Brandon Jones and the No. 33 Okuma Chevrolet Camaro at Phoenix International Raceway
Jones will be making his second NASCAR XFINITY Series start at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway. Jones started eighth and finished 11th at Phoenix earlier this year. He also has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series West start at PIR.
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Rearview Mirror: Texas
Jones had an up-and-down day Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, driving the No. 33 South Point Chevrolet. Jones was hit from behind on the initial start of the race and forced to pit for repairs under the first caution. The XFINITY Series rookie raced his way back into the top-15, but fell multiple laps down when a caution flew right after Jones had completed a green flag stop. Unable to catch a break throughout the event, Jones finished the day in the 19th spot.
Meet the Driver
Jones is scheduled to appear at the Rheem Mobile Display in the Fan Zone on Friday, Nov. 11, starting at 12 p.m. local time. He is also slated to appear at the Chevrolet Stage on Saturday, Nov. 12, starting at 1 p.m. local time.
You had an 11th-place run at Phoenix International Raceway earlier this year. How do you get your car to turn the center of the corner when your car is not handling as well as you would like?
“The toughest thing about Phoenix International Raceway is the track has two very different corners. Turns 1 and 2 are very, very tight and have a little bit more banking than Turns 3 and 4 do. Turn 3 and 4 are like a corner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, very wide and sweeping. You can usually get the car working well on one section of the track and it might be a little off on the other section. Trying to figure out where you can pass is how we’ll set the car up for the race. If you think you can be better getting off Turn 4, you’ll work on being better in Turn 3 and 4, and you may give something up at the other end of the track. I have always run well at Phoenix, and expect to do so again with the Okuma Chevrolet Camaro. It’s a fun track to go to and I love going to Arizona, it’s always a blast to be out there in the desert. I think we’ll be even better than we were in March.”
What do you like to do when you visit Arizona around the Phoenix track?
“I just like atmosphere in Arizona. I’m a big fan of the desert mountain ranges. I wish I had stayed out there a little longer earlier this year to spend time riding sand dunes and things like that. That would be a lot of fun. I have never really done anything like that, so maybe we can knock something off the bucket list this time.”