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Strong End to the Season with Eighth-Place Finish in Miami

Box Score Info

  • RACE: NASCAR Xfinity Series – Ford EcoBoost 300
  • TRACK: Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • DRIVER: Brandon Jones
  • CAR: No. 19 Juniper Networks Toyota Camry
  • START: 8th
  • FINISH: 8th
  • LAPS: 200/200

Brandon Jones headed to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the final race of the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season. He was piloting the No. 19 Juniper Networks Toyota and qualified eighth for the 300-mile finale. When the race started he immediately reported that his Camry was very loose and Crew Chief Chris Gabehart called for adjustments to tighten him up. The 200-lap race went caution free except for the two stage ending yellows. Jones ran the majority of the race in the top-10 and with the long green-flag run at the end earned his 17th top-10 finish when he crossed the start/finish line for a hard fought eighth place finish Saturday.

With the green-flag in the air on Saturday afternoon at 3:37pm EST, Jones gradually slipped from his eighth place starting position to 14th before the first caution waved to end the first stage. Jones advised Gabehart that his Juniper Networks Toyota Camry was extremely loose. Gabehart called Jones down pit road and took a big swing with chassis and air adjustments to tighten him up. When racing resumed for the second stage, Jones started from the 13th position. The adjustments did help and Jones was able to post faster laps while fighting his way back into the top-10 and was in 10th at the end of stage 2. Jones pitted for fuel, four tires and more adjustments to tighten up his Toyota Camry.

When the green flag flew for the beginning of the final stage, Jones was in 10th. He radioed in that his Camry was much better and even a little tight. He had moved up to eighth and with the help of his spotter was able to try several different lines on the mile and half oval. He was too tight to run the bottom so he went back to the top and was running very competitive laps. On lap 141 Jones green flag pitted for fuel, four tires and small air adjustments. After the 40 field cycled through, Jones was back in eighth place. He ran the remainder of the race in the top-10 and crossed the start/finish line in a very solid eighth place finish. It was his 17th top-10 for the 2018 season.

Tyler Reddick claimed the win and the NXS Championship. He was followed across the finish-line by Cole Custer, John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric and Austin Cindric, which rounded out the top-five.