. 🙏🏻
— Noah Lewis (@Noah_Lewis1) October 1, 2022
A few hours later, Anderson, who is the owner of his small team and had been celebrating his career-best ninth place qualifier at Talladega just the day prior, was providing an update on his condition from his hospital and thanking God for protecting him during the crash.
“So grateful for all the prayers and support. Have been in some great hands with all the NASCAR and UAB nurses and doctors,” he wrote. “No doubt God’s hand was protecting me through that one. Scariest moment of my racing career by far.”
— Jordan Anderson (@j66anderson) October 1, 2022
On his condition, the driver went on to report that despite second-degree burns he would be discharged later that night to go home and heal,
“Ended up with second degree burns across my neck, face, right arm, hands and both knees. Getting cleared to go home tonight. Doctors say everything should be healing up within a few weeks. Will keep everyone updated on the healing process but just thankful it wasn’t worse.”
Supporters of Anderson were also grateful to learn of his relatively minor injuries when his life was in danger.
I’m very grateful that you are not hurt anymore than you are. It was awful to see. I have had 2nd & 3rd degree burns on both arms and know what some of what you are going through right now. But if you have the right doctors and family behind you this pass. ❤
— J. A. Gilbert (@ldyledft) October 2, 2022
Man, I’m so happy to read this. That was one of the scariest things I’ve seen watching racing live. Made me sick to my stomach wondering what you were going through. Heal up fast!
— Nick (@nweaver45) October 2, 2022
I’m glad you’re okay, the scariest part watching it live was you hitting the wall while climbing out of the truck, I’m just glad you’re okay, heal up quickly
— Joey PunGodFromOhio Moyer (@joeydanielmoyer) October 3, 2022
Man, that was legitimately frightening! Take whatever time you need to fully heal. See you back at the track after that.
— Nicholas Bianco (@chem_prof_nick) October 1, 2022
Wonderful news. That was terrifying to watch. Fast thinking and reaction kept it from being so much worse.
— Kelly (@sheshe41463) October 2, 2022
Anderson’s crash wasn’t the only drama at Talladega Saturday as the race ultimately went into overtime and a lengthy review was needed to determine whether Bret Holmes or Matt DiBenedetto had secured the victory.
Ultimately, it was determined that while Holmes had crossed the finish line slightly ahead of DiBenedetto, the latter was the victor having led the pack when the caution flag was waved following a crash from the middle of the pack. The final lap was the only one that DiBenedetto led for the duration of the race when he claimed his first ever NASCAR victory.
— Talladega Superspeedway (@TALLADEGA) October 3, 2022
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