Supercars news | Cameron Waters to make NASCAR Truck Series debut with ThorSport at Martinsville

Shane van Gisbergen’s success in NASCAR could be the catalyst for more Supercars drivers to ditch Australia for the United States.

Cameron Waters is the latest driver confirmed to head Stateside to try his hand at stock car racing.

The three-time Bathurst 1000 podium finisher will race in the third-tier Truck Series, which sits below the Cup Series and Xfinity Series.

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Waters will race a Ford F1-50 for ThorSport Racing at Martinsville Speedway, one of the calendar’s most iconic ovals, in what is currently a one-off appearance.

The 847-metre concrete oval will host the top three divisions of NASCAR, with Waters to contest a 200-lap race on Saturday (AEDT).

Speaking ahead of his debut, Waters said he’s been eagerly awaiting an opportunity after beginning discussions more than a year ago.

“I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time,” said Waters.

“Shane was super lucky with how his stuff all came together and I was super happy for him and how Chicago went was obviously amazing.  

“For me, it’s been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and it’s just great to finally be able to pull something together and do this race.”

Long-term, Waters hopes to race full-time in NASCAR.

However, he concedes his focus is primarily in Australia where he competes for Tickford Racing.

“I’ve wanted to do it for years, but with what I do in Australia has always been my focus and still is my focus, for sure,” said Waters.

“We came to Martinsville 12 months ago and watched a race and that’s what probably sparked a bit more interest in me to pursue it.  

“I’ve just been chipping away in the background over the last 12 months to make something happen like this.

“I definitely have a dream to one day get over here and race full-time NASCAR,” he added.

“To get there it’s such a long journey and I’ve got a pretty cool thing going on in Australia racing Supercars.  

“For me to do the odd NASCAR race like we’re doing this weekend is pretty cool.

“We’ll go through this weekend and have a bit of fun and work out what NASCAR is all about and see what happens in the future.”

Van Gisbergen is the most recent driver to go full-time in NASCAR, driving for Kaulig Racing in the Xfinity Series alongside a part-time Cup Series program.

He will race on Sunday (AEDT) at Martinsville at 9.30am.

Brodie Kostecki made a one-off appearance in the Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2023.

Last year’s Supercars champion was expected to make cameo appearances in the Cup Series this year but has not yet announced a program.

If there’s one thing all the Supercars drivers can agree on, it’s that they want to race more.

Waters often supplements his touring car program with speedway racing while others compete in GT cars.

“It’s totally different to how we go racing in Australia,” said Waters.

“We have 12 weekends a year that we’re racing, where over here you’re racing every weekend. It’s pretty full-on.  

“The style of our racing is totally different. I’ve grown up on a dirt oval background. My dad used to race.  

“I’ve raced sprint cars, late models, modifieds, so oval stuff isn’t new to me, so I wanted to come over and experience the pavement oval.”