Closed in on Playoff Cutoff at Roval

Date: September 28, 2019

Event: The Drive for the Cure 200 (Round 28 of 33)

Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway (2.28-mile, Roval)

Format: 200 laps (Stages: 20 laps / 40 laps / 67 laps)

Start / Finish:  15th / 16th (completed 67 of 67 laps)

Point Standing:  10th place -11 points

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20)

  • Brandon Jones started Stage 1 from 15th, finished eighth.
  • Jones and the 19 team headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway to tackle the 67-lap ROVAL and wild card for the first round of the Xfinity Series Playoffs.
  • He reported his Juniper Networks Toyota Supra was tight on the right turns.
  • On lap 18 Jones broke into the top-10 taking the ninth spot.
  • Jones finished Stage 1 in the eighth position gaining valuable playoff points.
  • He pitted at the end of Stage 1 for tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40)

  • Jones started Stage 2 from ninth and finished sixth.
  • He raced the entire second stage in the top-10.
  • Jones’ advised his No. 19 Juniper Supra needed to turn better in the center, but was pretty good.
  • He earned more playoff points by finishing sixth at the end of Stage 2.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 41-67)

  • Jones started the final stage from 10th, finished 16th.
  • Jones narrowly missed a multi car incident on lap 45 during the restart in Turn 1.
  • He needled his way through the carnage and was able to stay in the top-10.
  • On lap 61 Jones was running in sixth place when he was tagged from behind which sent him around, but he was able to keep going.
  • The final caution flag flew on lap 62 and Crew Chief Meendering called him down pitroad for four fresh tires.
  • With three laps to go when the field went green, Jones started from the 25th position and started forging his way back toward the front.  He battled through the field and gained seven spots by lap 66.
  • When he crossed the start/finish line Jones had driven the Juniper Networks Toyota to the 16thposition.

Talk about your day today.
“I knew this race would be a wild card for us. I had some good stages and got some pretty decent points and was running really good at the end. We just had another race taken away from us there from some other driver. I hate it. This was going to be great for us and then Dover we were going to have a lot of momentum built up. I still think this Juniper team does (have momentum). We’ve got a lot of speed. We ran great at Dover last time, so I’m ready to get this one behind us and go on to Dover.”

Next Up: The team now heads to Dover International Speedway for the Drive Sober 200 on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Jones will be in the No. 19 Menards/Atlas Toyota Supra. The race starts at 3:00 p.m. ET with live coverage provided by MRN and NBCSN.