Date: November 2, 2019
Event: O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge 300 (Round 31 of 33)
Location: Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)
Format: 200 laps (Stages: 45 laps / 90 laps / 200 laps)
Start / Finish: 9th / 4th (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)
Point Standing: 10th
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)
Brandon Jones started ninth for Saturday night’s chilly race at Texas Motor Speedway and ended Stage 1 in 12th.
The first of nine cautions came out on lap 20 and Jones reported that something was wrong with his steering, maybe a right front tire going down. Crew Chief Jeff Meendering called Jones down pitroad for four new tires and fuel. It was discovered that he had run over some debris and his right front tire was going flat.
When racing resumed on lap 25 Jones was back in the 28th position.
He started his charge back to the front on lap 25 and had gained 16 spots to finish 12th at the end of Stage 1.
Jones pitted at the end of Stage 1 for fuel, four tires and a minor air adjustment to tighten up his Supra.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90)
Jones started Stage 2 on lap 51 form the eighth spot and finished ninth.
He advised Meendering that his iK9 Musket Powder Toyota Supra was tight, but his entry was good.
On lap 84 Meendering had Jones pit to loosen up his Supra, but several cars stayed out setting them up for a different strategy for the rest of the stage.
Jones advanced from 14th when racing went green to finish Stage 2 in ninth place.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-200)
Jones started the final stage from the third position and ran the majority of the stage in the top-five.
Jones was still reporting that his Supra was too tight, but getting better.
On lap 140 Jones pitted for a splash of fuel only while four cars stayed out putting him back in the ninth position from fourth.
He climbed back into the top-five on lap 147 and fought Justin Allgaier over the last 20 laps for the fourth position.
On lap 194 he was able to pass Allgaier, to claim a top-five for the second consecutive race, and his sixth top-five for this season.
Talk about your race, another solid day.
“Yeah, it was interesting tonight for sure. We had that red flag and it seemed like the track cooled off a ton and I don’t think anybody anticipated it going as loose as it did when it happened. A lot of people started sliding in the end and it started becoming a race. Pretty crazy all day. I think these guys rebounded really well. I hit something really big off of (turn) two when they had that big wreck. I heard it go and I lost a ton of steer, so we came in and changed tires and had to fight back from that. I think these guys did a great job with that. We’ve got two more left. Phoenix is going to be pretty big for us to learn as much as I can. I’ve got the truck race and I have this race, so a lot of laps for next week. I know that’s going to be on the mind for next year for Phoenix.”
Next Up: The team heads to ISM Raceway in Phoenix for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 200 on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Jones will be back in the No. 19 Menards/Soleus Toyota Supra. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. ET with live coverage provided by SiriusXM, MRN and NBC.