Road to the Playoffs Continues in Indianapolis

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Brandon Jones and the No. 19 Menards Mastercraft Doors team head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Constructed in 1909, the 2.5-mile flat rectangular oval brings a lot of nostalgia with a lengthy motorsports history. A win there would be huge. This is Jones’ third career-start for the 250-mile race and it will have a lot of unknowns, which should make for some very exciting racing for the fans. Jones has run really well there finishing in the top-10 finishes in both of his two starts.

JGR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing has a total of 19 starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Of those 19 starts, JGR has three wins, four poles, eight top-five finishes, 11 top-10 finishes, an average start of 5.1 and an average finish of 9.7. Kyle Busch won each of the three team’s victories in the years 2013, 2015 and 2016.

RACE INFO: Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile) begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 8. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, SiriusXM Channel 90 and IMS Radio.

Jones’ Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

  • Starts – 2
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 0
  • Top 10 – 2
  • Poles – 0
  • Laps Led – 0
  • Avg. Start – 13.5
  • Avg. Finish – 9.5

Jones’ 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

  • Starts – 24
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 2
  • Top 10 – 10
  • Poles – 1
  • Laps Led – 165
  • Avg. Start – 10.4
  • Avg. Finish – 14.1

Jones’ Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

  • Starts – 95
  • Wins – 0
  • Top 5 – 3
  • Top 10 – 27
  • Poles – 2
  • Laps Led – 228
  • Avg. Start – 14.3
  • Avg. Finish – 16.6

Brandon Jones: “We’re heading to Indy with only two races to go before the Playoffs start, and I think it’s going to be a fun weekend for our Menards Mastercraft Doors team. Even though we’re locked into the Playoffs on points, it would still mean a lot for us to get a victory here. Indianapolis brings a lot of history, and it’s one of those tracks that you never get over coming through the tunnel to the infield. I’ve been pretty good here in the past—getting top 10 finishes in each of my two starts. The race has changed some with the addition of restrictor plates to our cars, but it mainly just allows everyone to stay bunched up and keeps the racing in close proximity. I’m really looking forward to taking the green flag on Saturday afternoon.”

Chris Gabehart: “Indianapolis is a racetrack and a city that I am very fond of. Having lived in and raced out of Indy for nearly five years I have become quite sentimental to the history of racing in Indianapolis, particularly at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a track that we have always run really well at, drafting ducts or not. So I feel confident we can go there this weekend and have a great shot at competing for the win in the No.19 Menards Mastercraft Doors Toyota Camry.”

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