Concord, NC (July 27 2015) – Brandon Jones and the No.25 Ansell-Menards team turned in another solid showing over the weekend, finishing fifth in Friday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (ARCA) – Sioux Chief PowerPEX200 at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR).
Jones, the defending race winner, qualified third and maintained a top-5 running position throughout the 200-lap event. After beating teammate William Byron off pit road on lap-66 for the lead, the 18-year old Richard Childress Development Driver led nine laps before falling back to second. After taking right side tires and fuel during their stop, pit strategy was set for a late race surge. A full course caution would come out on lap-110 – still seemingly too early for Jones and leaders to make another stop for tires. Tire wear at a premium, the race would remain green the final 90-laps – frustrating Jones who dropped to fifth and could not make up the ground on old rubber.
“Not much anyone can do in that situation. We had a great Ansell-Menards race car and think we had enough to get it done tonight – tires obviously came into play for everyone, we just didn’t get the caution when we needed it,” said Brandon Jones.
Jones, who made his eighth ARCA start of the season at LOR, earned his fifth top-5 and seventh top-10 finish of the 2015 campaign. Spitting season driving duties with Frank Kimmel behind the wheel of the No.25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, Jones’s Indianapolis start was his last ARCA appearance until he returns in fall for the final two series events at Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway. Kimmel will return to the seat for the next five ARCA events – starting next weekend in the ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway.
After 13 ARCA events the combined driving efforts of Jones-Kimmel have produced (8) top-5’s and (10) top-10 finishes – placing the Ansell-Menards race team second in the championship point standings.
During his late summer hiatus from the ARCA series, Jones will remain busy competing in seven NASCAR sanctioned events which include three NASCAR XFINITY, three NASCAR Camping World Truck and (1) NASCAR K&N races over the next six weeks – starting with NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, August 1st.
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