Brandon Jones Turns Heads with Kentucky Top-Fiveby Kyle Pokrefky September 29, 2015 0 comments
SPARTA, Ky. — By the time Saturday night’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway rolled around, the news had already settled in that Brandon Jones was to compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2016 with Richard Childress Racing.
Making his fifth of five scheduled starts in RCR’s No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro, Jones impressed many with a solid fifth-place performance that was highlighted with the fact that he spent 16 laps of the race in the lead.
While he is only 18 years of age, Jones drove like a seasoned pro on Saturday night – successfully staying on top of the changes in the race track as well as advancing his position on restarts time after time.
“It’s really cool to say on our first mile-and-a-half that we got to run with those guys at the front,” Jones said post-race. “Really cool to do that with Erik [Jones] and Ty [Dillon] and all of those guys and all the people that usually run up front.
“We led some laps so I can’t complain. From where we qualified and where we finished it really showed how great the car was.”
Jones stated that his car was fast when it unloaded at Kentucky, but both he and crew chief Danny Stockman had to work on the setup throughout the race as the track conditions changed.
“We kind of had to play with it during the race,” Jones said. “During practice, we were really good, I felt really consistent. But in the race we kind of had to keep up with the track as best we could. It’s little things like that, but I think the guys did great and they got us out front where we needed to be.”
With Kentucky being his last scheduled start of the year, Jones will prepare for his 2016 full-time run with additional starts in other various series before the close of the racing season.
Alongside of his five-race schedule in the XFINITY Series this year, the Atlanta native was also running partial schedules with GMS Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and with Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series.
His Kentucky result leaves the 18-year-old feeling confident heading into his lengthy XFINITY offseason.
“Definitely coming off of this top-five on a mile-and-a-half gives me a lot of confidence going into the rest of 2015,” Jones said. “We’re going to finish out 2015 in the Truck Series and see if we can get some more top-fives and maybe some wins in that series as well.”
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