Date: November 17, 2019
Event: EcoBoost 300 (Round 33 of 33)
Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)
Format: 200 laps (Stages: 45 laps / 90 laps / 200 laps)
Start / Finish: 4th / 8th (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)
Point Standing: 10th
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)
- Brandon Jones had a strong qualifying run and started the 300-lap finale from fourth place Saturday evening at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
- The 200-lap race started out with a flurry of early cautions and Jones stayed out.
- Jones reported throughout the first stage that his Juniper Supra was too tight in the center.
- Crew Chief Jeff Meendering called Jones down pitroad on lap 33 from the eighth spot for fuel, four tires, wedge and air adjustments to loosen up their Toyota. Several cars stayed out and Jones restarted the race from 23rd on lap 37 with four fresh Goodyears.
- He immediately started chewing up the field on the new tires and had gained 18 spots by lap 41.
- When the green white checker flag flew, Jones finished Stage 1 in sixth place.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90)
- Jones started Stage 2 on lap 51 from the fifth position.
- He was still experiencing a tight Supra and ran between fifth and 13th for the next 39 laps.
- The fifth caution flag flew on lap 90 ending Stage 2 and Jones finished in 11th.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-200)
- Jones started the final stage on lap 96 from the 10th position.
- He pitted under caution from eighth on lap 123 for fuel, four tires and more adjustments to loosen up his No. 19 Juniper Networks Toyota.
- On lap 127 racing resumed after the 19 team had a great pitstop and gained four spots to start fourth.
- Jones ran the rest of the race in the top-10 and when he crossed the finish line he earned his 16thtop 10 of the 2019 season by finishing eighth.
In many ways this was a career season for you, Brandon, can you talk about your year and what you are looking forward to in 2020?
“Yeah, it was quite a season. We started off really strong with this group. We continued to run really good throughout the middle half of the season. Just kind of seemed like everything was not falling our way for a long time. After getting the Kansas win, it seemed that kind of helped us turn things back around a little bit. We had some really good runs, and the good thing is, I continued my position here. I think eighth was what I had last year, too. I didn’t get any worse here. We still have some work to do at Homestead, but I’m looking forward to getting with this group in 2020. I think we have a bunch of momentum headed that way. I’m excited to see what we can do. I want to thank everyone at Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing — all of those guys. They help us out a bunch. I’m looking forward to it.”