Looking Forward to Competing in Kentucky

JONES IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Brandon Jones will make his sixth-career NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) start at Kentucky Speedway under the lights Friday night. This will be his first start for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) on the 1.5-mile Tri-Oval. The No. 19 Menards / NRG team has been making major strides in their mile and a half program and expect to be running in the top-five and fighting for a win there. He will also be running double-duty in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Kyle Bush Motorsports in the No. 51 Soleus Air / Menards Tundra. He has three truck starts and three top-10 finishes there which includes a strong second place finish in 2017.

JGR AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 58 total starts at Kentucky Speedway in NXS competition earning five wins, 25 top-five finishes, 35 top-10 finishes and nine pole starting positions. The team has led 1,332 laps, completed 11,054 of 11,516 attempted laps (96%) and earned an average start of 8.2 and an average finish of 11.2. Joey Logano leads the team with three wins (2008, 2009, 2010) and Kyle Busch most recently won in 2016 and 2017.

JONES’ NXS RACES WITH MENARDS: Menards’ seventh race of their 10-race schedule is at Kentucky Speedway this weekend and the No. 19 Menards Toyota Camry will display NRG on their hood for the first time this season. Menards will continue to have one partner-specific brand on the hood of the racecar for each of the following Menards races. Jones will be piloting the No. 19 Menards Camry for JGR next at Iowa Speedway on July 28, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 11 and Dover International Speedway on October 6.

RACE INFO: The Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 13, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on NBCSN, SiriusXM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Jones’ Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats at Kentucky Speedway:

  • Starts – 5
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 1
  • Top 10 – 1
  • Poles – 0
  • Laps Led – 16
  • Avg. Start – 17.4
  • Avg. Finish – 19.0

Jones’ 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

  • Starts – 16
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 2
  • Top 10 – 7
  • Poles – 1
  • Laps Led – 164
  • Avg. Start – 9.0
  • Avg. Finish – 12.8

Jones’ Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

  • Starts – 87
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 3
  • Top 10 – 24
  • Poles – 2
  • Laps Led – 227
  • Avg. Start – 14.4
  • Avg. Finish – 16.5

From the Cockpit:
Brandon Jones: “Kentucky is one of those tracks that I’ve been close to winning at in the past in both the Xfinity and Truck Series, so I always look forward to going there. The track has two pretty distinct corners. Turns 1 and 2 have a good amount of banking and you can carry lots of speed, whereas turns 3 and 4 have less banking and are easier to over drive. We’ll be running both races again this year; I expect we’ll be able to carry some information from the Truck race over to the Xfinity race, although the speeds will be slightly different. It should be a fun weekend with Menards back on board.”

From the Pitbox:
Chris Gabehart: “Kentucky is always a big race for me being that it is an hour away from where I grew up in Louisville. I always look forward to going to Kentucky and we have had many good cars there the past several races but have yet to get the win. I feel confident we are going to bring a great car again and should be able to contend for another top 5 finish with Brandon in the No.19 Menards / NRG Toyota Camry.”

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