Box Score Info:
- RACE: NASCAR Xfinity Series – Iowa 250
- TRACK: Iowa Speedway
- CAR: No. 19 XYO Network Toyota Camry
- START: 3rd
- FINISH: 5th
- LAPS: 250/250
Brandon Jones started the Father’s Day weekend off on the .875-mile oval in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) at Iowa Speedway. With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series having the weekend off, the spotlight was on the NXS race. Jones’ XYO Network Camry was fast right off the hauler and he ran in top-10 during the two practices. He followed it up by posting a third place qualifying spot for the Iowa 250. Jones’ Camry was very strong and he ran in the top-10 for the entire 218.75-miles. He finished fourth in Stage 1 and sixth in Stage 2. Jones ran the majority of the last 130 laps in the top-five, even challenging for the lead on lap 239. When the checkered flag flew, Jones posted a very impressive top-five finish.
Jones and the No.19 XYO Network team started the 250 lap race on Sunday afternoon from the third position and ran in the top-four the entire first stage. He advised crew chief Chris Gabehart that he was a little tight, but overall pretty good. He fought the 7 and 21 cars throughout the stage and was able to earn stage points and finish fourth.
Gabehart called Jones down pit road after the first stage ended for some minor air and wedge adjustments along with four tires and fuel. When the green flag waved Jones started stage 2 from sixth and raced there for all of stage 2, finishing the second stage in sixth.
He restarted the final stage on lap 130 from seventh after pitting for fuel, four tires and more air and wedge adjustments. Jones dropped back to his lowest running position of 10th on lap 135, but quickly started fighting hard to forge his way back into the top-five on lap 195.
The fifth and final caution flag flew on lap 232 when the 55 car wrecked in turn 4. Jones reported that his Camry was still a little snug, but Gabehart had Jones stay out. When racing resumed on lap 238 Jones raced hard and when he crossed the start/finish line he earned his second top-five finish of the 2018 season.
Justin Allgaier won the race followed by Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Brandon Jones.
How was your race?
“Man, me and the 21 there, we were battling pretty hard. It’s just a game of whoever can get the best run off the top. As soon as you get bogged down, that guy on the inside can sometimes get a run on you so you keep crossing up back and forth. It feels fun, it’s fun to watch, it’s fun to be a part of. All in all, I can’t thank the guys enough at JGR for all they do for us, and for helping me grow to be able to do that on the track.”
Did you feel like you just needed a little more?
“I guess I feel I can ask for whatever, it’s a shot. That last restart Chris Gabehart the crew chief came on and said, “Only one spot better and that’s ahead of you there.” So all in all, this is a good day here to have a shot at that, and at least to be up there in the top five. Stage points throughout the whole entire day too as well. Great day with XYO Network on our Toyota again. I’m looking forward to having them back on again in a couple weeks. Can’t complain with where we just finished there. I would like to have been where Justin is right now, but congrats to him as well”.