Friday, May 25, 2018

Brandon Jones - On a Roll Heading into Charlotte

Brandon Jones - On a Roll Heading into Charlotte

Confidence Up after ARCA Win

Last night, Brandon Jones held off a late-race, spirited charge from Riley Herbst to win the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards General Tire 150 Thursday night under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Brandon Jones - Confidence Up after #ARCA Win

Jones, in the No. 12 Mobil 1-TRD Toyota, had a 10-length lead inside of five laps to go when Herbst chopped it down to nothing coming to the white flag. Herbst got to the back bumper of Jones on the last lap but couldn't find a way around the eventual winner. Jones was able to use a lapped car to put two lengths in between himself and Herbst at the checkered flag.

"We gave it all we had…battling for the win," said Jones, who led thirty-two laps. "Every driver out there was putting it all on the line. This is just incredible. I've been to Charlotte so many times, but never been down in that winner's circle. We came to win it, and that's what we did."

Brandon Jones will make his eleventh NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) start with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) behind the wheel of the No. 19 Menards/Jeld-Wen Toyota Camry in the Alsco 300 tomorrow.

The twenty-one-year old Atlanta, Georgia native has been on a roll coming off his fourth consecutive top-10 finish, his first pole with JGR and a very impressive third place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last weekend with Kyle Busch Motorsports. He also tested his No. 19 Xfinity Camry earlier this month at CMS and of course won the ARCA last night.

“Coming off a top 10 run at Dover in the Xfinity Series and then getting a third-place finish in the Truck Series at Charlotte really has boosted my confidence. My team and I recently sat down and set some quarterly goals, which I feel will help us take the next step. Obviously our season-long goal is to make the playoffs, but these quarterly goals help break down that big goal into smaller pieces that are easier to attain on a step-by-step basis. As we prepare for Charlotte, I’m really going to focus on my line. The track has one of the trickiest turn 3 layouts on the circuit—arcing the corner too much, using too much throttle and not enough brakes can all be a big factor for that turn. We made a lot of laps during the Charlotte test a few weeks ago, so I’m excited to see how we unload with our Menards/Jeld-Wen Camry on Thursday afternoon.” – Brandon Jones

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