Early Race Trouble Handicaps Brandon Jones; Battles for 12th Place Finish at Kentucky

Venturini Motorsports

Concord, NC (September 28, 2015) – After rain postponed Friday night’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Crosley Brands 100 at Kentucky Speedway Brandon Jones reset for double duty action on Saturday afternoon.

Brandon Jones Kentucky ARCA 2015

Armed with a solid Ansell-Menards Toyota, Jones posted the quickest practice speed during Friday’s final session but failed to make a qualifying lap after spinning in turn 4 coming to the stripe relegating the 18-year old driver to a 30th starting position for the beginning of Saturday’s rescheduled race.

The untimely qualifying mishap would prove costly as on the first lap Jones sustained heavy right rear damage to his car after narrowly trying to escape an accident out his front windshield involving Sarah Cornett-Ching and Tom Hessert. The incident also collected Jones’ teammate and pole winner William Byron. Byron was unable to finish.

“Not the day we were hoping for after such a great week prepping for the race,” said Jones. “Our Ansell-Menards team gave us a great car – we had high hopes – disappointing our day pretty much ended before it even began.”

A determined Jones would battle back after a series of pit stops to repair the damage on his No.25 Ansell-Menard car which forced him a lap down early. Racing his way back into the top-15 and onto the lead lap on lap-37, Jones would continue to make adjustments picking up several more positions before taking the checkered flag in the 12th position.

Saturday-Night Special
Jones, the Richard Childress Development driver, would not be denied as he’d refocus his efforts on the NASCAR XFINITY nightcap where he’d redeem himself by leading his first career laps in the series on his way to an impressive fifth place finish in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300.

Jones Announces 2016 Full-Time XFINITY Ride with RCR
Prior to Saturday’s events at Kentucky Speedway, Richard Childress Racing announced Brandon Jones will join the team on a full-time basis in 2016 competing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Kansas Speedway and Final ARCA Race of the Season Awaits
Brandon Jones will cap of the season driving the No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota in ARCA’s season finale at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 16th.

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