NASCAR XFINITY Series – Drive For The Cure 300
October 7, 2017 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
No. 33 Nexteer Chevrolet Camaro
Brandon Jones and the No. 33 Nexteer Chevrolet Camaro finished 13th at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday evening. With rain moving through the area throughout the weekend, the NASCAR XFINITY Series was able to get both practice sessions in before qualifying was cancelled on Saturday morning. Jones, working with a new crew chief, rolled off 22nd for the event. Paired up with Brandon Thomas, the duo worked to dial-in the handling of the Nexteer Chevrolet throughout the 200-lap race. By the time the checkered flag waved, the No. 33 team was scored in the 13th position.
“We had a fast No. 33 Nexteer Chevrolet Camaro tonight. This was my first weekend working with Brandon Thomas as a crew chief, and he did a great job getting the car dialed in for me during those two practice sessions on Friday. When we finally got to race on Saturday, I didn’t have as much rear grip as I wanted to fire off with. Brandon did a great job of making adjustments that really helped me gain more grip and cut through traffic easily. We had a slight miscue on pit road during our first stop of the night and received an uncontrolled tire penalty, but the boys didn’t let that get to them and kept their heads in the game for the rest of the night. My car was so good in traffic that it didn’t take me long to make those spots up. Overall, it was a solid night for the No. 33 team. I tried everything to get by Ryan Reed at the end there to help our teammate Brendan Gaughan get into the Round of 8, but just couldn’t get all the way clear of him in time.”
After a weekend off, the XFINITY Series will return to competition at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, October 21 for the Kansas Lottery 300. NBC will carry a live broadcast of the event beginning at 3 p.m. ET, while radio coverage will be provided by MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.