Brandon Jones’ Late-Race Efforts Cut Short at Phoenix

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – Lucas Oil 150
November 7, 2014 – Phoenix International Raceway
Brandon Jones, No. 33 Russell / ColdZone Refrigeration Chevrolet Silverado

Brandon Jones led the way for GMS Racing in the Lucas Oil 150 with a 12th-place finish at the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Originally scheduled for 150 laps, the race was shortened to 126 circuits after failures in the power grid brought an early end to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ (NCWTS) penultimate event.

Jones’ first NCWTS start at PIR began from the 16th position, and was immediately slowed by a caution flag on Lap One. The 17-year-old patiently endured the ensuing 17 lap caution, and restarted 16th on Lap 19. The race’s disorderly start would continue, as Jones was forced to take evasive action to elude multi-truck incidents on Lap 22 and Lap 28. After an eight lap green flag run that ended with a caution on Lap 42, Jones radioed his crew that his No. 33 Russell / ColdZone Refrigeration Chevrolet felt “really good.”

Jones restarted 10th on Lap 46, and comfortably ran inside the top 15 throughout the race’s only extended green-flag run. On Lap 67 Jones reported to crew chief Shane Huffman that he was “really aero tight” in traffic, which hindered his forward progress. When green flag pit stops began, Jones inherited ninth position before making his pit stop on Lap 88. Huffman gave Jones four tires, fuel, and air pressure adjustments to alleviate the tight handling condition. On Lap 101, an inopportune caution flag trapped Jones a lap down in 12th position before the complete cycle of pit stops had completed.

From the Lap 111 restart, Jones focused on earning the “Lucky Dog” award to regain his lap. Under the Lap 114 caution, Jones reported that the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado was “really good” and had a neutral balance. By running in the 12th position on the restart at Lap 119, Jones was in the “Lucky Dog” position as the first truck one lap down. On Lap 126, failures in the local power grid caused the track lights to suddenly dim and brought out the yellow flag. The caution would put the Georgia native back on the lead lap, but unfortunately brought the Lucas Oil 150 to a premature conclusion. Jones was credited with a 12th-place finish, his second best result in five NCWTS starts this season.

We had a great Russell / ColdZone Refrigeration Chevrolet near the end. We fired off pretty good at the start, and better than what I expected. We got a little tight, but Shane (Huffman) got it freed back up with the adjustments. We just got aero-tight in traffic and it kept wanting to shove the nose. We made some great gains near the end on the last pit stop and needed to restart the race to move towards the top-10. I want to thank everyone at GMS Racing. We had a great truck tonight, and felt like we could race our way well inside the top-10. – Brandon Jones

About GMS Racing
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GMS Racing, LLC, formerly known as Gallagher Motorsports, is currently fielding multiple teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) as well as in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series with drivers Joey Coulter, Grant Enfinger, Spencer Gallagher, and Max Gresham. With Chevrolet support, GMS Racing operates out of a 32,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility located in Charlotte, N.C. For more information on GMS Racing, visit www.gmsracing.net.