2017 is Brandon’s second year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Once again he will drive the No. 33 car for Richard Childress Racing on a full-time basis. Focused on continuing to grow as a driver and exceeding prior years’ achievements, Brandon is expecting to make it to the final round at Homestead — and competing for a chance to win the championship.
An appearance in the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase was the goal, and in his first year as a full-time driver, Brandon achieved that mark. Unfortunately, the postseason run ended early, after the first round of eliminations at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Nonetheless, the season was a great experience for the rookie driver. Brandon competed in all 33 races in the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 car. Jones totaled 12 top-10 finishes, led 36 laps, and finished 10th in the driver standings. Along with his XFINITY Series schedule, Brandon also drove in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races (two top-10 finishes) and five ARCA Series races (one victory, three top-5 finishes, and three top-10 runs).
The 2015 season also was a busy time for Brandon — 33 races across four series, all while completing his senior year of high school. Though he never crossed the finish line first, he was competitive: 11 top-five finishes and 18 top-10s — with second-place runs at Talladega and Iowa in the Truck Series; one top-five and two top-10 finishes in five XFINITY Series starts, sharing driving duties at RCR with Austin Dillon and Paul Menard. After making his XFINITY Series debut at Iowa Speedway in May 2015, Brandon turned industry heads as he earned a top-five and two top-10 finishes with 16 laps led in five starts during his rookie season. Impressed with Brandon, Richard Childress Racing offered Jones the opportunity to be the full-time driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet for the 2016 season.
Moving into the K&N Pro Series East full-time for Turner Scott Motorsports, Brandon ran an expanded Truck Series schedule and select ARCA Racing Series events. He won his debut ARCA race at Winchester Speedway, scored the second win at Indianapolis Raceway Park, and finished third at Madison International Speedway. Brandon posted his first K&N Pro Series win at Iowa Speedway in August, as he held off former teammate Kenzie Ruston and Cole Custer. After 14 of 16 races in the K&N East Series and three Truck Series races, which included a fourth-place finish at Dover, Brandon parted ways with TSM due to internal issues in the organization. He joined Richard Childress Racing for the remaining K&N races. Brandon ran the No. 33 truck for GMS Racing in two additional races, sponsored by Rheem brand Russell. He finished fourth in the K&N Pro Series East standings.
Brandon competed in PASS, UARA, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Also, for the first time, he competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Brandon also joined the Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team as a part-time driver. He had three top-five finishes and eight top-10s, two of which were in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
The competition and experience took a leap forward as Brandon competed in both PASS and UARA series with Eddie Sharp Racing. He also drove in a couple of NASCAR K&N Series races later in the season. He placed in the top-five four times, had six top-10 finishes, and claimed his first win at Concord Speedway in a UARA race.
Brandon’s first full year of racing proved to be a valuable learning experience. He received track points championships at both Lanier Speedway and Gresham Motorsports Park. In 17 starts at Lanier and Gresham, Brandon had 16 top-5 finishes, including five wins and five second-place runs. He also earned the pole for six races. Brandon ended the season on top in points in the No. 33 super truck sponsored by Rheem. He totaled 273 points.
Brandon’s first year of competition began about midway through the 2010 season after spending many hours running thousands of practice laps under the supervision of Bubba and Cale Gale. The Gales were instrumental in Brandon’s initial development as a driver. Brandon credits Cale for getting him started in racing and recognizes Gale as a mentor and friend.