Blogs

Brandon Jones Fends Off Chase Briscoe for Michigan ARCA Win

Brandon Jones Fends Off Chase Briscoe for Michigan ARCA Win

by June 10, 2016 0 comments

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Brandon Jones went to victory lane in the ARCA Racing Series for the first time in two years on Friday, winning the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

The driver of the No. 8 Valvoline/Menards Chevrolet held off a hard-charging Chase Briscoe for his third career win in the series and his first in a Rainier Racing Chevrolet.

Jones, a rookie in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, took control of the 100-lap race prior to the halfway point of the race and managed to fend off the ARCA points leader, Chase Briscoe, to come home with a commanding lead of 6.557 seconds as he took the checkered flag.

“[It’s my] first time being here at Michigan, obviously I’m going to add this one to my list to be joyful about when I come back here,” Jones said. “I think all day long the No. 77 [Briscoe] was a pretty good car in front of us for awhile.

“It was pretty hard to get around him due to the aero on the race car there – I was pretty tight behind him. Once we were able to get around him, we were able to free up a little bit right there getting out of the dirty air and were able to take off.”

The driver of the No. 77 Big Tine Ford led the field to the green flag and immediately worked his way out to a sizable lead. A pit stop under caution on Lap 39 put Briscoe behind the eight ball, however, as he led the field down for service and came off the pit lane second to Jones.

While it may be disappointing to have a win slip away, in the context of the points standings, the 21-year-old Briscoe is leaving Michigan with a smile on his face.

Unofficially, Briscoe will extend his points lead to 145 points over Josh Williams heading into next week’s race at Madison International Speedway.

“I’m definitely happy,” Briscoe stated. “Big picture-wise looking at the points it was a great day for us. Obviously, I want to get the win, but hopefully it’s coming soon. I really felt like I learned a lot today as far as the air goes.

“This was really my second time I had to deal with dirty air. I feel that that’s my biggest worry and struggle right now – figuring out how to manipulate the air and use it to your advantage. I’ve still got a lot of work to do on that side of things, but hopefully we’re going to figure it out.”

Crossing the finish line behind the two youngsters in the top-10 were Kyle Benjamin, Travis Braden, Matt Tifft, Brady Boswell, A.J. Fike, Matt Kurzejewski, Dalton Sargeant and Shane Lee.

Two cautions flew during the evening race with the first coming out on Lap 28 for debris scattered from Dustin Knowles’s left front fender and the second on Lap 39 for Myatt Snider wrecking a backup car in Turn 2.

The ARCA Racing Series’s next race will take place next Sunday afternoon’s race at Madison – the Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200.

Finishing Order of the Corrigan Oil 200

  1. 8 – Brandon Jones
  2. 77 – Chase Briscoe
  3. 28 – Kyle Benjamin
  4. 01 – Travis Braden
  5. 15 – Matt Tifft
  6. 98 – Brady Boswell
  7. 27 – A.J. Fike
  8. 52 – Matt Kurzejewski
  9. 55 – Dalton Sargeant
  10. 32 – Shane Lee
  11. 2 – Sarah Cornett-Ching
  12. 58 – Kyle Weatherman
  13. 51 – Chad Finley
  14. 9 – Thomas Praytor
  15. 08 – Nick Higdon
  16. 20 – Tom Berte
  17. 64 – Morgen Baird
  18. 38 – Sheldon Creed
  19. 48 – Brad Smith
  20. 6 – Josh Williams
  21. 25 – Tom Hessert
  22. 34 – Mike Basham
  23. 22 – Myatt Snider
  24. 19 – David Sear
  25. 14 – Dustin Knowles
  26. 10 – Dick Doheny
  27. 0 – Richard Hauck
  28. 65 – Jeffrey MacZink
  29. 36 – Michael Lira
  30. 23 – Chris Bailey Jr.
  31. 06 – Con Nicolopoulos
  32. 00 – Wayne Peterson

Photo Credit: ARCAracing.com

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

No Comments so far

Jump into a conversation

No Comments Yet!

You can be the one to start a conversation.

Leave a Comment