Brandon Jones and the No. 33 South Point Chevrolet Camaro at Texas Motor Speedway
Jones will be making his second NASCAR XFINITY Series start at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. Jones started ninth and finished ninth at Texas in April. He has an average finish of 11.6 on 1.5-mile tracks so far in 2016.
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Rearview Mirror: Kansas
Starting 14th, Jones quickly worked his way into contention in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro. Racing for much of the day in the top 10, he overcame contact with another car and contact with the wall to finish the day eighth, which was his 12th top-10 finish of the season.
Meet the Driver
The XFINITY Series rookie is scheduled to appear at the Rheem Mobile Display in the Fan Zone on Friday, Nov. 4, starting at 12 p.m. CT. Jones will also be at the Chevrolet Stage on Saturday, Nov. 5, starting at 11:30 a.m. CT for a fan question-and-answer session.
You had a ninth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year. What is it about that track that suits your style and what does it take to go fast around Texas?
“Texas Motor Speedway is always a fun track to go back to. I really enjoy going to the state of Texas in general, it’s a cool area. The track is a lot like the other mile-and-a-half tracks, especially Charlotte Motor Speedway. You typically get long green flag runs, so you work on your car to be good on the long runs. That’s what crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. and the entire No. 33 South Point Chevrolet team strive to do there. Typically you get a 50- to a 90-lap run with green flag stops. I am usually pretty good when we get single file and logging laps. I’m usually very consistent whenever we have longer runs like that.”
Texas Motor Speedway is a relatively bumpy track, do the bumps really make that big of a difference?
“The bumps can definitely be challenging, but that depends on how your car is set up. If the car is too loose and the car goes over one of the bumps it can certainly make it worse at times. Or vice versa, if your car is tight it will get even tighter when you hit a bump. Working around the bumps is a challenge and you have to work your car around the different grooves so that you hit the bumps just right to make your car work over them. It throws a little bit of a curveball at us, but it is fun at the same time.