Day Goes Up in Smoke While Leading in Kentucky

Date: July 12, 2019

Event: Alsco 300 (Round 17 of 33)

Location: Kentucky Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)

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

Start / Finish: 6th / 30th  (Completed 106 of 200 laps)

Point Standing:  12th     

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)

  • Brandon Jones and the No. 19 Menards/Swiffer Toyota Supra team started the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway from the sixth position and finished the race 30th.
  • On lap 2, Jones lost several positions, when he drifted out of the groove trying to avoid a loose Tyler Reddick.
  • Jones was listed 15th on lap four but was able to stay focused and sliced and diced his way to fifth before the end of Stage 1.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90)

  • Jones started Stage 2 fifth and finished second
  • The 22-year-old driver took the lead on the Stage 2 restart and remained there until a caution flag flew on lap 55.
  • Jones informed his crew chief Jeff Meendering that his No. 19 Menards Supra was a little loose to compete with the leader  

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-200)

  • Jones started second and finished 30th
  • With a fast race car, Jones retook the lead on lap 97
  • Unfortunately, on lap 100, smoke started filling the cockpit of his No. 19 Toyota Supra
  • Jones day ended on lap 106 for a mechanical failure. 

How much do you know about what happened with the car to take you out of tonight’s race?

“A lot of smoke in the cab. I couldn’t really get the motor over 7,000 RPMs, so kind of a telltale sign for me that the motor was letting go there at the end. That’s twice this weekend that we’ve been leading the race and something has taken us out – whether it’s been mechanical or an incident on the race track. What are you going to do? We’ve been running first both races this week and that’s what we’ve got to do, at least on my behalf. I hate it. We had Menards and we had Swiffer on the car this weekend. It was going great for us. I think we had the car to win the race tonight, but all in all, these guys worked really hard and I think they’re all behind me and we’re going to get this thing figured out.”

How do you stay positive knowing that you did have such a fast race car?

“We talked about it earlier, it’s all about realizing where you’re running when this stuff is happening. We continue to run top five. We continue to lead laps. This pit crew I had tonight was awesome. They were really getting me up front there. You put all that together and we’re going to keep going. These guys got a lot of momentum built up behind them so I think next week will be good.”

Next Up: The team now heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Lakes Region 200 on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Jones will be back in the No. 19 jdgibbslegacy.com Toyota Supra. The race starts at 4:00 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by PRN, SiriusXM and NBCSN.