Brandon Jones scored a runner-up finish to lead Toyota at the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday afternoon. It was Jones’ fourth top five finish of the season. With his runner-up finish, Jones qualifies to run for the $100,000 bonus with the Dash 4 Cash program in Talladega.
Toyota Racing Post-Race Recap
NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS)
Race 10 of 33 – 250.5 miles, 167 laps
TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS
1st, Chase Briscoe*
2nd, BRANDON JONES
3rd, Ross Chastain*
4th, AJ Allmendinger*
5th, Noah Gragson*
8th, HARRISON BURTON
9th, RILEY HERBST
14th, COLIN GARRETT
21st, CHAD FINCHUM
25th, TIMMY HILL
32nd, STEFAN PARSONS
38th, STEPHEN LEICHT
BRANDON JONES, No. 19 Menards/Fisher Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
What did you learn or experience having two races in two days?
“This was by far probably the hottest we’ve been in a while anyways. I think it was great that we were able to run back-to-back races. It was great that we were able to take the same exact car to the second race as well. That really helps us with our notes to adjust on the car for today. This was kind of redemption for us really. I know yesterday we were in the same exact spot and had a chance to win it today.”
What happened coming to the checkered flag racing with Chase Briscoe?
“it was close, but I don’t think I got into him (Chase Briscoe). We were just going as hard as we could. I didn’t get as good of a run through one and two as I thought I was going to, so I saw him dive to the bottom in three and I wanted to use the high line. I wanted to try to get the big arc because I knew he was going to push up and I thought I could go low. That was the thought process there. I did try to fake him on the frontstretch to try to get him to move around and mess up, but just didn’t work there.”
Will Talladega be difficult with no practice?
“Yes and no. Everyone has been doing, honestly, a really good job – a lot better than I thought they were going to do at the start. Once we got going back, I thought there might be a lot of wrecks, but everyone has been doing really good. We’ll see. I know it’s nice to be able to practice drafting. I know that’s something we don’t do much at the tracks we’ve been running at so that’s going to be a little bit different. I have faith in these guys after these last couple races, they’ve been doing good.”
Do you believe the team cars will work together next weekend at Talladega?
“Absolutely. You see it pretty much every time we go, and I think definitely without practice, you don’t know how guys are driving or how they’re going to be in the draft. I think for sure; we have the most trust in us three, so I think we’re probably going to stick together the best. When it comes down to the end, you try to win the race, you’re definitely not just going to want to push them to the win. You’re going to try to do everything you can.”
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