Staying Optimistic For A Top Finish

This Week’s Nexteer Chevrolet Camaro at Michigan International Speedway
Brandon Jones has one previous NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Michigan International Speedway. He finished 10th in last year’s event after starting 15th at the two-mile track. Jones also has one win at Michigan, earned during last season’s ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race.

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Autographs, Please
Jones will be participating in an autograph session alongside fellow Menards’ driver Paul Menard on Thursday, June 15, beginning at 7 p.m. local time at the Jackson, Michigan Menards store location. Fans can also meet Jones during the XFINITY Series autograph session at the track on Friday, June 16, beginning at 11 a.m. local time.

Michigan International Speedway is up this week where you finished 10th a year ago after winning the ARCA race. Is there a lot you can learn and carry over from the ARCA car to the XFINITY car?

“I feel like you can learn a little bit in the ARCA race that can help with the XFINITY Series car. I won the ARCA race at Michigan last year, so I’m going to try to repeat that this year. I felt like that helped a little with getting a feel for the track since you’re pretty much wide open in the ARCA cars. With the XFINITY car, you do have to give a little on the throttle and brake getting into the corner, especially on old tires. We were really good there last time, so I’m hoping we can back that up and are just as strong, if not stronger, this time around and finish even better than 10th. We’ll be looking for some speed there, since we’ve gotten ourselves into a little bit of a hole in the standings, but I’m optimistic about our chances in the Nexteer Chevrolet.”

From what you can remember, is the bottom lane still the preferred lane around the track?

“It was for the most part. You start down there in practice, and eventually the groove will start moving up to the middle and top area of the track surface. It gets to be a track where we can run all over it. That makes it a really fun track to race on. I enjoy going to Michigan a lot.”