No expectations for Waters in NASCAR debut

04 Apr
Cam Waters reveals Aussie backing for NASCAR Truck Series debut
3 mins by James Pavey
  • No expectations for Cam Waters in NASCAR debut

  • TRADIE lends support to Waters' Martinsville debut

  • Waters sets sights on resurrecting Supercars campaign

Cam Waters has placed no expectations on himself in his NASCAR Truck Series debut, but already has his eye on getting his Supercars title campaign back on track.

Waters will race a TRADIE-backed Ford F-150 in this weekend’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

The Supercars star will compete for ThorSport Racing, with Waters also becoming a brand ambassador for TRADIE.

TRADIE is no stranger to Supercars, backing a full-time Tickford Racing Ford in 2022 and 2023, before backing David Reynolds and Team 18 in 2024 with its TRADIE Beer brand.

Waters also welcomes backing from Australian motorsport patrons James Rosenberg and Scott Taylor for this weekend’s race.

Following the Martinsville race, Waters returns to Australia for the ITM Taupo Super400, where he will aim to resurrect his stuttering title campaign.

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Waters has finished no better than fifth in the six races this season, with a costly spindle failure (Bathurst) and crash (Melbourne) putting him over 300 points behind.

“I think Friday night, if we can keep the truck clean, and take in as much as I can, I think that'd be good,” said Waters, who is bracing for a "pretty wild" race.

"I've kind of got no expectations. I don't really know how I'm going to go. It's going to be kind of jumping in the deep end, so to speak, with the limited practice and not being able to drive the truck beforehand.

"Right now, this is the only thing we've kind of got set in stone. It's kind of hard with my schedule in Australia. I'm going after a championship over there. This race fit in pretty perfectly between AGP and Taupo to fit in a race.

"Really just need to get through this weekend and see how we go and go home, go to New Zealand, and try and win some races over there to get my Supercar championship back on track.”

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Waters has tackled speedways in recent off-seasons, but knows he is in for a challenge, given the limited practice running before Saturday morning’s (AEDT) race.

"I think there's going to be a lot of things which will be challenging. The track's going to be totally different than anything I've ever driven,” he said.

"The tyre's totally different, more power, more weight. So I think just learning the car under you and working out what it likes will be the biggest challenge for me with limited practice.

"So I'm very lucky to have an awesome team around me with so much experience. All the other drivers have been so helpful, giving me tips and whatnot. I've got a lot to take in in a short period of time, but I like the challenge of it.

"So I'm really looking forward to it.”

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