Date: June 29, 2019
Event: Camping World 300 (Round 15 of 33)
Location: Chicagoland (1.5-mile tri-oval)
Format: 200 laps (Stages: 45 laps / 90 laps / 200 laps)
Start / Finish: 6th/5th (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)
Point Standing: 11th
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)
- Brandon Jones started sixth and finished Stage 1 fourth
- At the drop of the green flag, Jones showed that he had speed in his No.19 Menard/Bali Toyota Supra. He quickly worked his way into the top-five before reporting a tight-handling race car on lap 10.
- At the end of Stage 1 Jones’ crew chief, Jeff Meendering summoned his driver to pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel and adjustments to help with his tight-handling race car.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90)
- Jones started fifth and finished fourth
- On the Stage 2 restart, Jones quick showed his power by passing Christopher Bell and Tyler Riddick.
- On lap 77, while running third, a caution flag flew for Ryan Sieg who spun in Turn 2. Meendering decided to call his driver to pit road for tires and fuel. Several drivers stayed on the race track and Jones restarted 10th with just nine laps remaining in Stage 2
- Jones was able to slice and dice his way fourth before the end of the stage
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-200)
- Jones started second and finish fifth
- The No. 19 team did not pit under the Stage 2 caution allowing the Menard’s Supra to restart second
- The fifth caution flag flew on lap 111 and the No. 19 Toyota Racing team hit pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Unfortunately, Jones was caught speeding in section 10 and was forced to restart at the rear of the field in the 23rd position.
- Jones never gave up and quickly worked his way back into the top-10 with 50 laps remaining in the race
- In the closing laps, Jones continued to show his power and crossed the finish line fifth.
- This was Jones’ third top-five finish of the 2019 season
You guys had an up-and-down day. How did you get back into the top-five?“
It’s tough. It’s on me. You can’t speed on pit road if you are going to try to win one of these races. There was two really good guys all day in the race, but I kind of thought we were third-place all race long. All-in-all, this is where we need to be. We had great stages. Great points day – it’s what we need to do to get back into this thing.”
Next Up: The team now heads to Daytona International Speedway for the Circle K Firecracker 250 on Friday, July 5, 2019. Jones will be back in the No. 19 Menards / Orca Coolers Toyota Supra. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by MRN and NBCSN.