Ready to Take on the Lady in Black

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Brandon Jones and the No. 19 Hope For The Warriors team head to the “Lady in Black” for the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200. The race is a classic on Labor Day Weekend and the egg-shaped oval will provide excitement for the much anticipated 147-lap race. Jones and the No. 19 team will be sporting a Darrell Waltrip No. 19 Throwback paint scheme that will highlight the Hope For The Warriors organization.

HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS: With a variety of programming related to clinical health and wellness, transition, sports and recreation, Hope For The Warriors’ Drive For Hope program focuses specifically on motorsports. Creating special experiences to bring service members to the track, the program supports the career, educational and personal goals of service members, veterans and their families, while supporting them as they experience the transition from military to civilian life. Attendees at the track not only get to meet NASCAR drivers, but also the veterans who work in the sport to see the opportunities that exist as they transition from their military to civilian careers. Brandon Jones first began meeting with Hope For The Warriors’ service members in 2015 and now meets with them on a weekly basis, in addition to supporting Hope For The Warriors through military base visits and fundraising events.

JGR AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 52 total starts at Darlington Raceway in NXS competition earning 10 wins, 27 top-five finishes, 36 top-10 finishes and nine pole starting positions. The team has led 1,087 laps, completed 7,201 of 7,600 attempted laps (94.8%) and earned an average start of 12.2 and an average finish of 9.9.

RACE INFO: VFW Sport Clips Help a hero 200 at Darlington Raceway (1.366-mile) begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 1st. The race will be broadcast live on NBC, SiriusXM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

Jones’ Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats at Darlington Raceway:

  • Starts – 2
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 0
  • Top 10 – 1
  • Poles – 0
  • Laps Led – 0
  • Avg. Start – 19.5
  • Avg. Finish – 16.0

Jones’ 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

  • Starts – 23
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 2
  • Top 10 – 10
  • Poles – 1
  • Laps Led – 165
  • Avg. Start – 9.2
  • Avg. Finish – 14.2

Jones’ Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

  • Starts – 94
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 3
  • Top 10 – 27
  • Poles – 2
  • Laps Led – 228
  • Avg. Start – 14.1
  • Avg. Finish – 16.6

Brandon Jones: “Racing at Darlington Raceway is some of the most fun we have all season. The history at that track is incredible and getting to be a part of it is very humbling. Likewise, the throwback theme that they started there a few years ago—getting to see all the special paint schemes and everyone dressing up is a lot of fun as well. This will be my third start at Darlington. Having that track time makes it a little easier with knowing what to expect there, but it is still such a tough track. Joe Gibbs Racing has had lots of success at Darlington in the past, so I’m hoping that we’ll be able to draw on that with our No. 19 Hope For The Warriors Camry. I’m looking forward to seeing what we’re able to do this weekend.”

Chris Gabehart: “And now we come to one of my very favorite race tracks and races of the year… Darlington! Man I love this track! The history behind it, coupled with the grueling racing that it puts on from both a drivers and fans perspective, makes this a great weekend to be a part of. Add on top of all of that the throwback to NASCAR’s history that this race has recently become about and it makes it one of the top-three weekends of the year in my opinion. Everyone on the team is looking forward to supporting Hope For The Warriors at what should be a very fun weekend.”

About Hope For The Warriors: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 19,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted more than 180 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 23,500 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.