Strong Start Ends with Hard Hit in Texas

Date: March 30, 2019

Event: My Bariatric Solutions 300 (Round 6 of 33)

Location: Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)

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

Start / Finish: 2nd / 33rd (Accident, completed 133 of 200 laps)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)

  • Brandon Jones ran in the top-10 for both practices.
  • NASCAR revised qualifying for inclement weather and reduced qualifying to two rounds.
  • Jones had a great qualifying run posting the top spot for the first round and earning the second spot beside his teammate Christopher Bell for a Joe Gibbs Racing front row.
  • Jones reported a loose condition early on and ran the entire first stage in the top-five.
  • He finished Stage 1 in a very strong fifth place.
  • At the end of Stage 1, Crew chief Jeff Meendering advised Jones to pit for fuel, four tires and a slight air adjustment.  During the pitstop the jack got caught and was dragged out on the track.
  • Jones brought the No. 19 jdgibbsleagacy.com Toyota Supra back down ptroad to return the jack and for the team to assess and repair the damage. 
  • Jones came back down pitroad a third time for more repairs and went to the back in the 18thposition. 

 Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90)

  • Jones started Stage 2 on lap 62 from the rear of the lead lap in 18th position. 
  • He stared forging his way back to the front and worked his way back into the top-10 by lap 73.
  • Jones finished Stage 2 in10th place.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-200)

  • Jones started the final stage from the seventh position and broke into the top-five on lap 100.
  • On lap 133 the double-zero car lost control and pushed Jones up the track spinning him into the outside wall in turn 2 for a hard hit that ended the race for the 19 team.
  • Meendering called Jones down pitroad for an evaluation of the damage. The car was not repairable and Jones was sent to the garage.  Jones’ day ended 67 laps early and he finished a disappointing 33rd

What happened to take you out of the race early?

“That’s twice this year with the same car. I don’t know. I guess I play too nice and I think if you give drivers respect you should get it back, but we’re still early in the year here. I hate it. We had a really, really fast car this weekend all week long and our guys did a heck of a job. We’ve got another race in Texas in the fall and we’ll try to make something of that.”

What was the racing like today?

“It’s always so slick here. You have to hold everyone so tight and it’s just something you have to do as a driver. It’s their job to hold onto it, but I’ve been in that same position a few times as well and I’ve been on the other end of that stick too. I won’t forget it. That’s for sure.”

Next Up: The team now heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the ALSCO 300 on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Jones will be back in the No. 19 Menards Jeld-Wen Toyota Supra. The race starts at 1 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by SiriusXM, PRN and FS1.