NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – Ford EcoBoost 200
November 20, 2015 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
No. 33 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Silverado
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) visits Homestead-Miami Speedway for the final race of the 2015 season. Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 33 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Silverado, will make his debut at the 1.5-mile track in the season finale on Friday night.
In seven starts at 1.5-mile tracks, Jones has claimed one top-five and three top-10 finishes. Jones’ career-best 1.5-mile finish came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he started from the third position and crossed the line in fifth place. Following the most recent 1.5-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway, Jones has an average start of 8.2 and average finish of 14.8 at intermediate tracks.
Jones will pilot chassis No. 102 for Friday’s event. This chassis is new to the GMS Racing line-up.
In his second-career NCWTS start at Phoenix International Raceway, Jones qualified in the seventh position, relaying to the team that the Lucas Oil Chevrolet was free throughout all three rounds of qualifying. As the green flag waved on the Lucas Oil 150, Jones fell into line in the eighth position and immediately began working on gaining track position. Jones was working patiently to make a pass for seventh six laps into the race when an on-track incident resulted in heavy damage to the No. 33 Lucas Oil Chevrolet ending Jones’ night.
In 16 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 (Ala.) 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.
How do you feel about your chances this week and your improvement on intermediate tracks?
I think we have a chance to be racing for the win this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The GMS Racing guys have worked hard all year to prepare fast Chevrolets and my No. 33 Lucas Oil team has really improved on 1.5-mile tracks. My intermediate track career started off a little rough for us at Kansas [Speedway], but that was my first start on a 1.5-mile track and we knew there would be a bit of a learning curve. Since then, we’ve made a lot of progress. It’s a big confidence booster to know that we’re coming out of this season with some strong top-five and top-ten finishes. – Brandon Jones
What are your thoughts on your season overall?
This season was great. Like everyone, we had some up and down days, but overall we grew as a team and I’m proud of our accomplishments. To only run 17 races in a season and still come out with four top fives and eight top tens is a great feeling. As a team, we constantly improved, and I do need to thank Austin and Ty Dillon for helping us grow. Watching Austin and the team win at New Hampshire, and then getting back in the No. 33 and being able to back up the win with some strong top-five runs has definitely helped my confidence. I’m looking forward to finishing out the season strong 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.