Date: August 10, 2019
Event: B & L Transport 170 (Round 21 of 33)
Location: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile Road Course)
Format: 75 laps (Stages: 20 laps / 40 laps / 75 laps)
Start / Finish: 9th / 10th (Completed 75 of 75 laps)
Point Standing: 12th
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20)
- Brandon Jones ran in the top-10 for both practices on the 13 turn Mid-Ohio road course.
- Jones had a good qualifying run posting a ninth place starting position.
- On lap 18 Jones reported that he was losing rear grip and had no drive off the corners.
- Crew chief Jeff Meendering made a strategy call and had Jones stay out to collect valuable stage points as he finished Stage 1 in fourth place.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40)
- Jones started Stage 2 on lap 23 from 20th.
- Jones pitted for adjustments to give him more grip and to drive better off the corners.
- After two back-to-back full course cautions on laps 31 and 32, Meendering called Jones down pit road to be off cycle from the rest of the field that stayed out.
- This placed Jones in 25th when racing went green on lap 35.
- The fifth caution flag flew on lap 36 when several cars spun in turn 2.
- Jones drove through the grass trying to miss the wreck, collecting damage to the hood and debris in the nose.
- Meendering called Jones down pit road to assess the damage, remove the debris and tape up the hood.
- After several different pitting strategies Stage 2 ended under caution and Jones ended the stage in the eighth position.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 41-75)
- Jones started the final stage from the eighth position and broke into the top-five on lap 43.
- On lap 44 Jones advanced to third and ran in the top-10 until the final full course caution flag flew on lap 57. Jones pitted for fuel, four tires and more air adjustments to help get more grip.
- When racing resumed on lap 59 Jones was in 12th, but was able to fight his way back into the top-10 on lap 68.
- When he crossed the finish line Jones and the Menards team earned their 10th top-10 for the season.
How was your race?
“It was really good for these guys. Our Menards team worked really hard to get us back in the top-10. They got us some stage points the first stage. Lots of carnage out there. I’m surprised we didn’t get as much damage with that one big one. Came through decent and I kept fighting continuously all day. We kept getting faster and faster and made some really good changes to the Supra there at the end. Wish we had some more laps, I think I was catching the next group. Fun day. Wish we could have been a little bit better, top 10 is where we needed to be at.”
Next Up: The team now heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 300 on Friday, August 16, 2019. Jones will be in the No. 19 Menards/Soleus Toyota Supra. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with live coverage provided by SiriusXM, PRN and NBCSN.