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Continuance of Perfection for Brandon Jones Not on the Cards in Madison

Continuance of Perfection for Brandon Jones Not on the Cards in Madison

by August 25, 2014 0 comments

Photo credit: Kyle Pokrefky/The Fourth Turn

MADISON, Wisc. — A three-for-three series debut for Brandon Jones in the ARCA Racing Series was not on the cards in the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 as the 17-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia would finish third in his third race of the season for Turner Scott Motorsports.

The driver of the No. 4 Richmond Water Heaters/Menards Chevrolet was initially supposed to start the race from the 22nd position due to qualifying being washed out on Saturday but would end up starting just outside of the top-10 due to drivers on the grid dropping back. Once the race got underway, Jones would begin to slowly pick drivers off one-by-one and would fight his way to just outside of the top-five by Lap 150.

Late-race issues for Mason Mitchell and Grant Enfinger would move the No. 4 car up to third in the standings. Jones would be able to successfully fend off Tom Hessert for the third position (with some contact) as the laps continued to click off and would be able to get to the rear bumper of Kyle Benjamin in the closing laps but would not be able to make a pass for second as the checkered flag flew.

Jones had the following to say on his race after climbing out of his race car.

“I think it started out a little off there over the bumps and everything, it upset the car,” he said. “I think everyone actually was a little off. Made some pretty good passes I think for a track that’s hard to pass on. We got up to 10th on the initial start – a couple people dropped back – I think that helped a ton to be able to ride. We were there at the end to be able to pass a couple of cars and Shane Huffman made some awesome calls for the No. 4 Menards/Richmond Water Heaters Chevrolet.”

To advance so many positions up the running order felt like an accomplishment for the two-time race winner as he noted that the half-mile Madison International Speedway is not an easy track to pass on.

“… Trying to get [around] people, you got to use them up a little bit there,” he said. “It was pretty hard to pass … you couldn’t do anything on the top and the bottom was definitely where you had to be.”

Should he have cleared Benjamin had there been more laps left, Jones felt as if he had a car capable of tracking down the eventual winner, Justin Boston. Had he had one more late restart, the No. 4 Chevrolet may have had the pace to get to and around the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota.

“I don’t know, I think we were a tenth or so faster on the lap times,” he stated. “Pretty hard to see it in person there, but the lap times showed we were a little bit better. Definitely maybe one more restart we could have contended up there and moved them around some.”

Jones will be in action next in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he will drive the No. 33 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway on September 6th.

Kyle Pokrefky
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