Box Score Info
- RACE: NASCAR Xfinity Series – LTi Printing 250
- TRACK: Michigan International Speedway
- DRIVER: Brandon Jones
- CAR: No. 19 XYO Network Toyota Camry
- START: 11th
- FINISH: 18th
- LAPS: 91/91
Brandon Jones and the No. 19 XYO Network team traveled to Michigan International Speedway for race No. 13 on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule. The No. 19 XYO Network Toyota Camry was fast off the truck but a spin in second practice on Friday had the team scrambling to make repairs to the right-rear of the race car. Solid teamwork by the XYO crew had the purple Camry ready for qualifying on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, rain in the area cancelled qualifying and Jones lined up 11th for Saturday’s scheduled 250-mile race at the race track in the Irish Hills.
Rain would also delay the start of the LTi Printing 250 for just over three hours. Once the field took the green-flag, Jones was able to slice and dice his way into the top five by lap three. Jones continued to run in the top-five and was listed fifth when the caution flag flew to signal the end of Stage 1. Crew chief Chris Gabehart decided to bring his young driver down pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. With several different pit strategies playing out because of the threat of rain, Jones took the Stage 2 restart 16th.
With track position being key, Jones struggled to get his XYO Camry back up front. He informed Gabehart he was happy with the handling on his Camry but was struggling to get enough momentum to pass. The Atlanta, Ga. native crossed the finish line 16th to end Stage 2.
As the final stage took the green flag, rain was fast approaching the race track. Several caution flags flew over the next 20 laps, and Jones continued to battle for track position. Finally on lap 91, NASCAR was forced to call the race 34 laps short due to rain. Jones was credited with an 18th-place finish.
Austin Dillon won his first race of the 2018 NASCR Xfinity Series season. Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Ryan Reed and Paul Menard rounded out the top five. Jones’ Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Christopher Bell crossed the finish line sixth and 11th respectively.