First Time Stage Winner in Texas

Box Score Info

  • RACE: NASCAR Xfinity Series; My Bariatric Solutions 300
  • TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway
  • CAR: No.19 Toyota Service Centers Toyota Camry
  • START: 3rd
  • FINISH: 33rd
  • LAPS: 99/200

Post-Race Highlights

Brandon Jones and the No. 19 Toyota Service Centers team traveled to Texas Motor Speedway for the sixth race of the 2018 season. They started out the weekend strong under very cold and windy weather conditions and were the top Toyota team with a qualifying spot of third. Jones followed that up with a second place position for the first stage behind Cup driver Ryan Blaney. He improved on that by capturing his first-career stage win, leading the last nine laps and winning Stage 2. He was the highest finishing Toyota driver in both stages.

Jones restarted the final stage of the 200-lap race on the outside lane next to his teammate Christopher Bell, but got loose and got up too high on the grey portion of the track. There wasn’t anywhere to go and he hit the wall causing extensive damage to the right side and rear of his Toyota Camry. Crew chief Chris Gabehart and the No. 19 Toyota Service Centers Team evaluated the damage on pit road. Jones was advised that their day was done and to head to the garage. Unfortunately, the early exit and finishing 33rd ended a great run after finishing first and second in the first two stages.

You won stage two and led laps today, but unfortunately find yourself out of the race after an accident. Do you think the positives of today overweigh the negatives?

“Yeah, absolutely. Monday morning we had three goals coming to Texas – qualifying good, which we started third, get stage points, which we almost got the max amount of stage points and bonuses we possibly could, and to finish top five and I think we were on our way to do that. Just disappointed, man. I want to prove so bad that I can run in the top five and I think we were going to today. We’ve got plenty of races left and we’ll make sure we do it again soon.”