Jones Goes West Looking for Traction

No. 19 Menards Bali Toyota Camry News and Notes

  • JONES AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Brandon Jones and the No. 19 Menards Bali Toyota team head out west for their first of three consecutive races on the west coast. This will be Jones’ third NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). His primary sponsor will be Menards and they will have Bali prominently displayed on their hood. It will be Jones’ second intermediate track with JGR and his third start on the 1.5-mile oval in the desert. He posted a strong sixth place finish there in 2016 in the NXS and a top-five in 2015 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
  • ON ANOTHER NOTE: Las Vegas is the home of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The demonstration team and Jones teamed up prior to the Daytona 500 for an incentive flight showing the similarities between the teamwork of NASCAR and the Air Force.
  • JGR AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: JGR has 44 total starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NXS, earning one win, 12 top-five finishes, 20 top-10 finishes and four pole-starting positions. The team has led 665 laps, completed 8,174 of 8,834 attempted laps (92.5%) and earned an average start of 10.6 and an average finish of 14.7. Kyle Busch has the only win for JGR in 2016.
  • JONES’ NXS RACES WITH MENARDS: Menards’ second race of their 10 races is in Las Vegas this weekend and the No. 19 Menards Toyota Camry will display Bali on their hood and will continue to have one partner-specific brand on the hood of the racecar for each of the following Menards races. Jones will be piloting the No. 19 Menards Camry for JGR next at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 14, Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, Chicagoland Speedway on June 30, Kentucky Speedway on July 13, Iowa Speedway on July 28, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 11 and Dover International Speedway on October 6.
  • WELCOME, BALI BLINDS: Based in Middleton, Wisconsin – Bali® Blinds, a brand of Springs Window Fashions, the Best Experience Company, offers a complete line of custom window treatments for DIY homeowners. Bali blinds, shades, shutters, and drapery provide inspiration in a wide range of styles, materials, and colors, making it easy to bring design dreams to life. Find Bali Blinds at Menards® stores across the U.S. and at baliblinds.com.
  • IT’S GREAT TO HAVE MENARDS AS PART OF THE JGR TEAM: Menards has been involved with NASCAR since 2001 and has supported a wide variety of racing ventures for several years. Currently, Menards is the title sponsor of the ARCA Racing Series as well as sponsoring entries in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck, Xfinity, and Monster Energy Cup Series, and in the Verizon Indy Car Series. Menards is a family-owned company that started in 1958 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, which remains Menards headquarters today. Menards has grown to be a highly innovative home improvement industry leader totally dedicated to delivering superior customer service in sparkling, modern, well-stocked stores.
  • RACE INFO: The Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. PT. Watch and listen live on FS1, SiriusXM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Starts – 2
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 0
  • Top 10 – 1
  • Poles – 0
  • Laps Led – 0
  • Avg. Start – 8.5
  • Avg. Finish – 10.5

Career NASCAR XFINITY Series Stats

  • Starts – 73
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 1
  • Top 10 – 18
  • Poles – 1
  • Laps Led – 63
  • Avg. Start – 15.6
  • Avg. Finish – 17.3

From the Cockpit

“It’s always fun to go out west and Las Vegas is one of my favorite mile-and-a-half tracks. It’s not really a technical mile-and-a-half like Atlanta, so it will be more consistent. It looks like it’s going to be a little cooler this weekend, so that’ll make for a good, fast track. It will have a lot of grip and that’ll make for great racing. It’s always great to have Bali Blinds on the hood; they are a great company with some cool interior furnishings available at Menards. I’m excited about them being on my car again this year. We are still learning about the new composite chassis, quite the difference from last year. This weekend will be a good learning experience for me and it will help me to know what to expect when we return to Las Vegas in the playoffs. Chris Gabehart (crew chief) and I are still feeling each other out and he’s been a great teacher. Our whole team is working great together and learning about each other. We’re meshing as a team and I think in a couple races, we will be fine-tuned. I am looking forward to a strong run.”

From the Pit Box

Chris Gabehart: “Everyone on the No. 19 Menards-Bali Toyota Camry is looking forward to getting the desert party kicked off in Las Vegas this weekend. We met all of our goals in Atlanta and if it weren’t for losing a right-front tire and getting behind, we would have had the finish to match. We feel confident that we will continue to grow together as a team and that Las Vegas is going to be a good track for us.”

About Menards

With 306 stores located in 14 Midwestern states, Menards has the tools, materials and supplies for all your home improvement needs whether just needing a light bulb, can of paint or household supplies to building a deck, fence or new home. Menards is known throughout the home improvement industry as the place to Save BIG Money! Menards does things right – the company’s strength and success can be seen in the well-stocked and maintained stores, the lowest prices in town and the way guests are always treated like family in a hometown hardware store atmosphere.

About Bali Blinds

Based in Middleton, Wisconsin – Bali® Blinds, a brand of Springs Window Fashions, and a trusted brand for over 75 years, offers a complete line of custom window treatments for DIY homeowners. Bali blinds, shades, shutters, and drapery provide inspiration in a wide range of styles, materials, and colors, making it easy to bring design dreams to life. Find Bali Blinds at Menards® stores across the U.S. and at baliblinds.com