Sparta, KY (September 24, 2015) – It’s not uncommon for drivers to have hectic schedules throughout the course of a season – but for young 18-year old Brandon Jones the 2015 campaign has focused not just on a lot of racing, but diversity as well.
This weekend serves up a perfect example as Jones, the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) development driver, will work double duty at Kentucky Speedway, competing in both the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with Venturini Motorsports (VMS) and the NASCAR XFINITY Series with RCR.
On Friday, Jones will reunite with VMS after a five race hiatus to drive the No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota in the final two ARCA races starting with the Crosley Brands 150. The ARCA event will serve as a prelude before the Georgia native straps into his No.33 Tide-Menards XFINITY ride on Saturday to mix it up in the VisitMyMyrtleBeach 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
“We’ve had a successful season so far across the board. I expect that trend to continue this weekend in Kentucky,” said Jones. “It’s been about two months since I’ve been on track in the ARCA car but it seems we picked up where we left-off – the car was really fast at Tuesday’s test. We’re ready for the weeks ahead. I’m expecting strong outings in Kentucky and Kansas.”
Jones, a two-time ARCA Series winner, has made eight series starts in 2015, earning five top-5 and seven top-10 finishes.
The driver combination of Jones and Kimmel have led the team to impressive showings each week – the Ansell-Menards team currently ranks third in the ARCA Series owner championship point standings.
Since kicking off the season with VMS/ARCA at Mobile Int’l Speedway (March), Jones has embarked on a successful season-long ride showcasing his talent across four touring series stretched amongst four different teams.
In addition to co-piloting the VMS’s Flagship No.25 for 10-races, he’s been busy behind the wheel running partial schedules in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (5 races) with RCR, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (17 races) with GMS Racing and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (2 races) with NTS Racing.
Rising to the challenge, Jones has put together a solid stat sheet across the board. His season best efforts include two runner-up finishes in both the ARCA Series and NASCAR Truck series to go along with an impressive eight place finish in his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut at Iowa. The ARCA Racing Series Crosley
Brands 150 will start at 8 pm ET on Friday, September 25 and will be televised live on FOX Sports 1.
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