Finished 7th at the Lady in Black

Date: August 31, 2019

Event: Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 (Round 24 of 33)

Location: Darlington Raceway (1.366-mile oval)

Format: 147-laps (Stages: 45 laps / 90 laps / 147 laps)

Start / Finish: 7th / 7th (Completed 147 of 147 laps)

Point Standing: 11th    

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)

  • Brandon Jones had a good qualifying run and started the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 from the seventh position. 
  • On lap 11 the first caution flag flew and Jones reported a loose condition saying that he was losing rear grip.
  • Crew Chief Jeff Meendering advised Jones to stay out and they would make adjustments when they pitted.
  • Jones and Dale Earnhardt Jr swapped seventh and eighth positions back and forth for over 20 laps.
  • Stage 1 ended on lap 45 and Jones finished in eighth place collecting stage points.  

 Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90)

  • Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and wedge adjustments to tighten up his Mojo Outdoors iK9 Toyota Supra. Unfortunately, Jones slid by his pit stall on lap 46 and had to back up into his stall for service.
  • He started Stage 2 from 16th and immediately started forging his way back toward the top-10 and finished Stage 2 in eighth on lap 90.   
  • Jones pitted on lap 92 for fuel, four tires and wedge and air adjustments.  Jones had a hard time pitting around the 2 car and lost three positions.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-147)

  • Jones started the final stage on lap 97 from the 11th position and broke into the top-10 on lap 99.
  • Jones reported he was still too loose on lap 118.
  • He advanced to ninth on lap 125 and eighth on lap 135.
  • Jones finished the 147-lap race on “The Track Too Tough to Tame” in a very strong eighth place and earned his 11th top-10 for the 2019 season.

Talk about your run today at Darlington.
“Today went, honestly, really, really well. I had a great qualifying effort. That was a good spot for us to qualify at here. It’s a really tough place to lay a quick lap time down, so it was a great start to the day. I had fun in that first stage getting to race Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. when he came back there. A good time for sure. Just kind of a little bit sloppy on my end on pit road for whatever reason, just didn’t see the sign really well and missed the first one. The second one, we had to come around the 2 (Tyler Reddick) all day, which was hurting us a little bit as well there, too. All in all, though, running top-four lap times the majority of the race.”

Next Up: The team now heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indiana 250 on Saturday, September 7, 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.