Looking For A Top Finish At Talladega

This Week’s Nexteer Chevrolet Camaro at Talladega Superspeedway
Brandon Jones has one previous NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Talladega Superspeedway, as he competed at the 2.66-mile track last season and led 36 laps of the event before finishing in the top-20. The 20-year-old driver also has one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the track, where he started 13th and finished second, and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start, in which he finished fourth. Jones, who captured the pole award at Daytona International Speedway earlier this season, will be looking for a similar start at Talladega this weekend.

Meet Brandon Jones
Fans of Jones have a couple of opportunities to meet the driver this weekend. Jones will participate alongside his competitors in the XFINITY Series autograph session on Friday, May 5 starting at 2:30 p.m. local time. After that, fans can catch Jones as he sits down for a Q&A at the Team Chevy stage starting at 3:30 p.m. local time on Friday, May 5.

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We now go from a couple of weekends at short tracks to the biggest one of them all at Talladega Superspeedway. Racing there can be mentally draining on drivers, what’s it like for you?

“Your brain is definitely tired after racing at Talladega. There’s a lot of planning that goes on at 200 miles per hour for the entire length of the race. We were good on speed earlier at Daytona and I managed to get my first pole there, so I’m hoping we can back that up at Talladega and have another fast No. 33 Nexteer Chevrolet this weekend. Talladega has been a track for me that I’ve been better at than Daytona during the actual race. I’ve had a couple shots to win at Talladega back in the Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series, so I’m hoping for another chance to get in to Victory Lane this weekend.”

Everyone thinks a superspeedway is a superspeedway, but how does Talladega differ from Daytona?

“Talladega is a lot wider and more worn out than Daytona is. There are a lot more bumps at Talladega as well, but you can also see a lot more of the track too. There is a lot more room to duck down on the backstretch and kind of see where you’re at. When you’re in a pack racing like that you normally can’t see more than what’s right in front of you, or maybe one car-length beyond that, so being able to duck down and see more of what’s in front of you is a key difference between the two.”