Ready to Take on the Monster Mile

  • The Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway is the 10th event of the 33-race NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule and the second with Brandon Jones sporting the 1st Foundation livery on his No. 19 Toyota Supra from Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).
  • In six Xfinity Series starts at Dover, Jones has two top-10 finishes, both earned in 2018. Jones started from the pole and finished 10th in the May 5 OneMain Financial 200 after leading twice for 33 laps. He followed that up with a sixth-place drive in the Oct. 6 Bar Harbor 200 where he led four laps.
  • Jones has also made four NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts at Dover. He has one top-five and three top-10 finishes, and will make his fifth Truck Series start this Friday in the JEGS 200 driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
  • In nine Xfinity Series races this season, Jones has scored two top-fives and four top-10s. The 22-year-old from Atlanta earned a third-place finish in the season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. It’s his best result thus 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 fourth full-time Xfinity Series season, Jones has five top-fives, 38 top-10s and two poles in 113 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.

Dover is known for being a tough track, which is why it’s earned the moniker, The Monster Mile. What will be the key to success this weekend?

“I’m looking forward to going to a place where I’ve had a pretty good track record over the years. I really enjoy racing at Dover, but it’s one of those tracks that is truly its own animal. You have to drive the racecar very aggressively in order to go fast here. That old saying about going slow to go fast definitely does not apply at Dover International Speedway. The concrete surface leads to minimal tire fall-off, so you have to stay on your game the entire race. Last year, we earned the pole with our No. 19 team at Dover, so that gives me an extra boost of confidence going into this weekend with our 1st Foundation team. It’s going to be my first double-header of 2019, so I will definitely have plenty of laps by the time we take the green flag in the Xfinity race.”