SPARTA, Ky. -- Brandon Jones will be with Richard Childress Racing ’s NASCAR XFINITY Series program in 2016, but this time, he will have a ride all his own. RCR announced the news on Friday afternoon that the 18-year-old Georgia native will have a full-time ride in the series for next season. The team noted in a release that his crew chief and team will be named at a later date. “It's going to be awesome," Jones told NASCAR.com at Kentucky Speedway . "Been looking forward to that for awhile." Jones has gotten his feet wet in the XFINITY Series this year in the team's No. 33 Chevrolet, which is also driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Austin Dillon and Paul Menard . The VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Kentucky Speedway marks his fifth start in the series, with his best finish -- an eighth-place result -- coming in his series debut in May at Iowa Speedway . In Friday's opening practice, Jones was third-fastest on the speed chart (177.194 mph). " Brandon's performance in his limited schedule with RCR this season has been very impressive," Richard Childress, chairman and chief executive officer of RCR, said in a team release. "We're thrilled to provide him an opportunity in 2016 to showcase his talents over an entire XFINITY Series season." In addition to his XFINITY seat time, Jones has run a pretty steady schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for GMS Racing in the No. 33 Chevrolet. He has two top fives this season in 11 starts this season, including a runner-up showing at Iowa in June. The young driver thinks his learning curve will be a bit accelerated with his Truck Series experience at most of the tracks that the XFINITY Series runs at. "I think there's going to be five or so tracks I haven’t been to, but that won't be bad at all," Jones said. "I'm pretty excited being able to go back to some of these tracks in an XFINITY car." For Jones, the deal took some time to come together, but now that it is in place, he is ready to get going. "We've been trying to kind of get a deal together for awhile now," Jones said. "I've been talking to a couple different programs and seeing what our best option was and it all just came together over there. Really proud of everybody that has worked on that so hard and got us going."
Rick Gdovic unsure when team will run under new banner The assets of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race team Viva Motorsports have been purchased by Brandon Gdovic 's dad, Rick Gdovic, he told the Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia. Rick Gdovic told the newspaper he purchased all of Viva's stock-car racing assets last week and the team, under the Precision Performance Motorsports banner, will race out of Viva's former shop in China Grove, North Carolina. The organization raced in the first 13 races of the season with Brandon Gdovic making two starts for the Jamie Dick -owned organization. His best finish was a 26th-place effort at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Two weeks ago, after the Michigan race weekend, Viva Motorsports announced it was ceasing operations. Dick (five races) and Jeffrey Earnhardt (six races) also made starts for the team this year. At the time, a team release said that the assets had been purchased and the No. 55 car would appear in a handful of races. Rick Gdovic told the newspaper that his son will be one of the drivers for the team and that they hope to run selected races over the course of the rest of 2015 with an eye on running the bulk of the 2016 schedule if additional sponsorship and drivers can be secured. The team will be sponsored by Pronius, American Messaging, WindStax and Gdovic's own business, ComServe Verizon Wireless. "We are excited about the purchase of Viva's operation," Gdovic said. "They have continued to build race assets and a reputation over the past few years. "We plan to continue their drive to become a top-level XFINITY Series operation that offers great value for our sponsorship partners, and another step up the ladder for our driver development program." The purchase includes 12 cars as well as race engines, shop, office equipment and a hauler. The China Grove shop will also house the K&N Pro Series East cars of Gray Gaulding , who is part of PPM's team in that series. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Chase Elliott and Brandon Jones crash off Turn 4 at Iowa Speedway after Jones thought he was clear of the No. 9.
RELATED: Practice 1 results The No. 13 of Cameron Hayley topped practice on Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway , posting a fastest lap of 137.447 mph. Next was the No. 4 of Erik Jones , the current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader who had a quickest lap of 137.007 mph. Rounding out the top three was Brandon Jones, who circled the 1-mile track in his No. 33 Chevrolet with a quick lap of 136.214 mph. William Byron, who is making his series debut this weekend at Phoenix, finished fourth-fastest (136.065 mph) in his No. 9 Toyota. The No. 88 Toyota of two-time series champ Matt Crafton (136.039 mph) and the No. 51 Toyota of Daniel Suarez (135.967 mph) were fifth and sixth, respectively. On-track action picks back up for the series on Friday for the Keystone Light Qualifying at 12:45 p.m. ET. (FS1).
Related: Complete results from Phoenix " Updated series standings AVONDALE, Ariz. – After the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series battle changed dramatically with a wreck involving the two series leaders, Timothy Peters held off John Hunter Nemechek to win Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway . Peters beat Nemechek to the checkered flag by .309 seconds to record his first victory at the one-mile speedway, his second of the season and the 10th of his career. But the real drama occurred 30 laps before Peters crossed the finish line in the 150-lap event. The dominant trucks of series leader Erik Jones and two-time defending champion Matt Crafton fell out of contention, wrecking during an intense battle for the lead. As Crafton and Jones raced side-by-side for the lead after a restart on Lap 120, Crafton's Toyota slipped underneath Jones' Tundra in Turn 4 and pinched Jones against the outside wall. Crafton shot to the left and knocked ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter 's Toyota into the inside wall, critically damaging both vehicles. Despite damage to the rear of his truck, Jones salvaged a lead-lap ninth-place finish and maintained a 19-point lead in the series standings over Tyler Reddick , who finished fifth on Friday night. Crafton wasn't as fortunate. His 23rd-place finish left him 32 points behind Jones, who can end Crafton’s title run with a finish of 27th or better next Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Jones can clinch his first championship outright with a finish of 15th or better in the season finale. "I made a mistake," Crafton acknowledged. "Mistakes happen and we're all human," he said. "I hate it for my guys because we had a great truck." Peters had to dodge a Lap 6 wreck involving Brandon Jones , William Byron and Cole Custer before he could think about winning the race. "When I saw it happen, and (the wrecking trucks) coming back across the race track, I can't tell you what I was thinking, but it was 'Here we go again,'" said Peters, who posted his seventh straight top-six finish in a stretch that includes two wins. "The last two years, we’ve had great trucks (at Phoenix), but we've been in the right place at the wrong time. "The Lord works in great ways, and tonight was our night. Even though we missed it by our chinny, chin, chin, I was able to miss it. The only damage on the truck is from me getting crazy burning it out (in the post-race celebration). I'm sure that won’t be a problem if we keep continuing to go down this path." Note: With Peters’ victory, Toyota clinched its eighth manufacturers' championship in the Truck Series.
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered the appeal of a P4 level penalty issued on Oct. 28 to Shane Huffman (crew chief), Brandon Jones (driver) and Maurice Gallagher Jr. (owner) relative to the No. 33 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team at Talladega Superspeedway . The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book: Sections 126.96.36.199; 20.20.a; 20.4.f; P4, 188.8.131.52. b&d, Penalty Options; P4, 184.108.40.206.1 d&f, Penalty Examples. The original penalty assessed included: Huffman was fined $10,000, suspended for the next three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship events, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that period, and placed on NASCAR probation for a six-month period following the issuance of the penalty. Jones and Gallagher Jr. were also assessed with the loss of 25 championship driver and 25 championship owner points, respectively. Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are: 1. The Appellants violated the Rule or Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice 2. The Panel finds that the suspension portion of the Penalty for the crew chief should not last beyond the current season in this special case because of the delay in the originally scheduled hearing. All other portions of the original Penalty as levied by NASCAR (e.g.; owner points; driver points; fine; probation) are affirmed and upheld. The panel consisted of the following three individuals: -Mr. David Hall -Mr. Hunter Nickell -Mr. Kevin Whitaker The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book.
William Byron and Brandon Jones make contact off Turn 2 and collect the No. 00 of Cole Custer, causing major damage to all three trucks.
Get to know the up-and-coming NASCAR driver MORE: Jones to run Truck Series for GMS Racing " Inks deal with RCR In 2014, Brandon Jones , 17, notched a top-five in the Truck Series (Dover), scored his first win in the K&N Pro Series East (Iowa), and won twice in just three ARCA starts. Next year, Jones is planning to make a few starts for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and will also run 16 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with GMS Racing. Patience, grasshopper "I do a lot of fly fishing and a lot of wood work and stuff like that -- things that take patience, honestly. That kind of keeps you thinking about things and kind of keeps you calmed down. Even though you're going 190 mph in some of those races, you still have to be calm and be thinking about what you're doing." Gale force " Cale Gale and his dad were training this kid in Atlanta at Lanier Speedway and Gresham, and all those places. Cale actually told us, 'Come on down and see if you like it, first of all, before you start investing all your money and getting into it.' So, I did that for a little bit and actually just fell in love with it. I've always loved cars." Confidence booster "We definitely kept building momentum the whole year in the Truck Series, and the competition in that Series is so tough. When you keep going up in levels, it's gonna keep getting tougher and tougher. So, it was pretty cool to come away with a top-five. Top-fives and top-10s really boost your confidence a lot." A series of series "This year we ran ARCA, the Truck Series, K&N. Staying in all those different series really keeps you thinking about different things inside the car. It is a little (tough). The (different) tires and the motors were the biggest thing about going back and forth." Schoolboy "I did online school one year and that was hard, for sure. I had to go back to public school. It was just weird. You don't have all the people and the atmosphere there, and not a lot of people trying to help you. So, that was really difficult. This is our senior year, finally. Maybe we can get out and try to focus on (racing) a couple of years." SUBSCRIBE NOW!
NASCAR Illustrated's Steven Levine sits down one-on-one with up and coming driver, Brandon Jones.
17-year-old will compete in two more 2014 Camping World Truck Series races Brandon Jones is joining GMS Racing to run two more NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season. Jones will pilot the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 25 as well as the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 7. Shane Huffman will serve as crew chief. "I couldn't be more excited to continue our NCWTS efforts this season with GMS Racing at Martinsville and Phoenix ," Jones said in a release. "The opportunity to start our relationship at a familiar track like Martinsville is a great benefit and I'm incredibly excited to tackle Phoenix for the first time. GMS Racing has had impressive performances this year and I can't wait to get back on track working with Shane Huffman and the entire organization." Jones has made six previous Camping World Truck Series starts in his career, including three this year, all for Turner Scott Motorsports. His best finish was a fourth-place result at Dover this past spring. Jones has made two previous starts at Martinsville and has an average finish of 17.0 at the track. The 17-year-old Atlanta native competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit this season and finished fourth in the final standings. He won his first K&N Pro Series East race at Iowa Speedway in August. Huffman served as the crew chief for most of his races on that circuit and has also been the crew chief for all three of Jones' starts this season in the Truck Series. "Everyone at GMS Racing is thrilled to welcome Brandon into the fold of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado," Nic Moncher, the general manager of GMS Racing, said in a team release. "He has shown a great deal of talent this season across every series he has competed in, and we're both looking forward to great performances together at both Martinsville and Phoenix . Brandon has all the tools you like to see in a young driver and he will be a great asset to our Truck Series program." This season, GMS Racing has fielded a full-time truck for Joey Coulter (No. 21), while Max Gresham and Spencer Gallagher have split time in the No. 23 entry. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule