Getting Back on Track in ‘Dega

The Money Lion 300 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway is the ninth event of the 33-race NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule and the first with Brandon Jones sporting the 1st Foundation livery on the No. 19 Toyota Supra of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).

In three Xfinity Series starts at Talladega, Jones has one top-five finish. In last year’s Sparks Energy 300, Jones finished second to earn his career-best Xfinity Series result. Jones also scored a second-place finish in his only NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start at Talladega in 2015.

In eight races this season, Jones has picked up two top-fives and four top-10s. The 22-year-old driver began the year with a third-place finish at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, his best result so far in 2019.

Jones made his Xfinity Series debut on May 17, 2015 at Iowa Speedway in Newton where he started fifth and finished eighth. Now in his third full-time Xfinity Series season, the Atlanta-native has five top-fives, 38 top-10s and two poles in 110 career starts.

JGR has accumulated 157 Xfinity Series wins since first competing in the series back in 1997 with driver Bobby Labonte. JGR has won so many Xfinity races it now holds the record for the most wins at 16 of the 25 different tracks where the series actively competes.

The 1st Foundation is a 100-percent volunteer organization that provides assistance to those arriving first on the scene in foreign and domestic conflicts. Working with Special Operations Forces and Law Enforcement Operations, the 1st Foundation administers grants for continuing education, specialized equipment, and training for those in need. The non-profit also helps with medical bills and access to PTSD programs, as well as college scholarships to those operators and their families in need of assistance through their Gold Star Family Programs. 1st Foundation board members cover all administrative costs, allowing every dollar donated to be utilized for its core mission.

The 1st Foundation has partnered with Talladega to honor all active and retired First Responders with the First Responders presented by 1st Foundation ticket offer, which provides a spectacular savings of up to 60 percent to First Responders (police officers, fire officials and EMTs) and their families for both the weekend’s Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. First Responders can be verified to purchase tickets through the First Responders presented by 1st Foundation ticket offer online at www.TalladegaSuperspeedway.com/FirstResponder or by calling the ticket office at 855-518-RACE (7223).

Talladega is considered by many to be a wild-card race, but you’ve had some success there. What should everyone expect to see from the 1st Foundation team this weekend at Talladega?

“Despite having two bad finishes recently, our No. 19 team has not lost sight of how competitive we’ve been this year. We’re excited to be headed to Talladega with 1st Foundation on board. It’s going to be a very special weekend for us since it’s our first race with 1st Foundation and a hometown race for their company, Xtreme Concepts. Our No. 19 team has had a lot of success at Talladega Superspeedway, so we’re ready to head into the weekend and get back on track. We learned a lot at Daytona to start the season, which I expect will strengthen our superspeedway program throughout this year. My teammates and I worked really well together there, so we’ll be on the same page again this weekend and look forward to getting back on track with a solid finish.”

Brandon Jones Talladega Performance Profile

YearEventStartFinishStatus/LapsLaps Led
2018Sparks Energy 300 (NXS)152Running, 115/1150
2017Sparks Energy 300 (NXS)537Accident, 20/1130
2016Sparks Energy 300 (NXS)1618Running, 116/11636
2015Fred’s 250 (NGOTS)132Running, 98/987

1st Foundation is a 100-percent volunteer organization whose board members cover administrative costs, allowing every dollar donated to be utilized for its core mission – providing assistance to those arriving first on the scene in foreign and domestic conflict. Working with Special Operations Forces and Law Enforcement Operations, the 1st Foundation administers grants for continuing education, specialized equipment, and training for those in need. The non-profit also helps with medical bills and access to PTSD programs, as well as college scholarships to those operators and their families in need of assistance through their Gold Star Family Programs. The 1stFoundation also ensures our K9 heroes are rewarded for their service and dedication by placing retired military dogs requiring rehabilitation with veterans in need of companionship, helping both reacclimate to civilian life. The 1st Foundation also supplies service dogs to veterans in need, all of which are trained to Veteran Affairs standards. Lastly, 1st Foundation provides K9s to police departments, ultimately making our communities a safer place. To assist the cause of 1st Foundation, please visit 1stfoundation.com/donate. Residents of Alabama can go a step further by purchasing a specialized 1st Foundation license plate for their personal vehicles through the Alabama Department of Revenue’s website.

Xtreme Concepts Inc., is a worldwide leader in providing turnkey security solutions, training and technology integration to U.S. government, military and commercial clients on a global scale. Xtreme Concepts’ mission is to provide elite military units with a hyper-realistic environment, allowing them to train to their full mission profile with a facility that is able to replicate an unmatched variety of real-world scenarios. This Alabama-based facility is a world-class training site spanning more than 1,500 acres with 3 million square-feet of indoor training space, 31 buildings, 3.5 miles of internal roadways, and more areas equipped for training. Experience is the hallmark and strength of Xtreme Concepts, best exemplified by its motto: “Who we are, Where we’ve been and What we’ve done.” With access to the National Mission Force (NMF) and the Special Missions Units (SMU) of the U.S. military, Xtreme Concepts is the benchmark in the multi-faceted security arena. Xtreme Concepts’ stable of experts has served honorably with these elite units for more than a decade, and because its staff maintains deep ties to the NMF and SMU, clients benefit from immediate access to Xtreme Concepts’ collective experience.