Mobile, AL (March 15, 2015) – Brandon Jones continues to impress on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour earning his fourth consecutive top-3 series effort with his runner-up finish inSaturday’s ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway.
Jones, who made his first season start driving Venturini Motorsports’ No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota, demonstrated traits often associated with veteran drivers by managing a near flawless 200-lap game plan before settling for second place behind race winner Grant Enfinger.
“We were close today – just one spot away from being very happy,” said Jones after getting out of his car.
After rain washed away Friday’s Menards Pole qualifying presented by Ansell, Jones started sixth as the driver’s lineup was determined by the previous year’s car owner points. Riding comfortably inside the top-5 most of the race Jones navigated around lap traffic biding his time until the end.
On lap 193 of 200 and trailing Enfinger by nearly six car lengths, Jones jumped up on the wheel with a sense of urgency catching the race leader on lap 197. As Jones pulled to Enfinger’s bumper seemingly ready to make his move, the 11th caution flag of the day appeared resetting the field for extra innings and a two lap shootout to determine the winner. Unfortunately for Jones, Enfinger had been strong all day on the restarts and the final time was no different as Jones chased but settled for second at the checkered flag.
“Honestly I felt like we were pretty conservative the entire race trying to save tires and stay close until the end. We got our chance with about 20 to go that’s when we started reeling-in Grant (Enfinger) but as we got to his bumper the caution flew setting up that green-white-checker which hurt us a bit and ended up finishing second.”
In just four career ARCA starts since 2014, Jones has never finished worse than third and has already won twice including in his series debut at Winchester Speedway in 2014 and again a few weeks later at Lucas Oil Raceway.
“I’ve had some success early here in my career but still a long way to go. Everyone at ARCA has been very good to us and I just go to thank Menards and Ansell for coming onboard to support the 25 program. Hopefully we’ll get a couple of victories for those guys.”
Jones’ runner-up Mobile finish earned him the Scott Highest Finishing Rookie of the Race honors. Jones who is equally splitting the No.25 driving duties with Frank Kimmel is scheduled to make the next three ARCA starts for the Ansell-Menards team.
In addition to Jones’ 10 ARCA starts in 2015 he is also scheduled to race in 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events for GMS Racing and five NASCAR XFINITY Series races for Richard Childress Racing.
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