After a nightmare Stage 3 early exit last week, Brandon Jones wants to focus one at a time at New Hampshire.
With staying ahead of the pack for the entire time, things are moving forward for him & the No.19 XFINITY Series crew at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Brandon Jones went off to a great start from 8th where he gained two spots in Stage 1.
Though the only downside B. Jones reported to team radio is the No.19 car feeling heavy on the bottom line.
He ran comfortably throughout Stage 2 in 4th with an excellent tactic by staying out during the debris caution.
B. Jones then made an appropriate call to stop under yellow with 15 laps to go towards the halfway stage following Ross Chastain’s contact with the wall.
In Stage 3, B. Jones may have restarted 17th after his latest stop.
But he didn’t waste any time in passing drivers as he rebounded on the run home in 6th place.
His 2018 Season So Far.
- 18 Starts
- 3070 of 3271 Laps Completed, 93.9%
- 164 Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 1st, May 2018 in Dover
- Best Finish: 2nd, April 2018 in Talladega
- Two Top 5, 11.1%
- Eight Top 10 finishes, 44.4%
- Average Start: 9.1 & Finish: 14.1
- He currently sits 7th in the Drivers’ Standings with 543 Points.
- 10th, Daytona 1
- 17th, Atlanta
- 7th, Las Vegas
- 11th, Phoenix
- 13th, Fontana
- 33rd/DNF, Texas
- 6th, Bristol
- 10th, Richmond
- 2nd, Talladega
- 10th, Dover
- 15th, Charlotte
- 24th, Pocono
- 18th, Michigan
- 5th, Iowa
- 11th, Chicagoland
- 12th, Daytona
- 36th/DNF, Kentucky
- 6th, New Hampshire
It’s a great race with a solid Top 10 on the board for Brandon Jones.
His Crew Chief Chris Gabehart made the right calls & tactics to help B. Jones finish whenever it is possible.
B. Jones would’ve liked another Top 5 run after coming close during the first two stages in Kentucky last week.
But he will take it as a sign of positive progress going forward.
He & the No.19 crew only needs to keep the faith of their Toyota Camry next weekend in Iowa.
It’s a standalone event this time with no Cup drivers involved.
So B. Jones would want to make a breakthrough & give his shot for the race win.
He came close once before three months ago at Talladega in 2nd.
Let’s see if his time at Joe Gibbs Racing has improved a lot better than the one we’ve seen him over the past two years with Richard Childress Racing.
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