Brandon Jones made his debut with Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) at Southern National Motorsports Park (SNMP) for the United Auto Racing Association (UARA) 150-lap late model race. It was Jones’ first trip to the 4/10-mile oval. After fighting a tight race car all weekend, Jones stay cleaned all race and worked his way through the field to finish in the sixth spot.
The TSM crew made the short trip north to SNMP a day early for Jones to get accustomed to the 0.4-mile high banks. Jones, who was looking to make his first start at the track, battled a tight condition throughout practice. The TSM crew went to work on loosening up the No. 33 TSM Chevrolet for qualifying. Jones laid down a solid qualifying effort, placing him just outside the top 10 in 11th spot for the start of 150-lap main event.
When the green flag fell on the UARA season opener, Jones went to work, quickly advancing his position inside the top 10. The race, which had only one yellow flag, didn’t give the TSM crew any opportunities to work on the car that was still battling a tight condition. Jones, who got some solid seat time with his new team, worked his way up to the sixth finishing position. For his effort during the race, Jones also received the Holley Performer of the Race Award, which is awarded to the driver that gains the most positions during the race.
“I’m continued to be impressed by Jones,” said crew chief Cale Gale. For someone that hasn’t raced at this track, I feel like he far surpassed our goals for the weekend. As a team, we were able to gel and learn for our next race together.”
I can’t thank Turner Scott Motorsports and all my guys enough for the hard work they put in all weekend. We had a great car all day. I think this was a great first step for this team. I think we were able to learn something with this car for our next race at Hickory in a couple weeks. I’m looking forward to racing again next weekend in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race. – Brandon Jones
About Turner Scott Motorsports
Turner Scott Motorsports was established in 1999 by Texas businessman Steve Turner, who was joined by partner Harry Scott Jr. as co-owner in 2013. This season will mark the fourth season of full-time NASCAR competition for the organization, which expanded in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR’s top-tier touring series. The team earned its first championship when James Buescher captured the NCWTS title in 2012. Turner Scott Motorsports operates out of an 110,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility in Mooresville, N.C. The Chevrolet-backed team has created alliances with General Motors’ powerhouse team Hendrick Motorsports, which provides engine support for both its NNS and NCWTS programs, and Earnhardt Technology Group for drive train and suspension technology assistance. For more information on Turner Scott Motorsports, visit www.turnerscottmotorsports.com.
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