Brandon Jones is improving race by race after he finished in 10th last night at Richmond Raceway.
Having moved on from his dismay on not entering the Dash 4 Cash, he continues to pick up many positives out on his eighth race since joining Joe Gibbs Racing at the start of the season.
Brandon Jones started in 18th as he used the outside line to gain four spots inside the Top 15.
Playing on with his tactics, B. Jones went on to take the wave around before he finished 8th in the first segment.
He first came on to pit road during the stage break with four tires & fuel as he re-started in 12th.
During the 2/3rds distance of this stage, B. Jones’s position remained unchanged.
Though, he made significant progress when he passed R. Truex in P11 before ending up in 7th at the end of Stage 2.
From a Uncontrolled tire penalty to recovering in 10th place
Jones looked gutted when NASCAR officials hit him with a penalty over an extra crew member on his pit stall too soon.
“You’ve been doing amazing on your worse track on the circuit–all night long,” the No.19 team tells B. Jones.
“That’s called growth.”
“Drive this thing back to the front. You are doing amazing.”
He hasn’t been at this best in recent times at Richmond.
But he’s learning the terrible mistakes that he’s learned so far this race & hoping to bounce back very soon.
And yes, in the last 100 laps, B.Jones has got it right when he recovered from 22nd to finishing in 10th place.
Comparisons, Before and After at Richmond
Before last night
B. Jones’s only best finish before last night’s race is P15 precisely two years ago with Richard Childress Racing.
He finished the race one to five laps down, and all of these the last four occasions comes with RCR.
After the race
His now best finish in 10th marked his first Top 10 finish ever posted at Richmond Raceway in his NASCAR XFINITY Series Career.
He completed all 250 laps for the first time on his fifth occasion at this track.
It’s his Fourth Top 10 finish in the space of three races so far this season.
- Las Vegas
Brandon Jones has back to back Top 10 finishes for the first time in 22 races & his second in the last 64 events (12 Top 10s).
That feat last traced back at both Indianapolis and Iowa in July 2017 until last night.
However, B. Jones hadn’t posted a Top 5 finish in the last 74 races since Kentucky in September 2015.
Richmond Raceway Record Summary
- Five Starts
- 1137 of 1153 laps completed, 98.6%
- One Top 10, 20%
- Average Start: 22.8 and Finish: 20.8
Toyota Care 250, last night’s Summary
- Start: 18th
- Middle: 11th
- Finish: 10th
- Highest Position: 6th
- Lowest Position: 21st
- Average Position: 13th
- Pass Difference: 18
- Green Flag Passes: 48
- Green Flag Times Passed: 30
- Quality Passes 36, 75%
- 12 Fastest Laps
- Top 15 laps: 187, 74.8%
- Laps: 250/250
- Driver Rating: 90.2
Brandon Jones’s 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Season so far.
- Eight Races
- 1502 of 1606 laps completed, 93.5%
- 116 laps led, Nine at Texas and 115 at Bristol
- Four Top 10 finishes, 50%
- Results: 10th (Daytona), 17th (Atlanta), 7th (Las Vegas), 11th (Phoenix), 13th (Fontana), 33rd (Texas), 6th (Bristol) and 10th (Richmond).
- Average Start: 10.9 & Finish: 13.4
- DNF: One, Crash (Texas).
- He currently sits 9th in the Drivers’ Standings with 227 points.
It’s great to hear that Brandon Jones is picking up points and posting another Top 10 finish last night.
He’s moving on the right track week after week.
What’s next for B. Jones is to finally crack a Top 5 finish after not repeating that feat over the last two seasons.
He’s got all the tools & talent that JGR has brought the top-quality equipment for his No.19 Toyota Camry.
It emphasises that B. Jones can make the necessary impact he deserves rather than falling behind at RCR where he failed to make the Playoffs in 2017.
There’s more to come from Brandon Jones as long as JGR provides him a fast race car, then a visit to victory lane will come his time, his way.
Watch this space!
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