Date: July 27, 2019
Event: US Cellular 250 (Round 19 of 33)
Location: Iowa Speedway (.875-mile oval)
Format: 250 laps (Stages: 60 laps / 120 laps / 250 laps)
Start / Finish: 3 / 33 (Completed 105 of 250 laps)
Point Standing: 12th
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-60)
- The No. 19 Menards / Atlas Toyota Supra was fast right off the hauler.
- Brandon Jones had a very good qualifying run and qualified third and ran there for the first 44 laps.
- The first caution flag flew on lap 44 when the 22 car hit the wall in Turn 1.
- Crew Chief Jeff Meendering advised Jones to pit if the leaders do. Jones pitted for fuel, four tires and air adjustments to loosen him up. When racing resumed Jones was in sixth, but got a great restart and advanced to fourth where he finished Stage 1.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61-120)
- Jones started Stage 2 on lap 69 and had another good restart, claiming the second spot.
- On lap 74 the 18 car spun bringing out a caution. Meendering advised Jones to stay out.
- Racing went green on lap 84 and Jones restarted second. They went five-wide Immediately, sending Jones back to sixth.
- On lap 96 Jones and the 23 and 11 car were going hard at it lap by lap until the 11 car moved up the track pushing Jones into the wall which caused right-side damage.
- Meendering called Jones down pit road to evaluate and repair the damage. They replaced right-side tires and made some repairs. He was able to get back out, but ended up with a right front flat bringing him back down pitroad.
- After a second evaluation, Meendering sent Jones to the garage for repairs for right front suspension damage.
- The Menards / Atlas team went to work and were making repairs until the damage to the front was just too much ending their day early, finishing 33rd.
What happened out there today?
“We had a really good qualifying session, qualified third for the race, and had a really good stage one. These guys worked really, really hard all weekend long. I feel like that was one of the better cars that we’ve had at Iowa in a long time. We had Menard’s on our car. This is always a big race for them being in the Midwest. I look forward to the next race with them at Mid-Ohio. I like Iowa. Found some grip finally in 1 and 2 and I was going to try to make that stuff come alive. It just didn’t work out for us and now we head to Watkins Glen for first road course race of the season.”
Next Up: The team now heads to the first road course of the season, Watkins Glen International for the Zippo 200 on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Jones will be back in the No. 19 1st Foundation Toyota Supra. The race starts at 3:00 p.m. ET with live coverage provided by SiriusXM, MRN and NBCSN.