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Brandon Jones (racing driver)

Brandon A. Jones (born February 18, 1997) is an American professional stock car racing driver. Formerly a development driver for the now defunct Eddie Sharp Racing and Turner Scott Motorsports teams, he currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 19 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing and part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Brandon Jones
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Jones at Richmond Raceway, 2018
Born (1997-02-18) February 18, 1997 (age 22)
Atlanta, Georgia
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
137 races run over 5 years
Car no., teamNo. 19 (Joe Gibbs Racing)
2019 position10th
Best finish9th (2018)
First race2015 3M 250 (Iowa)
Last race2019 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
First win2019 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 50 2
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career
45 races run over 7 years
Truck no., teamNo. 51 (Kyle Busch Motorsports)
2019 position98th
Best finish15th (2015)
First race2013 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
Last race2019 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 22 0
Statistics current as of November 16, 2019.

Racing careerEdit

Jones began racing in 2010 at age 13, under the supervision of short track racer Bubba Gale and his son former KHI development driver Cale Gale. Jones would race full-time in 2011 in the pro truck divisions at Lanier Raceplex and Gresham Motorsports Park in Georgia, winning track points championships at both facilities. Jones raced in late models for Eddie Sharp Racing in 2012, competing in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and United Auto Racing Association (UARA) series. Jones would make his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East later that year at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, finishing 14th in the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet after wrecking on the last lap while running in fifth place. In 2013 at the age of 15, Jones signed a contract to drive for Turner Motorsports (later Turner Scott Motorsports) to run the full UARA season, the PASS Series, six races in the K&N East Series and one in the West series, and selected NASCAR Late Model Stock races. Cale Gale and Mike Greci would serve as crew chiefs for Jones.[1][2][3] Jones would also make his national series debut in the Camping World Truck Series for TSM, running the No. 33 truck for the team beginning at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.[2][4] Jones finished 27th at Bristol, 20th at Iowa, and 19th at Martinsville.

 
Jones at Kentucky Speedway in September 2015

In 2014, Jones would move into the K&N Pro Series East full-time for Turner Scott Motorsports, joining fellow teenager Ben Rhodes. Jones also ran an expanded Truck Series schedule and select ARCA Racing Series events. Jones' efforts would be headed by another former driver Shane Huffman.[5] Jones won his debut ARCA race at Winchester Speedway, scored a second win at Indianapolis Raceway Park and finished third at Madison International Speedway.[6][7] He would score his first K&N Pro Series win at Iowa Speedway in August, holding off former teammate Kenzie Ruston and Cole Custer.[8] After 14 of 16 races in the K&N East Series and three Truck Series races, which included a fourth-place finish at Dover, Jones would part ways with TSM due to internal issues in the organization, joining Richard Childress Racing for the remaining K&N races.[7] Jones would run the 33 truck for GMS Racing in two additional races, sponsored by Rheem brand Russell.[9][10] He would finish 4th in the K&N Pro Series East standings.[11]

 
Jones' No. 33 at Road America in 2016

For 2015, RCR signed Jones to a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, sharing the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro with Childress' grandson Austin Dillon and Paul Menard. When Jones raced in his final Xfinity race in 2015, he scored his first top 5 and his career-best finish as a 5th place outing. Jones also ran a part-time schedule in the ARCA Racing Series,[11] sharing the No. 25 Menards Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports with ARCA legend Frank Kimmel.[12] In January, it was announced that Jones would return to GMS Racing for 16 Truck Series races in 2015.[13][14] Jones also ran select K&N Pro Series East races for NTS Motorsports.[15] On September 24, RCR announced that Jones would begin competing full-time in the Xfinity Series in 2016.[16] Jones also joined Ranier Racing to compete part-time in the Truck Series, driving the No. 71.[17][18] Jones started the season with a 7th-place finish after being involved in the first crash at Daytona. Then at Talladega, Jones had his breakout race, leading the most laps, 31 total, then finishing 18th.

To start off 2017, Jones won his first career Xfinity Series pole at Daytona with a speed of 184.472 mph. In the race, Jones would run in the top 10 up until lap 29 when he was hit in the right rear by Justin Allgaier. This caused Jones to turn hard right into the SAFER Barrier nearly head on at 185 mph. He walked away from the crash unharmed. In an interview following, Jones called the crash "The hardest hit I've ever had." Jones later have a dismal 2017 season with 8 DNF's and not making into the Playoffs, despite driving a top tier car.

 
Jones' No. 19 at Road America in 2018

On November 15, 2017, it was announced that Jones would replace Matt Tifft at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018.[19] Tifft signed with RCR, making it a de facto driver swap. After 17 top 10s, two top fives, and his second career pole at Dover in May, he finished 9th in final points after being eliminated in the Round of 12 in the playoffs.

In 2019, Jones once again made it to the playoffs, but was eliminated in the Round of 12. Despite being eliminated, he scored his first win at Kansas.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Brandon Jones is the son of JR Jones,[13][17][21] President and CEO of Rheem Comfort Products, which has sponsored Jones (until 2015),[17][22] Kevin Harvick, Turner Scott Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, and several other teams through their Rheem, RUUD, Richmond, and Russel/HTPG brands.[13][17][23]

Jones graduated from Lake Norman High School in Mooresville, North Carolina.[2][24]

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 Ref
2015 Richard Childress Racing 33 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL IOW
8
CLT DOV MCH CHI DAY KEN NHA IND IOW
20
GLN MOH
29
BRI
13
ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN
5
DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 92nd 01 [25]
2016 DAY
7
ATL
11
LVS
6
PHO
11
CAL
9
TEX
9
BRI
11
RCH
15
TAL
18*
DOV
25
CLT
7
POC
8
MCH
10
IOW
12
DAY
29
KEN
11
NHA
11
IND
10
IOW
16
GLN
13
MOH
19
BRI
9
ROA
16
DAR
9
RCH
23
CHI
10
KEN
26
DOV
17
CLT
16
KAN
8
TEX
19
PHO
18
HOM
15
10th 2168 [26]
2017 DAY
28
ATL
14
LVS
15
PHO
15
CAL
32
TEX
15
BRI
20
RCH
33
TAL
37
CLT
16
DOV
29
POC
36
MCH
9
IOW
23
DAY
19
KEN
40
NHA
34
IND
9
IOW
10
GLN
14
MOH
14
BRI
20
ROA
25
DAR
23
RCH
23
CHI
12
KEN
13
DOV
39
CLT
13
KAN
11
TEX
35
PHO
15
HOM
14
16th 549 [27]
2018 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 Toyota DAY
10
ATL
17
LVS
7
PHO
11
CAL
13
TEX
33
BRI
6*
RCH
10
TAL
2
DOV
10
CLT
15
POC
24
MCH
18
IOW
5
CHI
11
DAY
12
KEN
36
NHA
6
IOW
12
GLN
7
MOH
23
BRI
29
ROA
9
DAR
12
IND
10
LVS
7
RCH
8
CLT
22
DOV
6
KAN
36
TEX
6
PHO
7
HOM
8
9th 2186 [28]
2019 DAY
3
ATL
4
LVS
28
PHO
7
CAL
7
TEX
33
BRI
14
RCH
33
TAL
18
DOV
7
CLT
10
POC
38
MCH
6
IOW
11
CHI
4
DAY
30
KEN
30
NHA
9
IOW
33
GLN
17
MOH
10
BRI
11
ROA
16
DAR
7
IND
6
LVS
3
RCH
11
CLT
16
DOV
37
KAN
1
TEX
4
PHO
11
HOM
8
10th 2207 [29]

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Gander Outdoors 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 NGOTC Pts Ref
2013 Turner Scott Motorsports 33 Chevy DAY MAR CAR KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI
27
MSP IOW
20
CHI LVS TAL MAR
19
TEX PHO HOM 41st 67 [30]
2014 DAY MAR
15
KAN CLT DOV
4
TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI
20
MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL 31st 138 [31]
GMS Racing MAR
32
TEX PHO
12
HOM
2015 DAY ATL MAR
15
KAN
30
CLT
13
DOV
8
TEX
22
GTW
12
IOW
2
KEN
10
ELD POC MCH BRI
5
MSP
26
CHI
17
NHA LVS
5
TAL
2
MAR
7
TEX
7
PHO
32
HOM
31
15th 482 [32]
2016 Ranier Racing with MDM 71 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV
20
CLT
11
TEX IOW
17
GTW KEN
7
ELD POC BRI
9
MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 86th 01 [33]
2017 MDM Motorsports 99 DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT
31
DOV
6
TEX GTW IOW
3
KEN
2
ELD POC MCH BRI
10
MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 77th 01 [34]
2018 Kyle Busch Motorsports 51 Toyota DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN
9
CHI
5
KEN
4
ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS
26
TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 94th 01 [35]
46 CLT
3
TEX IOW GTW
2019 51 DAY ATL LVS MAR TEX DOV
13
KAN
5
CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI
2
KEN
23
POC ELD MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR PHO
2
HOM 98th 01 [36]

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2012 Eddie Sharp Racing 33 Chevy BRI GRE RCH IOW BGS GRE LGY CNB COL IOW NHA DOV GRE
14
CAR 60th 30 [37]
2013 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevy BRI
31
GRE PEN RCH
36
BGS IOW
8
LGY COL IOW
19
VIR GRE NHA
12
DOV
7
RAL 23rd 151 [38]
2014 NSM
3
DAY
DNQ
BRI
8
GRE
23
RCH
7
IOW
5
BGS
4
FFL
2
LGY
6
NHA
21
COL
14
IOW
1
GLN
6
VIR
7
GRE
7
DOV
21
4th 551 [39]
Shayne Lockhart 18 Toyota DAY
24
2015 NTS Motorsports 33 Chevy NSM GRE BRI
5
IOW BGS LGY COL NHA IOW GLN MOT VIR RCH
15
DOV 36th 68 [40]
2017 MDM Motorsports 40 Chevy NSM GRE BRI SBO SBO MEM BLN TMP NHA IOW GLN
11
LGY NJM DOV 54th 33 [41]
2019 Bill McAnally Racing 19 Toyota NSM BRI SBO SBO MEM NHA IOW GLN
14
BRI GTW NHA DOV 40th 30 [42]

K&N Pro Series WestEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2013 Turner Scott Motorsports 33 Chevy PHO S99 BIR IOW L44 SON CNS IOW EVG SRP MMP SMP AAS KCR PHO
17
63rd 26 [43]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

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

ARCA Racing 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 ARSC Pts Ref
2014 Turner Scott Motorsports 4 Chevy DAY MOB SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH ELK WIN
1
CHI IRP
1
POC BLN ISF MAD
3
DSF SLM KEN KAN 37th 600 [44]
2015 Venturini Motorsports 25 Toyota DAY MOB
2
NSH
4
SLM
6
TAL
4
TOL NJE
10
POC MCH CHI WIN
3*
IOW
11
IRP
5
POC BLN ISF DSF SLM KEN
12
KAN
22
15th 1925 [45]
2016 Ranier Racing with MDM 8 Chevy DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL NJE POC
3
MCH
1*
MAD WIN IOW IRP POC BLN ISF DSF SLM CHI
22
KEN
29
KAN
4
31st 875 [46]
2017 MDM Motorsports DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL ELK POC
2
MCH
1
MAD IOW IRP POC WIN ISF ROA DSF SLM CHI
3
KEN KAN 33rd 695 [47]
2018 12 Toyota DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL CLT
1
POC MCH
22
MAD GTW CHI IOW ELK POC ISF BLN DSF SLM IRP KAN 61st 370 [48]

ReferencesEdit

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