NASCAR NCWTS Series –North Carolina Education Lottery 200
May 19, 2017 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
No. 99 Roland Chevrolet Silverado
Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 99 Roland Chevrolet Silverado, was working his way to a top-10 finish in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway before being involved in a race-ending incident on lap 60. The early exit resulted in a 31st-place finish in the N.C. Education Lottery 200 for Jones and the MDM Motorsports team.
Jones took the green flag from the 21st position and quickly began making his way through the field. By lap 15, he had passed six trucks and his lap times were showing consistent speed. The caution flag waved eight laps before the end of Stage 1, where the team opted to pit for four tires and fuel. Jones restarted 13th and gained two positions, resulting in an 11th-place finish in the first Stage of the 134-lap race.
The No. 99 crew chief, Shane Huffman, played into pit-strategy and kept Jones off pit road before the start of Stage 2. After starting the segment from the second position, Jones was able to secure the lead on the restart. However, fresh tires were triumphant and Jones began to fall back through the field. However, the course of Jones’ race was changed on lap 60 when there was contact between his Roland Chevrolet and the No. 33 of Kaz Grala while driving through turn two of the 1.5-mile track. After the incident, the No. 99 MDM Motorsports team attempted to repair the Roland Chevrolet, but ultimately the damage was too significant to repair within the NASCAR-mandated five-minute clock and ended Jones’ chances in the N.C. Education Lottery 200.
“I was happy with how our truck performed on Friday night,” said Jones. “We had some good races last year with MDM in the Truck Series, and I feel like they are making good gains early this season. It was a lot of fun to have Shane [Huffman] as the crew chief and Derek [Kneeland] as our spotter. They were on my team during my first seasons in NASCAR, so it’s always a lot of fun when we’re able to get together and go racing. I just hate how our day ended, but I feel like we have a strong foundation and we’ll be in contention in our races to come.”
Next up for the NCWTS is the Harbor 200 Presented by Sea Watch International on Friday, June 2, at Dover International Speedway where Brandon Jones will take on the Monster Mile, Dover (Del.) International Speedway in the No. 99 MDM Motorsports entry.