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Bristol Comes at Optimistic Time for Brandon Jones

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Closing out 2016 with three top-10’s in the final 10 races, Brandon Jones showcased potential to make a statement this year. Thus far, it hasn’t happened with no top-10’s as of six events. However, Bristol Motor Speedway could be his place to shine.

The Richard Childress Racing driver put together a solid rookie campaign in 2016, posting 12 top-10’s en route to placing 12th in points. While he would start off each weekend slow, the ability to get quicker with each lap on track allowed him to run top-15 weekly.

“Last season we made a lot of headway as a team and organization, and I look forward to continuing that improvement this season,” Jones said in February. “We made the Chase last year, which was one of our goals, but this year we need to be in contention to win the championship going into Homestead-Miami Speedway. Having been to all these tracks at least once now, I’m ready to grab a couple of wins and have that championship run.”

Now in his sophomore season, he has started off consistently, posting four top-15’s, along with two wrecks in six races. While decent statistics for an XFINITY Series regular given the amount of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars each event, many expect top-10’s due to equipment underneath him.

Now going to the half-mile, a top-10 could happen. Although he finished 13th in his Bristol debut, he backed it up with an 11th and ninth last season. It also helps Richard Childress Racing won the event last August with Austin Dillon. They’ve also shown speed in 2017, with top-10 results for Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan and rookie Daniel Hemric.

Jones entered the XFINITY Series full of potential based on his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results and backed it up in his XFINITY rookie campaign.

Now currently sitting 13th in points while stocks rise for the likes of Hemric, Cole Custer, Darrell Wallace Jr., and others, he needs some top-10 results to keep his name as part of discussions.

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.