Looking for Redemption in Michigan

The LTi Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn is the 13th event of the 33-race NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule and the third with Brandon Jones sporting the 1st Foundation livery on the No. 19 Toyota Supra.

Jones has two top-10 results in three career Xfinity Series starts at Michigan, with a best finish of ninth in the 2017 Irish Hills 250.

In 12 Xfinity Series races this season, Jones has two top-fives and six 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 has three career ARCA Series starts at Michigan and he proved quick in each, winning two poles and two races.

Jones won the pole for last year’s ARCA race at Michigan with a lap of 37.532 seconds at 191.836 mph, beating next-best Sheldon Creed by .209 of a second. It was Jones’ second straight ARCA pole at Michigan.

Jones won the 2017 ARCA race at Michigan from the pole. Jones scored the pole with a lap of 37.759 seconds at 190.683 mph, besting second-place Vinnie Miller by just .001 of a second. Jones then proceeded to lead three times for 23 laps, including the final seven, to take the victory by a whopping 20.883 seconds.

Jones’ first appearance in an ARCA race at Michigan was a strong one. He qualified fourth and promptly led three times for a race-high 51 laps, including the final four, to take the checkered flag by 6.557 seconds over Chase Briscoe, who Jones now competes with regularly in the Xfinity Series. It was Jones’ third career ARCA win and it came in just his 15th start.

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, the Atlanta-native has five top-fives, 40 top-10s, two poles and 287 laps led in 116 career starts.

Having had success at Michigan in the past in both the Xfinity Series and ARCA Menards Series, is this a race that you look forward to running each year?

“Despite having a couple tough weekends, I have my eyes set on Michigan. We’ve won back-to-back races in the ARCA Menards Series there, and as a result, I’ve really taken a liking to the track over the years. It’s been a place where we’ve been able to turn our luck around, and I think that’s what it’s going to do for our No. 19 1st Foundation team this weekend. Michigan produces some really fun racing and wild restarts. The racing surface is so wide that you’re able to be four or five wide during the race; it’s very reminiscent to what you see going down the front stretch at Pocono. NASCAR has changed up our aero package from what we ran last year, so while I’m doing my studying and watching old race tape, I’m going to have to go back a few years to try to see something comparable to what we can expect this weekend.” 

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