Jones Fights Back to Finish 13th in Fontana

Box Score Info

  • RACE: NASCAR Xfinity Series – Rosanne 300
  • TRACK: Auto Club Speedway
  • CAR: No.19 Menards/Jeld-Wen Toyota Camry
  • START: 9th
  • FINISH: 13th
  • LAPS: 150/150

Post-Race Highlights

The NASCAR Xfinity Series traveled to the Auto Club Speedway for their third consecutive west coast race. This time it was in Fontana, California on a two-mile superspeedway. Brandon Jones and the No. 19 Menards/Jeld-Wen team had a strong qualifying run and were able to capture a ninth place starting position for the 150-lap race.

Jones reported immediately that his Toyota Camry was very tight as he dropped back to 19th by the time the first caution flag flew on lap 31. NASCAR called the end of stage 1 under yellow and Jones finished the first stage in 19th.

When racing resumed in stage 2, Jones advised crew chief Chris Gabehart that he was still tight. Gabehart called for air and wedge adjustments for the next pit stop. On lap 67 Jones earned his Auto Club stripe as many of the cars did and used his skills to avoid wrecking as he brushed the wall, coming away with only minor damage. The second caution flag flew just one lap short of the end of the second stage, bringing it to an end. Gabehart brought Jones back down pit road for more adjustments on his Camry, which was still too tight and needed to turn better.

Jones struggled with a very tight condition throughout the final stage and survived five more cautions. The fifth caution flag waved on lap 111 for fluid on the track and Gabehart advised Jones to stay out while most of the field pitted. This new strategy put Jones in second place with 34 laps to go. Jones was still fighting a tight condition and by lap 134 had dropped back to 17th. He never gave up and fought hard to pass four cars in the last 10 laps. On the final lap the 24 car came down across the front of the Menards/Jeld-Wen Camry, making contact, but Jones stood his ground surviving the 200-mile event and was scored in 13th as he crossed the start/finish line.

Joey Logano won the race followed by Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric to round out the top five.

How was the race car today?

“We weren’t really where we wanted to be at the end of the day there. Our goal was to get at least another top-10 out of it and try to keep that rolling there. All in all, not a terrible weekend. We qualified really, really good compared to where I thought we were going to start anyway. We just weren’t great in traffic. I would get too far back and kind of get ourselves in a bind there with the aero and everything. I think we have a little bit of work to do there as far as long run speed, but all in all really a great day – great day for Menards and so proud to be a part of Toyota and glad to be able to use their equipment to get better at tracks like this.”