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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
17-year-old to drive No. 33 in part-time XFINITY schedule
The 17-year-old will run 16 races in the Truck Series
Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 scheduled for June 7 RELATED: Buy tickets Pocono Raceway announced Tuesday that the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of its season will get a winning paint job from a sponsor that has coated championship cars. The track's longtime partner, Axalta Coating Systems, entered into a multi-year entitlement agreement which includes the June 7 race held at 'The Tricky Triangle' as the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400. "We are very excited to share this great news, in cooperation with everyone at Axalta Coating Systems," Pocono Raceway President/CEO Brandon Igdalsky said. "They have been a great addition to the Pocono Raceway family, and we look forward to growing this relationship in 2015 and beyond. "What makes this even more special is the fact we get to work hand-in-hand with a true global powerhouse who also calls the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 'home.'" Based in Philadelphia, Axalta has sponsored Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon throughout his career, initially under the DuPont banner. Gordon holds the record for wins at Pocono with six. "Axalta is proud of its 22-year motorsports partnership," Axalta Vice President and head of its North America business, Nigel Budden said. "As a leader in the U.S. refinish business, our paint graces race cars that burn rubber on the track each season and we proudly support four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon . "Now, we are pleased to expand our racing involvement as Pocono Raceway 's title sponsor of the upcoming race on June 7. We look forward to cheering on Gordon as he vies for a seventh win at Pocono Raceway ." Axalta Coating Systems is "The Official Finish" of Hendrick and Stewart-Haas Racing , the two most recent Sprint Cup championship organizations. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Find out which drivers are piloting each car for full-time teams Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge RELATED: Full-time driver trackers for Sprint Cup Series " XFINITY Series Car # Driver Manufacturer Team/Owner 02 Tyler Young Chevrolet Young's Motorsports 05 John Wes Townley Chevrolet Athenian Motorsports 07 Ray Black Jr. Chevrolet SS Green Light Racing 1 Donnie Neuenberger Chevrolet MAKE Motorsports 4 Erik Jones Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 6 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 8 John Hunter Nemechek/ Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Chevrolet/RAM/Ford Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing 11 Ben Kennedy Toyota Red Horse Racing 13 Cameron Hayley Toyota ThorSport Racing 14 Daniel Hemric Chevrolet NTS Motorsports 15 Mason Mingus Chevrolet Billy Boat Motorsports 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Red Horse Racing 19 Tyler Reddick Ford Brad Keselowski Racing 23 Spencer Gallagher Chevrolet GMS Racing 29 Brad Keselowski/Joey Logano/Austin Theriault/Ryan Blaney Ford Brad Keselowski Racing 31 James Buescher/Other drivers Chevrolet NTS Motorsports 33 Brandon Jones/ Ty Dillon/Austin Dillon Chevrolet GMS Racing 50 Cody Ware Chevrolet MAKE Motorsports 51 Kyle Busch/Daniel Suarez/Matt Tifft Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 54 Justin Boston Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 88 Matt Crafton Toyota ThorSport Racing 94 Travis Kvapil/ Wendell Chavous Chevrolet Premium Motorsports 98 Johnny Sauter Toyota ThorSport Racing 99 Bryan Silas Chevrolet T3R2 Text goes here
Find out which drivers are piloting each car for full-time teams RELATED: Full-time driver trackers for Sprint Cup Series " Camping World Truck Series Car # Driver Manufacturer Team 0 Harrison Rhodes Chevrolet JD Motorsports with Gary Keller 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet JD Motorsports with Gary Keller 1 Elliott Sadler Ford Roush Fenway Racing 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 4 Ross Chastain Chevrolet JD Motorsports with Gary Keller 6 Darrell Wallace Jr. Ford Roush Fenway Racing 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet JR Motorsports 8 Blake Koch Toyota TriStar Motorsports 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet JR Motorsports 14 Cale Conley Toyota TriStar Motorsports 16 Ryan Reed Ford Roush Fenway Racing 17 Tanner Berryhill Toyota Vision Racing 18 Daniel Suarez Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 19 Scott Lagasse Jr./Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar Motorsports 20 Erik Jones/Matt Kenseth Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 22 Ryan Blaney/Brad Keselowski/Joey Logano Ford Team Penske 24 Eric McClure Toyota JGL Racing 25 John Wes Townley/Dylan Lupton Chevrolet Athenian Motorsports 28 J.J. Yeley Toyota JGL Racing 33 Brandon Jones/Austin Dillon/Paul Menard Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet RSS Racing 42 Kyle Larson/Brennan Poole/Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford Richard Petty Motorsports 44 David Starr Toyota TriStar Motorsports 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Jeremy Clements Racing 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet Jimmy Means Racing 54 Kyle Busch/Joey Coulter Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 60 Chris Buescher Ford Roush Fenway Racing 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr./Kevin Harvick/Kasey Kahne/Ben Rhodes Chevrolet JR Motorsports 90 Martin Roy Chevrolet King Autosport
Menards to serve as primary sponsor for No. 33 XFINITY ride in select races Richard Childress Racing announced Thursday that Menards has extended its sponsorship of the team's efforts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The agreement will keep the Wisconsin-based home-improvement company's familiar fluorescent yellow colors on the RCR No. 33 Chevrolet in select races for the fourth straight season. Menards also provides backing for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Paul Menard on Childress' No. 27 entry. "Menards has become a key supporter of our XFINITY Series program through the past few years and I look forward to an even better future with them," said team owner Richard Childress. "John Menard has vast experience in motorsports and business and I have leaned on him for advice during our partnership. I can't thank him enough for being there." The team said that Menard and 17-year-old Brandon Jones will split duty in the No. 33 next year with Menards sponsorship. In late November, RCR announced that Austin Dillon would drive the majority of the No. 33 team's races with backing by Rheem. A rotation of four drivers spent time wheeling the No. 33 Camaro last season, with Menard scoring the lone victory at Michigan International Speedway in June. Cale Conley , two-time Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton and former Nationwide Series champ Dillon also took turns in the No. 33 cockpit. Jones was announced as an addition to Childress' developmental program in early November. The Atlanta native finished fourth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings last season, posting an impressive victory at Iowa Speedway in August in a race for the combined East and West tours. 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