Ready to Rebound at Road America

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Road America will be the marque race this weekend with the with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series having an off-weekend. This will be Brandon Jones’ third road-course race of the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and third career-start at Road America. The historic track is located midway between the cities of Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Road America is the longest course on the schedule at 4.048-miles in length and is very challenging with its 14 unique turns. The track features many elevation changes and very high speeds on the lengthy frontstretch. Even though Jones has struggled at Road America in the past, he has been working hard to prepare with crew chief Chris Gabehart on his road course techniques and they believe they can produce similar results as their sixth place finish at Watkins Glen earlier this month.

SPONSOR: This is the second time Jones and the No. 19 JGR team will be running the Toyota Service Centers Mobil 1 paint scheme this season.

JGR AT ROAD AMERICA: JGR has 22 NXS starts at Road America. The team has earned four top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes with an average start of 8.3 and an average finish of 13.9. The team has earned one pole starting position, led 106 laps and completed 1,073 of 1,107 attempted laps (96.9%).

RACE INFO: The Johnsonville 180 at Road America is scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on NBCSN, SiriusXM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

Jones’ Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats at Road America:

  • Starts – 2
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 0
  • Top 10 – 0
  • Poles – 0
  • Laps Led – 0
  • Avg. Start – 22.0
  • Avg. Finish – 20.5

Jones’ 2018 Season NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

  • Starts – 22
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 2
  • Top 10 – 9
  • Poles – 1
  • Laps Led – 165
  • Avg. Start – 9.2
  • Avg. Finish – 14.4

Jones’ Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

  • Starts – 93
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 3
  • Top 10 – 26
  • Poles – 2
  • Laps Led – 228
  • Avg. Start – 14.1
  • Avg. Finish – 16.7

From the Cockpit:
Brandon Jones: “Road America is such a unique track with a length of just over four miles and 14 very different turns. Since the race track is so long, it offers a lot of high speed sections, but also some really nice elevation changes and some good passing zones. Out of all the road courses we attend, this one has the least amount of driver fatigue because you have more time to recover with the long straightaways. As always, we are going to spend a lot of focused time at the TRD simulator this week to get ready for the race in our No. 19 Toyota Service Centers/Mobil 1 Toyota. However, what I expect to help the most will be having some extra track time in the Trans Am car. This is our last shot to get prepared for our final road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL this fall. With that race falling during the Xfinity Series playoffs, we’re certainly going to give it everything we’ve got.”

From the Pit Box:
Chris Gabehart: “Road America marks the final traditional road course this year for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the last chance we will get to sharpen our right hand turning skills before the ROVAL playoff race in September at Charlotte. Brandon has been showing some nice improvement in his road racing skills but unfortunately didn’t have the race to show for it at Mid-Ohio. I am sure he will be looking to redeem himself with that performance and I feel confident he will do so with a solid shot at a top-five finish this weekend with our No. 19 Toyota Service Centers/Mobil 1 Toyota Camry.”

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