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Top-Five Run Slowed by Wreck in Closing Laps

Date: March 2, 2019

Event: Boyd Gaming 300 (Round 3 of 33)

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)

Format: 200 laps (Stages: 45 laps / 90 laps / 200 laps)

Start / Finish: 9th / 28th (Out, completed 198 of 213 laps)

Point Standing: 4th

Race Winner: Kyle Busch


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)

  • Brandon Jones started ninth, finished second
  • Jones was consistently one of the fastest cars on track
  • Pitted at the end of Stage 1 for tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90)

  • Jones started second, finished seventh.
  • Battled for the lead on the Stage 2 restart
  • Jones’ No. 19 Menards Supra turned to the loose side during the middle part of Stage 2

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-200)

  • Jones started sixth, finished 28th.
  • Jones worked his way up to fourth before a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 149
  • Slide through pit box causing Jones to spend extra time on pit road
  • Running in the top five when contact with another competitor sent Jones into the outside wall
  • The contact with the wall ended Jones day

Additional Notes

  • In three starts this season, Jones has captured two top five finishes and has led nine laps of competition

Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 19 Menards / Jeld-Wen Toyota Supra

“I thought today went phenomenal all day long. We really only had one mistake all day long when I slid through my pit box. Pit crew again phenomenal and I think we’ve got a really solid crew there. I hate what happened at the end there. I saw in my mirror that he (Cole Custer) was trying to get to my inside and I tried to chase him down a little bit and I guess he just got into us getting into three. I wish we could have finished it out, I really think we had a shot to at least run top-three. All in all, these guys did a great job and it was no one’s fault there at the end and we’re going to go to Phoenix and be even better.”


Next Up: The team now heads to Phoenix for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at ISM Raceway on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Jones will make his second start of the year in the No. 19 Juniper Networks Toyota Supra. The race starts at 2 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by MRN and FS1.