Date: October 19, 2019
Event: Kansas Lottery 300 (Round 30 of 33)
Location: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)
Format: 200 laps (Stages: 45 laps / 90 laps / 110 laps)
Start / Finish: 2nd/1st (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)
- Brandon Jones had a fast Flow Supra in practice and qualified the teal, orange and white Toyota Supra second for the 200-lap race at Kansas Speedway.
- On the start, Jones quickly fell to 12th because of a loose-handling race car.
- The handling on the No. 19 Flow Supra started to come around and Jones worked his way back up to 8th before the green/checkered flag flew on to end Stage 1. Jones’ Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammate Christopher Bell grabbed the stage win.
- Under the caution period crew chief Jeff Meendering summoned his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help with the handling on the No. 19 machine.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90)
- Jones started Stage 2 seventh and finished ninth
- Jones took the green flag for Stage 2 on lap 51 in seventh and worked to sixth before a caution flag flew on lap 69 for JGR teammate Harrison Burton.
- Jones continued to run in the top 10 and was running ninth with the flag to end Stage 2 flew on lap 90
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-200)
- Jones started the final stage sixth and finished first
- Jones was consistently one of the fastest cars on the race track and was running sixth when he kissed the outside wall on lap 138. The contact didn’t seem to effect the handling of Jones’ No. 19 Flow Toyota and he was running fifth when a caution flag on lap 145.
- Under the caution flag, Jones hit pit road for a scheduled four tire pit stop. Unfortunately, Jones was hit with a safety violation penalty and was forced to restart the race 11th with 49 laps remaining in the race.
- On lap 185, Chase Briscoe and Bell were battling for the lead when a lap down car caused Briscoe and Bell to make contact. This brought out a caution with just 16 laps remaining in the race.
- On the lap 10 restart, Jones rocketed to the lead before the final caution flag flew on lap 193.
- With five laps remaining, Jones was able to speed away on the restart and held of a charging Briscoe to grab his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win.
How much redemption do you feel after this win?
“This is incredible. I knew this was going to happen – that we were going to come here and have an amazing run like we did today. It’s only because of those guys here. They have fought with me for a long time, and this feels way better because it has been tough to get to this point. Everyone that has been a part of my career to this point – Flow was on today, a new sponsor with us, we have had Menards in the past, iK9, Toyota, for all they do. I don’t think I could have done this without the manufacturer. I wish my parents were here. They have been through a bunch of wins with me. All-in-all, I cannot wait to celebrate with these guys.”
I can hear the emotion in your voice. You have come close so many times before. What was going through your mind those last couple of laps?
“I’m not going to lie about this. My foot was literally shaking on the accelerator on that last lap. I’m not even sure if I was wide open at the time, when I was doing it. There was a lot of nerves. A lot of emotion going through my mind, but I saw it coming and got pretty pumped.”
Next Up: The NASCAR Xfinity Series is off next weekend.