Finished 11th in First Playoff Race in Richmond

Date: September 20, 2019

Event: Go Bowling 250 (Round 27 of 33)

Location: Richmond Raceway (.75-mile oval)

Format: 250 laps (Stages: 75 laps / 150 laps / 250 laps)

Start / Finish: 11th / 11th (Completed 250 of 250 laps)

Point Standing:  9th     

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75)

  • Brandon Jones started Friday night’s 250-lap NASCAR Xfinity Series race from the 11thposition at Richmond Raceway.  
  • He immediately reported a very tight condition on lap six.
  • Jones was able to run in the top-10 for the first 37 laps, but his Freightliner Supra kept tightening up.
  • Crew chief Jeff Meendering had Jones stay out during the first two cautions but brought him down pitroad on lap 59 for fuel, four tires and wedge and air adjustments.
  • The jack handle malfunctioned causing a long pit stop until Jones was able to drive out releasing the jack from under his Toyota Supra.
  • When racing resumed on lap 66 Jones was in 18th position with fresh tires and was able to gain 10 spots by lap 74. 
  • He finished Stage 1 in the eighth position.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-150)

  • Jones started Stage 2 in the first position after the rest of the field pitted for tires.
  • He ran in the top-10 for the first 20 laps but reported he was still really tight and started to fall back.
  • Jones finished Stage 2 in 16th.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 151-250)

  • Jones started the final stage in 11th
  • He pitted for track bar, wedge and air adjustments to loosen his Supra up.
  • Jones was still fighting a tight condition, but was able to finish 11th when the checkered flag flew.

What are your thoughts on tonight’s race?
“My thoughts on this track still haven’t changed. It’s still difficult. After today, I don’t know, he (Christopher Bell) knows how to get around this place pretty good. We’ve all got similar cars so I just have to figure it out. All in all, we kept fighting. I thought we were going to get a top-10 and I faded super-fast at the end. I didn’t know what line to run or to protect to guard against (Tyler) Reddick there. I don’t think that mattered though too much for us as far as points go. I’m not paying attention to that right now. We’ve got one more tough one, the Roval is coming up. That’s going to be difficult for me, but Dover is also going to be good too. I’ve run well there in the past. Hopefully, that will be good for us and we’ll put this crap behind us and keep going.”

How hard were you fighting to keep the top-10 finish in the closing laps?
“Top-10 is what I strive for all the time. Hate that I had to give it away the last lap. I didn’t know how to defend against it. My car just went super tight. I couldn’t really wrap the bottom very good, but I couldn’t run the middle lane very good either. I didn’t know which one to take. The guy behind us was messing around and found where I wasn’t going. We’re going to keep moving on. Had a pretty decent car today and my guys kept battling.”

Next Up: The team next race is on the home track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the much anticipated ROVAL.  It’s a wildcard race and the only road course in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Jones will be in the No. 19 Juniper Networks Supra. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. ET with live coverage provided by PRN and NBCSN