Date: March 16, 2019
Event: Production Alliance Group 300 (Round 5 of 33)
Location: Auto Club Speedway (2-mile oval)
Format: 200 laps (Stages: 35 laps / 70 laps / 150 laps)
Start / Finish: 9th / 7th (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)
Point Standing: 4th
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-35)
- Brandon Jones started seventh, finished 12th.
- Jones made it to the second and final round of single car qualifying Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway to claim the seventh starting position.
- From the drop of the green flag Jones reported a tight-handing race car and fell back to 15thin the opening laps of the 150-lap event.
- Jones’ No. 19 Menards/ Turtle Wax Supra was the class of the field on long runs.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 36-70)
- Jones started 14th, finished fifth.
- Jones quickly moved into the top 10 on the restart of Stage 2.
- Jones reported that the handling on his No. 19 Menards / Turtle Wax Supra was much better after the adjustments.
- Jones worked his way into the top five before and gained valuable Stage points before the end of Stage 2.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 71-150)
- Jones started fifth, finished seventh.
- Jones worked his way up to third before bringing out the caution on lap 124 of 150.
- Jones did not receive any damage after spinning in Turn 3.
- Jones restarted ninth and was able to pick up two positions before the checkered flew.
- Jones has scored two top-five and four top-10 finishes in five races in 2019.
- This was Jones’ second top-10 in four career starts at Auto Club Speedway.
How was your race today?
“This was by far the best day I’ve ever had at this race track. We really made some really good changes and I think that’s what kind of amplified our day some. To get going, I was like, ‘Gosh, this is going to be another tough day at Auto Club.’ Stayed with it and the Menards / Turtle Wax team made really great adjustments. I don’t know on the spin what happened there, it was just a big dump of air or something maybe that caused the car to get really loose on us. This was a big, big upgrade for myself and Texas is coming up and we ran really good there in the past so I’m looking forward to taking my Supra back there.”
How close do you feel this team is to a win?
“I think when you’re in the top-five like this every week and you’re competing with the best, it’s just going to eventually come. We just have to keep doing the top-five thing and keeping ourselves in position. I keep saying it all year, but the pit crew has been phenomenal this year and everyone has just really come together on the team. We’re making it happen.”
How has the transition been to the Supra this season?
“The only thing that I can tell different from the Camry is the nose is a little more slanted in the front, so you lose a little bit of hood visibility for a driver. I’m actually looking at boosting the seat up maybe a little bit for the rest of the year and seeing if that will help us a little bit.”