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Jones Qualifies Strong, Wrecks Early in Kansas Calamity

Box Score Info:

  • RACE: NASCAR Xfinity Series; Kansas Lottery 300
  • TRACK: Kansas Speedway
  • DRIVER: Brandon Jones
  • CAR: No.19 Game Plan for Life Toyota Camry
  • START: 5th
  • FINISH: 36th
  • LAPS: 12/200

Post-Race Highlights:

Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 was Brandon Jones’ third start on the 1.5-mile tri-oval in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) at Kansas Speedway. Jones had a very good qualifying run and earned the fifth starting position. With a chilly forecast, the Kansas Lottery 300 got underway Saturday afternoon for 200 laps at 2:11 p.m. CT. The 300-mile race started with a major multi-car wreck on the opening lap collecting several of the top cars. It took nine laps to clean up the track and when racing resumed on lap 11 Jones was in second place racing the 21 car for the lead. When Jones started side-drafting the 21 car for the top spot, something went wrong and shot Jones abruptly to the right crashing him into the wall on the backstretch and ending the N0. 19 Game Plan for Life team’s day early with a finishing position of 36th.

John Hunter Nemechek won the race, followed by Daniel Hemric, Elliott Sadler, Shane Lee and Tyler Reddick.

The NXS will have next weekend off and will head to Texas Motor Speedway in two weeks. Coverage of the race begins at 4:30 PM ET on Saturday, November 3rd live on NBCSN, PRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

What happened to take you out of the race?
“I don’t know. I guess it was karma because there’s no way that you qualify so well, that big thing happens up front, then we go to side draft a little bit on the 21 (Daniel Hemric) and maybe we ran through something on that big wreck, maybe we didn’t. I don’t know, but I did try to pack pretty aggressively on the 21 and as soon as I did, the car took a pretty aggressive hard right, so maybe we picked up something, but we were going through it. We were trying to maintain track position there. I thought this was going to be a great race for us. I had a really solid car yesterday in practice and qualified well today, so hate it, but we’re going to continue to go and I know Texas is a good one on our mind as well.”

After you side drafted Daniel Hemric, you just went in the wall. What happened there?
“There was a ton of debris back there from that first big wreck. I don’t know if we ran through something or what, but the car acted fine on that restart, which is hard for me to believe that it had a flat tire. I’ve never had one like that wreck, kind of going straight as we were, but I did pack a pretty aggressive side draft, so maybe me going really quick was the effect of that. All in all hate it, but we tried our best there and tried to do what we had to do.”