Jones Eyes Success at Phoenix International

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – Lucas Oil 150
November 13, 2015 – Phoenix International Raceway
No. 33 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Silverado

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads west to Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) for Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150. The 150-lap event marks the 22nd race of the 2015 schedule and the fifth race at a track 1-mile or shorter. Jones averages a 7.5-starting position as well as an average finishing position of 7.5 at short tracks for the 2015 season-to-date. The 18-year-old earned a career-best second place finish at the .875-mile Iowa Speedway in June.

In one start at the 1-mile tri-oval, Jones started from the 16th position and avoided several early on-track incidents to maintain running order inside the top 15 before a failure to the power grid brought an early end to the event. Jones was scored with a 12th-place finish in just his second start with GMS Racing.

Jones will pilot chassis No. 024 for Friday night’s event. This chassis was last raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with Austin Dillon behind the wheel. Dillon dominated at NHMS in practice, qualifying and the race, picking up GMS Racing’s second Keystone Light Pole Award with a new track record and the organization’s first NCWTS win. Jones raced this particular Chevrolet earlier this year at Martinsville Speedway and Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park earning two top-15 finishes.

Following three consecutive top-10 finishes at Las Vegas, Talladega and Martinsville, Jones started from the fourth position in his second start at Texas Motor Speedway. Jones maintained his position inside the top 10 for the majority of the 147-lap event, searching for the right balance on a transitioning track throughout the night. The No. 33 Russell / Kramer Refrigeration Chevrolet crossed the finish line in the seventh position for Jones’ fourth top-10 finish in a row.

In 15 starts this season, Jones has picked up four top-five and eight top-10 finishes, including career-best second-place finishes at Iowa Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Jones shared seat time with Austin and Ty Dillon, who combined for an additional four top-five and five top-10 finishes, as well as two pole awards. Earlier this fall, Austin Dillon dominated at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where he earned GMS Racing’s first NCWTS win.

Fans will have three opportunities to meet the driver of the No. 33 Lucas Oil Chevrolet at PIR. On Friday, Jones will participate in the NCWTS driver autograph session at 1:30 p.m. MST. Jones will also take part in a Q&A session at the Team Chevy display at 3:30 p.m. MST followed by a visit to the Lucas Oil display at 4 p.m. MST where fans will be treated to a limited supply of authentic Brandon Jones racing gear.

You’ve done well at short tracks this year. How do you feel about your chances at Phoenix?
We ran there last year for the first time and the lights actually went out about halfway through the race, so they had to cut it short. We ran really well. We were in the top 10 all day, and got a lot of good experience there. We learned a lot in that race and with everything we’ve learned this season, I think the No. 33 Lucas Oil Chevrolet will be a strong contender this weekend. GMS Racing has been bringing fast trucks to the track every week, and I’m sure this week will be no different. The last time our team used this truck Austin [Dillon] took it to Victory Lane [at New Hampshire Motor Speedway], so hopefully we’ll be able to do the same thing this weekend. – Brandon Jones

The No. 33 has a lot of momentum going into these final two races. How does that affect your preparation?
We’ve got a ton of momentum. We’ve run really well these last couple of races with a nice top-10 streak going and our runner-up finish at Talladega. It helps to have that momentum when you’re preparing. You’re able to focus on what has gone well and what you can carry forward to the next track, rather than focusing on the negative things that have happened. There are definitely ways we can improve to get a win and we’ll work on making that happen this weekend in Phoenix with our Lucas Oil Chevrolet. – Brandon Jones

About Lucas Oil
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. is the world leader of high performance lubricants and problem solving additives and produces and markets more than 270 unique formulations in more than forty countries. Products include engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives and car-care products. In the USA, Lucas Oil is sold in more than 30,000 auto parts stores displaying the biggest variety of shelf products of any oil company, and at every truck stop nationwide. Motorsports is the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy leading them to sponsor race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, ASCS, NASCAR, INDYCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series and the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.

About GMS Racing, LLC
GMS Racing LLC, competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with drivers Spencer Gallagher, Brandon Jones, and Grant Enfinger. Formerly based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, home of Allegiant Travel, GMS Racing is now housed in a state of the art 51,000-square-foot shop in Statesville, North Carolina.