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Brandon Allen Hightower (born March 17, 1998) is an American professional racing driver who currently competes racing sprint cars. He has also raced stock cars, drivng in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for MBM Motorsports, JP Motorsports and JD Motorsports, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for MB Motorsports, Contreras Motorsports, B. J. McLeod Motorsports and TJL Motorsports.

Brandon Hightower
BornBrandon Allen Hightower
(1998-03-17) March 17, 1998 (age 21)
Deville, Louisiana
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight150 lb (68 kg)
AwardsArk-La-Tex Wing Modified Rookie of the Year (2012)
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
19 races run over 3 years
2018 position45th
Best finish43rd (2016)
First race2016 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (Richmond)
Last race2018 Lilly Diabetes 250 (Indianapolis)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
3 races run over 3 years
2017 position93rd
Best finish73rd (2015)
First race2015 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race2017 Eldora Dirt Derby (Eldora)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 17, 2018.

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Racing careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Starting at the age of 14, Hightower raced on local dirt tracks, eventually fostering a connection with NASCAR driver David Starr after a chance meeting at a truck stop.[1]

Xfinity SeriesEdit

Hightower made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in late 2016, driving the No. 13 for MBM Motorsports at Richmond International Raceway.[2] After finishing 35th in the race, he ran six more for MBM to close out the season. His best finish was 25th, which came at Dover International Speedway.[3] He ran three races in early 2017, also with MBM.[4]

On May 22, 2018, it was announced that Hightower would take over JP Motorsports' No. 55 entry for the remainder of the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, replacing Stephen Leicht.[5] Hightower drove seven races for the team before suddenly leaving the team; a lwasuit was eventually filed by Hightower against the team but was later dropped. Hightower later said that he would rather race sprint cars than pay $40,000 to drive stock cars like he was paying at JPM.[6] Days later, Hightower announced that he would run the rest of the season's oval races with JD Motorsports,[7] but Iowa was the only race that Hightower drove for JD.

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

In 2015, Hightower made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in 2015, driving for MB Motorsports at Martinsville Speedway. He finished 27th.[8] One start in 2016, for Contreras Motorsports, yielded a crash at Talladega Superspeedway.[9] Contreras Motorsports announced during the offseason that Hightower would drive full time.[10] He was left without a ride, however, when Contreras shut down the team and sold the assets to D.J. Copp, who formed Copp Motorsports. Hightower returned to his dirt roots at Eldora in 2017, driving the number 1 truck for TJL Motorsports.[11]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts
2016 MBM Motorsports 13 Dodge DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH
35
CHI KEN DOV
25
CLT
34
KAN
39
TEX
35
PHO
26
HOM
30
43rd 63
2017 40 Toyota DAY
13
ATL 54th 26
13 Chevy LVS
38
PHO
40 Dodge CAL
38
TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
2018 JP Motorsports 55 Toyota DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT
27
POC
32
MCH
35
IOW
30
CHI
26
DAY
30
KEN
26
NHA 45th 64
JD Motorsports 15 Chevy IOW
27
GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR
MBM Motorsports 66 Dodge IND
37
LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts
2015 MB Motorsports 08 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR
27
TEX 73rd 17
B. J. McLeod Motorsports 45 Chevy PHO
DNQ
HOM
2016 Contreras Motorsports 71 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL
30
MAR TEX PHO HOM 109th 01
2017 TJL Motorsports 1 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD
24
POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 93rd 01

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Local teenager achieving NASCAR dream". thetowntalk.com. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Rookie Brandon Hightower to Pilot No. 13 Dodge Charger at Richmond International Raceway". Catchfence. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Driver Brandon Hightower 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "Driver Brandon Hightower 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "Brandon Hightower joins JP Motorsports; Leicht leaves team". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  6. ^ Albino, Dustin. "JP Motorsports Returning in 2019 Despite Accusations of Missed Payments, Violence". Frontstretch. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Kristl, Mark. "NASCAR Xfinity Series: Brandon Hightower, JD Motorsports' Newest Driver". Beyond The Flag. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  8. ^ "Pierce places 22nd in asphalt debut at Martinsville". The Warren County Record. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Grant Enfinger scores first NASCAR victory in Talladega trucks race". USA TODAY. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  10. ^ "Brandon Hightower set to compete full-time for Contreras Motorsports in 2017". Behind The Wheel Blog. December 26, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Beard, Brock (July 18, 2017). "Preliminary Entry List Storylines: Indianapolis and Eldora". LASTCAR. Retrieved May 23, 2018.

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