Waters details NASCAR ambition after flying visit

17 Apr 2023
'I'd love to have a crack in one'
2 mins by James Pavey

Tickford Racing Supercars star Cam Waters would one day "love to have a crack" in NASCAR machinery after a flying visit Stateside.

Waters was a keen onlooker at last weekend’s NASCAR event at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.

The Ford driver watched both the Xfinity Series race on Saturday and Cup Series race on Sunday.

Saturday’s race was won by Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota’s John Hunter Nemechek, with 2021 Cup champion Kyle Larson winning on Sunday.

Waters got up close and personal with NASCAR machinery, and posted a photo of himself alongside Riley Herbst’s Monster Energy-backed Ford Xfinity car.

The two-time Supercars runner-up has been backed by Monster in the main game since 2017.

The Martinsville cameo was Waters’ first NASCAR event trackside, and the Supercars ace liked what he saw.

'I'd love to have a crack in one'

"It was great to get to my first NASCAR event and see how they go racing," Waters told Supercars.com.

"I’ve followed it for a long time but never had the chance to get over and see it in person.”

When asked if he wanted to race one one day, Waters added: "I like racing different cars and series, so 100 per cent I’d love to have a crack in one."

Waters has previously expressed interest in competing in speedway events Stateside, having supplemented Supercars commitments with Sprintcar racing.


The Mildura-born driver finished second in the main event in Warrnambool a week after the Thrifty Newcastle 500.

A Supercars/NASCAR crossover made headlines last year when Shane van Gisbergen revealed talks with a team.

Van Gisbergen has been linked to Trackhouse Racing Team boss Justin Marks, who created the Project91 programme.

Waters has also made major strides in speedway racing Pic: Ebony McQuinn

Project91 is aimed at encouraging international stars to NASCAR, and has lured the likes of Kimi Raikkonen.

Current series leader Brodie Kostecki also has roots in NASCAR, having competed Stateside prior to his return home to race in Supercars.

Van Gisbergen and Kostecki have also recently competed in speedway events, Kostecki as recently as the weekend.

Waters’ odds of a future NASCAR appearance would likely be backed by Ford, which has a significant presence in all three tiers of NASCAR.

"NASCAR race weekends are a lot different to Supercars in some ways and similar in others,” said Waters, who signed a multi-year deal with Tickford in late 2021.

"They race hard but fairly, and the formats of how their weekend is set up is very different.”

The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will resume at the Bosch Power Tools Perth SuperSprint on April 28-30.

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