NASCAR XFINITY Series – Powershares QQQ 300
February 25, 2016 – Daytona International Speedway
No. 33 Nexteer Chevrolet Camaro
Brandon Jones and the No. 33 Nexteer team started the season off on a high note, as the 20-year-old secured his first NASCAR pole at one of the sport’s most iconic tracks. After being fast in both practice sessions, the sophomore driver recorded a 48.788-second lap to secure the Coors Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award.
Despite an impressive start, Jones’ day came to an early end in a multi-car accident on lap 28, just two laps before the end of the first stage. While battling for the fifth position, two competitors made contact resulting in one catching the backend of the No. 33 machine. Jones made hard contact with the outside wall before starting down the track, where contact once again sent him back into the SAFER barrier. With significant damage to his Chevrolet, Jones and the No. 33 Nexteer Chevrolet were unable to continue in the event and credited with a 29th-place finish.
“I’m not exactly sure what happened, but I just know I got turned from behind and it went out from there. It was definitely the hardest hit I’ve ever had, but I’m alright. It’s a bummer. Our No. 33 Nexteer Chevrolet Camaro was really fast all weekend, and I had just earned the first pole award of my career. The car was handling great and we were working well with our teammates up front. Unfortunately, this is what happens at Daytona, you never know what’s going to happen out there. I’m looking forward to getting to Atlanta next weekend to get back on track.”
Next week, the series travels to Atlanta Motor Speedway for Atlanta 250 on Saturday, March 4. FS1 will carry a live broadcast of the event beginning at 2 p.m. ET, while radio coverage will be provided by PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.