08 Jun Brandon Jones Wheels 1st Foundation Toyota to 6th Place Finish at MIS
Wheeling the No. 19 1st Foundation Toyota Supra, Brandon Jones drove a clean race on his way to a 6th place finish in the LTi Printing 250 on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, his best at the track in the Xfinity Series.
After starting in third, Jones quickly fell back just outside of the top ten as he got out of the groove. Luckily for Jones, a caution came out only five laps into the race to bunch the field back up.
However, after the restart, Jones continued to fall back, dropping to 15th just 11 laps into the race. Then as the field came to the start-finish line, Riley Herbst in the No. 18 got into the outside wall causing massive damage to the right front, bringing out the 2nd caution of the day.
The field went back green on lap 18 with Jones in 13th. The final 12 laps of stage one were mostly uneventful, as Jones worked his way up to an 11th place stage finish.
As the field went back green for the start of stage two, Jones was in 14th. He quickly worked his way up to 7th two laps into the stage two green flag laps on lap 40. With ten laps left in the stage, Jones was still running solidly in 7th as he battled with Justin Algier.
As stage two came to a close Jones had dropped back into the 9th position. During pit stops under caution, Noah Gragson in the No. 9 ran into the back of Jones. The No. 19 1st Foundation Toyota Supra didn’t take too much damage.
As the field went back green for the final stage, Jones was in 10th. He was able to work up to 6th before falling slightly back into 8th. Then on lap 7th, the caution came back out as Gray Gaulding in the No. 8 machine got loose and went for a spin, however, he was able to avoid contact with the wall.
On the restart with 49 laps to go, Jones was in 8th on the outside lane with Justin Haley on his inside. Before they could get through turn two, the No. 98 of Chase Briscoe went for a spin bringing out the caution again, with Jones having climbed up to 6th.
However, under the caution, Jones went in for his final pit stop to ensure he had enough fuel to make it to the end. This dropped him back to 12th for the restart with only 44 laps to go.
After the restart, Jones jumped back up to 7th after one lap. However, with 39 laps to go, Jones fell out of the top 10. With 27 laps to go, he was able to work back into the 10th position.
With ten laps to go, Jones was up to 6th after leaders Christopher Bell, and Cole Custer had to go into the pits for fuel after their miscommunication on heading into the pits on the previous caution.
Jones was able to hold steady in 6th position for the final ten laps for his 3rd best finish of the season. Jones will now turn his focus to Iowa Speedway and the American Ethanol 250, where he has a best finish of 8th, coming back in 2015. He currently sits 12th in the points standings with 353 points, putting him 85 points ahead of Gray Gaulding back in 13th.