Looking to Close out Regular Season Strong

JONES AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Brandon Jones and the No. 19 Menards Mastercraft Doors Toyota team head out west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the second time this season and the cutoff for the Xfinity Series playoffs. His last visit to the 1.5-mile oval in the desert was a very strong run and he posted a seventh place finish for his second top-10 finish out of three starts. He will also be running double-duty with his second start there in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. His last Truck start there in 2015 produced an impressive fifth place finish.

ON ANOTHER NOTE: Las Vegas is the home of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The demonstration team and Jones teamed up prior to the Daytona 500 this season for an orientation flight showing the similarities between the teamwork of NASCAR and the Air Force.

JGR AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: JGR has 47 total starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NXS, earning one win, 13 top-five finishes, 22 top-10 finishes and five pole-starting positions. The team has led 671 laps, completed 8,774 of 9,434 attempted laps (93%) and earned an average start of 10.4 and an average finish of 14.3. Kyle Busch has the only win for JGR in 2016.

RACE INFO: DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. PT. Watch and listen live on NBCSN, SiriusXM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Jones’ Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

  • Starts – 3
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 0
  • Top 10 – 2
  • Poles – 0
  • Laps Led – 0
  • Avg. Start – 11.0
  • Avg. Finish – 9.3

Jones’ 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

  • Starts – 25
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 2
  • Top 10 – 11
  • Poles – 2
  • Laps Led – 165
  • Avg. Start – 10.4
  • Avg. Finish – 13.9

Jones’ Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

  • Starts – 96
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 3
  • Top 10 – 28
  • Poles – 2
  • Laps Led – 228
  • Avg. Start – 14.3
  • Avg. Finish – 16.5

Brandon Jones: “After getting back inside the top 10, we have some momentum heading into Vegas. This is the cut-off race for the Playoffs, so I’m definitely expecting some hard racing on the track. To prepare, I’ll actually be running the Truck race on Friday night and will be using that extra track time to work on my restarts and side drafts before the Xfinity race. Normally the top groove comes in during the race, but with the extreme temperatures that they’re forecasting this weekend, who knows what will really happen. Vegas has historically been one of my better mile-and-a-half tracks, so I have high expectations for the weekend. I’m still looking for my first win in both the Truck and Xfinity Series—maybe this will be our weekend.”

Chris Gabehart: “Las Vegas is always an exciting town to go to because of the atmosphere and enthusiasm for NASCAR. Being that this is the first time we go there twice and it is the start of the playoffs for the Monster Energy Cup Series I am sure the excitement will be at an all-time high. This is one of Brandon’s better tracks and we ran solid there in the spring so we expect to run top-five this weekend and put ourselves in contention for our first win of the year.”

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