Day of Highs and Lows Ends with 10th-Place Finish

Date: May 25, 2019

Event: Alsco 300 (Round 11 of 33)

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

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

Start / Finish: 5th / 10th (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)

Point Standing: 12th  

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)

  • Brandon Jones had a strong qualifying run and started the Alsco 300 from fifth.
  • He ran in the top-five for the entire first stage but relayed that his Menards/Jeld-Wen Supra was loose and he could feel his splitter hitting the track.
  • Jones ran fifteen laps in third and was reported as the fastest car on the track for several laps.
  • He finished Stage 1 in a very strong fifth place.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90)

  • Jones started first, finished 27th.
  • Crew chief Jeff Meendering called Jones down pitroad for fuel, four tires and a wedge adjustment.
  • The Menards crew blistered off a great pitstop placing Jones in the lead position.
  • When the green flag flew on lap 54, Jones had a great restart and led 22 laps.
  •  Jones hit debris while running in second with two laps to go in Stage 2 causing his right front tire to go down and pushing him into the outside wall.
  • Meendering advised Jones to pit so they could assess the damage and fix the front end damage and toe alignment.
  • They had three trips down pitroad for damage repair and were able to get Jones back out only one lap down in 27th place. 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-200)

  • Jones started 27th and finished 10th.
  • Jones started the final stage from 27th one lap down on lap 99.
  • The caution flag flew on lap 101 and Jones was in the Lucky Dog position and got back on the lead lap.
  • Jones started knifing his way back through the field and fought his way back into the top-10 by lap 150.
  • The eighth caution flag flew on lap 158 and Jones had a very aggressive restart on lap 162 from the 12th position, grabbing six positions moving him up to sixth.
  • He fought his way back into the top-five by lap 169 and was in second on lap 178.
  • The final yellow came out with 20 laps to go and Jones stayed out running in third on lap 185 when his Toyota was too tight causing him to hit the wall again slowing his Menards Jeld/Wen Supra down.  Jones kept fighting hard in the extreme heat and was able to capture a tenth place finish his sixth top-10 of the 2019 season. 

How was your day after salvaging a top-10 finish following a few brush-ups with the wall?

“This was not ideal temperatures to be fighting the car like that. I think a top 10 was great. I tried again that last little bit to use the outside (lane). I know a lot of guys were doing that and I was just too tight there with the damage that I had to do it. I hit the wall again. All in all, I think 10th was pretty good considering what we had today. We had Menards back on the car, so I know you could see that Supra all day long on the race track and we’re in Jeld-Wen’s backyard as well. All in all, we can build off that. I had a lot of confidence. I think on those restarts a couple of times I was able to jump out a lot and gain some ground, so I think that was big.”

Next Up: The team now heads to Pocono Raceway for the Pocono Green 250 on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Jones will be back in the No. 19 Juniper Networks Toyota Supra. The race starts at 1 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by MRN and FS1.