Brandon Jones and the No. 33 Eljer / Menards Chevrolet Camaro at Kansas Speedway
Jones will be making his first start at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series during Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300. While this will be Jones’ first Kansas start in the NXS, the driver of the No. 33 Eljer / Menards Chevrolet has an average finish of 12.0 on 1.5-mile tracks this season.
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Meet the Driver
The XFINITY Series rookie is scheduled to appear at the Chevrolet Stage on Saturday, Oct. 15, starting at 10:15 a.m. CT for a fan question-and-answer session.
You will be making your first XFINITY Series start at Kansas Speedway this weekend, but what do you know about what it takes to go fast around there?
“Kansas Speedway was my first 1.5-mile race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last year. I was a little over my head that weekend. It was the first time I had experienced a track like that, with the aerodynamics coming into play so much. I ended up busting my butt and wrecking pretty early in that race. I did take away a lot from that experience, though. We were running pretty fast, but we were also too free as well. With more experience, I now have a much better understanding of how we need the car to handle when working on our setup at these types of tracks. I am looking forward to getting back there with the Eljer/Menards Chevrolet to see what we can do.”
Kansas Speedway seems to be a track where some drivers just get it and others don’t. What is it about that track that makes it different than other 1.5-mile tracks?
“It just sneaks up on you. You’ll be going along and think the car is going to hold the corner with all the throttle you’re giving it, and all of a sudden it just kicks loose or it gets way too tight. However the car is handling, it just seems to amplify the situation at Kansas Speedway and you don’t really have time to react.”
How does your approach to the rest of the season change now that you are not in Chase contention?
“I am disappointed we didn’t advance to this round of the XFINITY Series Chase, but am proud we were a part of the inaugural Chase group. We’ll just have to play everything by ear. You have to race smart around those drivers that did advance, because you don’t want to ruin their day. At the same time, we can still advance ourselves a little bit. We’re still going to go race the same way we’ve been racing all year and try and grab a win in these final four events.”