Friday, September 25, 2015

Brandon Jones Full-Time At RCR Next Season

Brandon Jones will return to Richard Childress Racing in 2016 as a full-time driver in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.  

Jones shared seat time with Austin Dillon and Paul Menard as drivers of the No. 33 XFINITY Series Chevrolet in 2015. The Atlanta native has competed in four XFINITY Series races under the RCR banner at Iowa Speedway (twice), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Bristol Motor Speedway.  

Jones made his series debut at Iowa Speedway in May where he started fifth and finished eighth. Through four XFINITY Series races, Jones has earned an average starting position of 10.2 and an average finishing position of 17.5. His final XFINITY Series race of 2015 is at Kentucky Speedway on September 26.  

The 18-year-old driver also competed on a limited basis in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Series East and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. So far this season, Jones has 20 starts combined between the three series, capturing eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes with 143 laps led. In June, he earned his career-best NASCAR sanctioned event finish of second place at Iowa Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series.  

In 2014, Jones competed in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, earning a fourth-place finish at Dover International Speedway. In addition, Jones competed in three ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races. Jones became the first driver in the 62-year history of the ARCA Racing Series to win his first two starts by taking the checkered flag back to back at Winchester and Indianapolis and notching a third-place finish at Madison, WI. in his next start. 

"Brandon's performance in his limited schedule with RCR this season has been very impressive," said Richard Childress, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RCR. "We're thrilled to provide him an opportunity in 2016 to showcase his talents over an entire XFINITY Series season." 

Jones' crew chief and team will be named at a later date. Currently this season, Jones has worked with RCR crew chiefs Nick Harrison and Danny Stockman. 

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to drive for RCR on a full-time basis in 2016," said Jones. "I've learned a lot working with the RCR organization and the No. 33 XFINITY Series team in 2015 and look forward to continuing my development, contribute to RCR's success and produce positive results for all of my sponsors and fans. I'm excited to see what the 2016 season holds for me and our team. I look forward to setting my goals higher for the season because of the support from RCR, ECR Engines and Chevrolet."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:29 AM

    Another ride bought I'm sure. President and Chief Executive Officer of Rheem is JR JONES. Related to Brandon some how I'm sure. More then 50% of drivers in the Xfinity Series are bringing $ to the table to race for teams in this series. I'm sure it's not much different in lower series as well.