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Playoff Hopes End Early at Dover

Date:  October 5, 2019 

Event:  Drive Sober 200 (Round 29 of 33)

Location:  Dover International Speedway (1-mile, concrete oval)

Format:  200 laps, broken into three stages (45 laps/90 laps/110laps)

Start/Finish:  9th/37th (Accident, completed 2 of 200 laps)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):

  • Brandon Jones and the No. 19 Menards/Atlas team went into Dover on the bubble for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.  They had three consecutive top-10 finishes on the one-mile oval and were focused on getting a solid finish to advance.
  • Unfortunately on the first lap of Stage 1 the 2 and 9 cars got loose on the backstretch causing a chain reaction wreck.  It shot the 18 car down the track in front of Jones, giving him no place to go and wrecking both Supras.   
  • Crew chief Jeff Meendering immediately called Jones down pitroad to evaluate the damage. The Menards crew popped the hood and found extensive damage to the radiator.  It was beyond repair ending their day early and their Playoff aspirations for 2019.

I can’t believe we are talking this early, Brandon. What happened?
“Yeah, I always try to find the positives with this kind of stuff. Obviously, none today. But the good thing is, we can still go win one of these races. I think we can still get to fifth in points. You can’t do anything when these guys spin out. This is a self-cleaning race track; you always get guys going down to the bottom if they have an incident, which is what happened. I was going to go to the top, and I guess he just didn’t have enough momentum yet to start coming across the track. I don’t know man. I’ve had one race like this where I’ve wrecked at the start of the race, so these are tough. I know it’s going to be tough for my guys to rally back from them, but as I’ve mentioned, we’ve got some good tracks coming up. Texas is on my mind. So maybe we will get there and I can win that track.”


Next Up: The NASCAR Xfinity Series is off next weekend, but will return to action in two weeks at Kansas Speedway with Brandon Jones driving the No. 19 Flow Toyota Supra. The race will be broadcast live Saturday, October 19 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.