Top 10 Finish In Rockingham UARA Finale Lands Rookie Brandon Jones Fifth In Season Driver Championship
DENVER, NC (November 6, 2012) – Brandon Jones, a developmental driver for Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR), finished his rookie season in United Auto Racing Association (UARA) STARS Series competition with a 10th-place finish at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 3. With his seventh top-10 finish of the season, the result also secured Jones the fifth position in the UARA-STARS Series season-long point standings.
Jones practiced inside the top 11 for all four practice sessions throughout Thursday and Friday afternoon, and finished sixth in the final practice. During time trials on Friday afternoon, Jones posted a 25.55-second lap to secure the 14th starting position in the UARA season finale-a part of the “Classic 3 Championship Presented by the RCR Racing Museum” at Rockingham Speedway.
In just his second race at the fast, one-mile oval in Rockingham, N.C., Jones was able to get a solid start coming off the green flag and move into the top-10 within the opening six laps. Scored eighth by lap 15, Jones was quiet on the radio during the first stint of the race as he carefully paced himself to pick up positions while taking care of his tires. When the caution flag waved on lap 26, the young driver called into the crew to report that his No. 33 Chevrolet was a little tight in and free off the corners, but overall, still handling well around the historic track.
Jones had raced as high as the seventh position in the 26-car field and was looking to pick up even more ground. Coming off their second caution of the day, Jones got caught up on the restart and slid back a few positions to be scored 12th. With just 25 laps remaining in the race and two caution periods, Jones raced hard every green-flag lap to fight his way back into the 10th position by the time the checkered flag waved.
“I’m really proud of my team’s effort this season,” commented Jones. “The guys from Eddie Sharp Racing worked hard all year and built great race cars for us. To be able to finish out my first UARA season knowing that we got a victory [in August at Concord (N.C.) Speedway] and finished fifth in the championship point standings is really satisfying.”
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.