Brandon Jones | |||||||
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Born | Brandon A. Jones February 18, 1997 Atlanta, Georgia | ||||||
NASCAR Xfinity Series career | |||||||
220 races run over 8 years | |||||||
Car no., team | No. 19 (Joe Gibbs Racing) | ||||||
2020 position | 7th | ||||||
Best finish | 6th (2020) | ||||||
First race | 2015 3M 250 (Iowa) | ||||||
Last race | 2022 Andy's Frozen Custard 300 (Texas) | ||||||
First win | 2019 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas) | ||||||
Last win | 2022 Call 811 Before You Dig 250 (Martinsville) | ||||||
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career | |||||||
49 races run over 8 years | |||||||
2020 position | 80th | ||||||
Best finish | 15th (2015) | ||||||
First race | 2013 UNOH 200 (Bristol) | ||||||
Last race | 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 (Martinsville) | ||||||
First win | 2020 Pocono Organics 150 (Pocono) | ||||||
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ARCA Menards Series career | |||||||
27 races run over 7 years | |||||||
ARCA no., team | No. 81 (Joe Gibbs Racing) | ||||||
Best finish | 15th (2015) | ||||||
First race | 2014 Herr's Chase the Taste 200 (Winchester) | ||||||
Last race | 2022 Calypso Lemonade 150 (Iowa) | ||||||
First win | 2014 Herr's Chase the Taste 200 (Winchester) | ||||||
Last win | 2022 General Tire Delivers 100 (New York) | ||||||
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ARCA Menards Series East career | |||||||
28 races run over 7 years | |||||||
ARCA East no., team | No. 81 (Joe Gibbs Racing) | ||||||
Best finish | 4th (2014) | ||||||
First race | 2012 Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 (Greenville-Pickens) | ||||||
Last race | 2022 Calypso Lemonade 150 (Iowa) | ||||||
First win | 2014 Autolite Iridium XP 150 (Iowa) | ||||||
Last win | 2022 Calypso Lemonade 150 (Iowa) | ||||||
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ARCA Menards Series West career | |||||||
1 race run over 1 year | |||||||
Best finish | 63rd (2013) | ||||||
First race | 2013 Casino Arizona 50 (Phoenix) | ||||||
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Statistics current as of February 26, 2022. |
Brandon A. Jones^{[1]} (born February 18, 1997) is an American professional stock car racing driver who competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 19 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing, as well as part-time in the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series East, driving the No. 81 Toyota Camry for JGR. He has also competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (now the ARCA Menards Series West) in the past.
He is currently a Toyota development driver and was formerly a development driver for the now defunct Eddie Sharp Racing and Turner Scott Motorsports teams as well as GMS Racing and Richard Childress Racing.
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.^{[2]}^{[3]}^{[4]} 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.^{[3]}^{[5]} Jones finished 27th at Bristol, 20th at Iowa, and 19th at Martinsville.
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.^{[6]} Jones won his debut ARCA race at Winchester Speedway, scored a second win at Indianapolis Raceway Park and finished third at Madison International Speedway.^{[7]}^{[8]} He would score his first K&N Pro Series win at Iowa Speedway in August, holding off former teammate Kenzie Ruston and Cole Custer.^{[9]} 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.^{[8]} Jones would run the 33 truck for GMS Racing in two additional races, sponsored by Rheem brand Russell.^{[10]}^{[11]} He would finish 4th in the K&N Pro Series East standings.^{[12]}
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,^{[12]} sharing the No. 25 Menards Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports with ARCA legend Frank Kimmel.^{[13]} In January, it was announced that Jones would return to GMS Racing for 16 Truck Series races in 2015.^{[14]}^{[15]} Jones also ran select K&N Pro Series East races for NTS Motorsports.^{[16]} On September 24, RCR announced that Jones would begin competing full-time in the Xfinity Series in 2016.^{[17]} Jones also joined Ranier Racing to compete part-time in the Truck Series, driving the No. 71.^{[18]}^{[19]} 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 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 it into the Playoffs. There is speculation as to whether the no. 33 was an R&D setup car.
On November 15, 2017, it was announced that Jones would replace Matt Tifft at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018.^{[20]} 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.^{[21]}
Jones began the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season with two straight top-ten finishes.^{[22]} After winning the pole in the third race at Auto Club Speedway,^{[23]} he scored his second career Xfinity win the following week at Phoenix Raceway after passing Kyle Busch with 20 laps remaining.^{[24]}
On October 13, 2020, Jones was confirmed for another season with JGR's Xfinity team.^{[25]}
On April 8, 2022, Jones won at Martinsville Speedway with a last lap pass over the night's most dominant driver Ty Gibbs, earning his first win since 2020, his first win of the 2022 season, and the 5th win of his Xfinity Series career.
On May 25, 2022, it was announced that Jones would return to the ARCA Menards Series to run five races (Charlotte, Iowa, Pocono, Watkins Glen and Bristol) in the No. 81 car for Joe Gibbs Racing. The races at Iowa and Bristol are also combination races with the ARCA Menards Series East, which was previously the K&N Pro Series East, marking Jones' first starts in that series since 2019. Although JGR sold their ARCA team to Kyle Busch Motorsports before the start of the 2022 season, this entry will be a JGR car and not a KBM car.^{[26]}
On September 14, 2022, it was announced that Jones would return to a Chevrolet-based team, JR Motorsports, in 2023, replacing Noah Gragson, who moved to Petty GMS Motorsports' No. 42 car full-time.^{[27]}^{[28]}
Brandon Jones is the son of JR Jones,^{[14]}^{[18]}^{[29]} President and CEO of Rheem Comfort Products, which has sponsored Jones,^{[18]}^{[30]} Kevin Harvick, Turner Scott Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, and several other teams through their Rheem, RUUD, Richmond, and Russel/HTPG brands.^{[14]}^{[18]}^{[31]}
Jones graduated from Lake Norman High School in Mooresville, North Carolina.^{[3]}^{[32]}
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)
NASCAR Xfinity Series results | |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
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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 | 0^{1} | ^{[33]} |
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 | ^{[34]} | |||
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 | ^{[35]} | |||
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 | ^{[36]} |
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 | ^{[37]} | |||
2020 | DAY 4 |
LVS 6 |
CAL 30* |
PHO 1 |
DAR 20 |
CLT 27 |
BRI 3 |
ATL 8 |
HOM 8 |
HOM 2 |
TAL 16 |
POC 36 |
IND 37 |
KEN 36 |
KEN 30 |
TEX 7 |
KAN 1 |
ROA 14 |
DAY 2 |
DOV 16 |
DOV 4 |
DAY 13 |
DAR 1 |
RCH 14 |
RCH 8 |
BRI 8 |
LVS 11 |
TAL 4 |
CLT 10 |
KAN 9 |
TEX 25 |
MAR 9 |
PHO 3 |
6th | 2273 | ^{[22]} | |||
2021 | DAY 38 |
DAY 4 |
HOM 2 |
LVS 3 |
PHO 33 |
ATL 37 |
MAR 5 |
TAL 37 |
DAR 3 |
DOV 35 |
COA 17 |
CLT 8 |
MOH 4 |
TEX 5 |
NSH 6 |
POC 7 |
ROA 19 |
ATL 39 |
NHA 38 |
GLN 6 |
IND 36 |
MCH 2 |
DAY 40 |
DAR 33 |
RCH 20 |
BRI 5 |
LVS 6 |
TAL 2 |
CLT 5 |
TEX 10 |
KAN 11 |
MAR 6 |
PHO 7 |
7th | 2239 | ^{[38]} | |||
2022 | DAY 17 |
CAL 33 |
LVS 10 |
PHO 2 |
ATL 7 |
COA 18 |
RCH 13 |
MAR 1 |
TAL 26 |
DOV 7 |
DAR 7 |
TEX 14 |
CLT 16 |
PIR 11 |
NSH 14 |
ROA 5 |
ATL 11 |
NHA 28 |
POC 17 |
IND 15 |
MCH 4 |
GLN 24 |
DAY 20 |
DAR 14 |
KAN 4 |
BRI 2 |
TEX 27 |
TAL | CLT | LVS | HOM | MAR | PHO | -* | -* | ^{[39]} |
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results | ||||||||||||||||||||||
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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 | SPO | MMP | SMP | AAS | KCR | PHO 17 |
63rd | 26 | ^{[48]} |
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)
ARCA Menards Series East results | ||||||||||||||||||||||
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Year | Team | No. | Make | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | AMSEC | Pts | Ref |
2012 | Eddie Sharp Racing | 33 | Chevy | BRI | GRE | RCH | IOW | BGS | JFC | LGY | CNB | COL | IOW | NHA | DOV | GRE 14 |
CAR | 60th | 30 | ^{[56]} | ||
2013 | Turner Scott Motorsports | Chevy | BRI 31 |
GRE | FIF | RCH 36 |
BGS | IOW 8 |
LGY | COL | IOW 19 |
VIR | GRE | NHA 12 |
DOV 7 |
RAL | 23rd | 151 | ^{[57]} | |||
2014 | NSM 3 |
DAY DNQ |
BRI 8 |
GRE 23 |
RCH 7 |
IOW 5 |
BGS 4 |
FIF 2 |
LGY 6 |
NHA 21 |
COL 14 |
IOW 1 |
GLN 6 |
VIR 7 |
GRE 7 |
DOV 21 |
4th | 551 | ^{[58]} | |||
DRIVE Technology | 18 | Toyota | DAY 24 |
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2015 | NTS Motorsports | 33 | Chevy | NSM | GRE | BRI 5 |
IOW | BGS | LGY | COL | NHA | IOW | GLN | MOT | VIR | RCH 15 |
DOV | 36th | 68 | ^{[59]} | ||
2017 | MDM Motorsports | 40 | Chevy | NSM | GRE | BRI | SBO | SBO | MEM | BLN | TMP | NHA | IOW | GLN 11 |
LGY | NJM | DOV | 54th | 33 | ^{[60]} | ||
2019 | Bill McAnally Racing | 19 | Toyota | NSM | BRI | SBO | SBO | MEM | NHA | IOW | GLN 14 |
BRI | GTW | NHA | DOV | 40th | 30 | ^{[61]} | ||||
2022 | Joe Gibbs Racing | 81 | Toyota | NSM | FIF | NSV | DOV | IOW 1 |
MLW | BRI 2 |
19th | 90 | ^{[62]} |
^{*} Season still in progress
^{1} Ineligible for series points