DENVER, N.C. (October 8, 2012) – Brandon Jones made it back-to-back top-five finishes in the United Auto Racing Association (UARA) STARS Series with a fifth-place run at Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The young racer drove a clean event and saved his tires enabling him to pick up five positions during the closing laps and record his fourth top-five finish of the 2012 season.
Jones returned to Anderson Motor Speedway for his second UARA-STARS event at the 3/8-mile speedway. With a fast No. 33 Chevrolet from Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR), Jones was able to record the third- and ninth-quickest laps during the two practice sessions. The young driver posted a 15.869-second lap during time trials to secure the 11th starting position for Saturday night’s Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company 150.
With tires at a premium, Jones logged laps while calmly waiting for his opportunity to make a move through the field. The field was regrouped when the caution flag was displayed with just 30 laps remaining. As the race restarted, Jones immediately began his charge through the field and toward the front of the pack. During the closing laps, Jones was able to pick up several positions to cross the finish line in fifth-place.
“We had a really strong No. 33 Chevrolet this weekend at Anderson Motor Speedway,” commented Jones. “I’m really proud of the effort of my Eddie Sharp Racing team, and I’m already excited to get back on the track next weekend. I feel like we’ve shown a lot of improvement as the year has progressed-we’re proving that we’re a competitor week after week. We hope to be back up front and contending for the lead next week at Tri-County (N.C.) Motor Speedway.”
Jones will be back behind the wheel in the UARA-STARS Series on Saturday, October 13, at Tri-County (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Eddie Sharp Racing (TeamESR.com) (ESR) is a championship winning race team housed in a 40,000 square-foot facility in Denver, N.C. After just four short years of competition within the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series, the team impressively accumulated upwards of 20 race wins. The 2009 season was a pivotal year for ESR, as they dominated the series with six race wins, 15 top-fives and 19 top-10s en route to the series championship with driver Justin Lofton. In 2010, ESR made the transition to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2011, Sharp and Lofton were reunited within truck competition. In 2012, ESR expands to house multiple truck teams with Lofton returning to the No. 6 CollegeComplete.com Silverado, and Cale Gale joining the team behind the wheel of the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado.