Results from Indianapolis heat races
Heat 1 Finish Car Driver Team 1 18 Kyle Busch (i) NOS Energy Drink Toyota 2 42 Kyle Larson (i) ParkerStore Chevrolet 3 22 Joey Logano (i) Discount Tire Ford 4 19 Daniel Suarez Juniper Networks Toyota 5 1 Elliott Sadler OneMain Chevrolet 6 98 Jeb Burton Estes Ford 7 33 Brandon Jones # Jeld-Wen/Menards Chevrolet 8 16 Ryan Reed Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford 9 11 Blake Koch LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 10 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com/SDD Chevrolet 11 44 J.J. Yeley Zachry Toyota 12 14 Jeff Green Toyota 13 0 Garrett Smithley # teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 14 01 Ryan Preece # teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 15 13 Harrison Rhodes TredWear.com/Masters Properties Toyota 16 25 Stanton Barrett KeensBuildings.com Chevrolet 17 74 Mike Harmon truckersfinalmile.org Dodge 18 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 19 40 Timmy Hill (i) CrashClaimsR.Us/Icard Merrill Dodge 20 10 Matt DiBenedetto (i) Toyota * -- Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler are eligible to run for the Dash 4 Cash in the main race. Heat 2 Finish Car Driver Team 1 20 Erik Jones # Hisense USA Toyota 2 88 Kevin Harvick (i) Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet 3 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Chevrolet 4 2 Paul Menard (i) Richmond/Menards Chevrolet 5 48 Brennan Poole # DC Solar Chevrolet 6 3 Ty Dillon Rheem/Nidec/US Motors Chevrolet 7 6 Darrell Wallace Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford 8 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Chevrolet 9 39 Ryan Sieg NiceTargets Chevrolet 10 28 Dakoda Armstrong WinField Toyota 11 4 Ross Chastain Dream Water Chevrolet 12 07 Ray Black Jr. # Scuba Life Chevrolet 13 46 Brandon Gdovic TCC Culture of Good Chevrolet 14 78 BJ McLeod # Safecraft Safety Equipment Ford 15 93 David Starr Massimo Motors Chevrolet 16 90 Mario Gosselin BuckedUp Apparel Chevrolet 17 97 Ryan Ellis VroomBrands Chevrolet 18 70 Derrike Cope E-hydrate/Circle Track Warehouse Chevrolet 19 52 Joey Gase Donate Life Chevrolet 20 15 Todd Peck Carport Empire/Lilly Trucking Ford * -- Erik Jones and Justin Allgaier are eligible to run for the Dash 4 Cash in the main race.
Brandon Jones slips up early in NXS practice
Brandon Jones makes contact with the wall at Kentucky Speedway during practice for the ALSCO 300, forcing him to a backup car for the race.
Brandon Jones, Brendan Gaughan get 'Annoying'
Richard Childress Racing drivers Brandon Jones and Brendan Gaughan are taking their talents to YouTube. The pair of NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers made guest appearances in the hit online show "Annoying Orange," which is certainly among the most unique things you'll ever see. And, well, just watch.
Experience surrounds Brandon Jones' rise at RCR
RELATED: Series standings " See how the XFINITY Chase Grid looks Photo credit: (HHP/Gregg Ellman) For any rookie there is always a bit of a learning curve, but for Brandon Jones he has several veterans surrounding him to help guide the way in his first full NASCAR season. One of the younger drivers in the garage, 19-year-old Jones pilots the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He's fifth in the standings with seven top 10s ahead of next weekend's Subway Firecracker 250 (July 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). At RCR, Jones has a stable of teammates with a variety of experience in Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 Chevrolet) and the brothers Dillon, Ty (No. 3 Chevrolet) and Austin (No. 2 Chevrolet) as well as Paul Menard (No. 2 Chevrolet) to lean on for advice and guidance. "The biggest thing everybody's helped me out with is not coming so much to the tracks I've been to in the past, but the tracks that we haven't seen so far," Jones said at Iowa Speedway last week . "People like Brendan and all the teammates really they help me out a lot. We've got a lot of notes from previous years from everybody that goes to driver debriefs so I have that to kind of go over and look through. They are just always there to help me out if they see something." Gaughan, who has 20 years of NASCAR experience, shares an easy rapport with the young Jones as evidenced by their willingness to play off their similar first names and their exchange when the elder statesman of the RCR team asked Jones how old he was during a recent press conference. When Jones answered, 40-year-old Gaughan buried his head in his hand. Just past halfway in the regular season of the XFINITY Series, Gaughan likes what he has seen from Jones. "When he goes out and runs top 10 just about every week, it's not like you need to keep giving him a lot of coaching," Gaughan said. "You just want to try to keep the head on straight, keep him pointed in the right direction -- and he does a good job of that already to begin with." Jones also has the experience to draw on from crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. atop his pit box. Hillman comes from a racing background but he used another sport to describe how the young driver gets ready, especially for a track that's new to him. Coming into this season, Jones, a Georgia native, had 30 NASCAR national series starts split between the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series. "It's kind of like being a quarterback; he watches a lot of game film, a lot of in-car camera stuff and the races that have been run at the racetracks before to try and be on top of it before we ever get here," Hillman told NASCAR.com at Iowa. Hillman notices the cool and calm demeanor with which Jones carries himself. The duo bonded away from the track as well and Hillman, age 37 and a father of three, has welcomed Jones into his family. "To have the age difference between the two of us, but to have a lot of things in common and enjoy a lot of things outside of racing, it's really cool to be able to hang out and grow together," Hillman said. Hillman, a New York native, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from working primarily in the Camping World Truck Series and winning two championships with Todd Bodine , as well as working with young drivers such as Kyle Larson , Jeb Burton , Cameron Hayley and Ben Rhodes . Last season, Hillman was atop the pit box for Brian Scott and the No. 2 team at RCR in the XFINITY Series. Under Hillman's guidance, Jones is in a comfortable position to be one of the 12 drivers competing in the debut of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, which begins Sept. 24 at Kentucky Speedway . While Jones has been consistent in averaging a finish of 11.4 -- fifth-best among XFINITY Series regulars -- he has yet to record a top-five finish in 2016, and has been out front for just 36 laps (all coming at Talladega in April) . Those are among the next steps Hillman wants to see Jones make as the series gets closer to the postseason. "We have to take our eighth-, ninth- and 10th-place finishes and make them fourth, fifths and sixths," Hillman said. "And then once we do that, we can start making them firsts, seconds and thirds, and just take it a step at a time. Hopefully, if we keep doing that and progressing the way we are, by the time we get to the Chase, we're in a spot to be in contention."
Brandon Jones shows how a 19-year-old does Las Vegas
Imagine you are a 19-year-old NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie spending the weekend in Las Vegas, site of the series' third race of the year, the Boyd Gaming 300 (4:30 p.m. ET Saturday, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "Sin City," the "City of Lights," the "Entertainment Capital of the World," except you are not of age to partake in the gambling at Las Vegas' many casinos. Brandon Jones , driver of the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, took to RCR's Twitter account on Friday night to show off how a 19-year-old makes the most out of Nevada's adult playground. What ensued was something you would not have seen in "The Hangover." It was a night that included making it rain… tickets in Skeeball as well as playing "UNO" at a Steak 'n Shake. The real question is who had to Draw Four? The security guard said the next open seat won't be avail for two years. #19inVEGAS pic.twitter.com/dgkEEyxlJM — RCR (@RCRracing) March 5, 2016 Nothing like a nice, strong…Shirley Temple. Make it a double. #19inVEGAS pic.twitter.com/EbAGtp1D2c — RCR (@RCRracing) March 5, 2016 In a busy casino it's always good to find a table…draw four. #19inVEGAS pic.twitter.com/tksrLAdx0k — RCR (@RCRracing) March 5, 2016 Making it rain…tickets. #19inVEGAS #LasVegas #MakeItRain pic.twitter.com/h9j9nEZ7XK — RCR (@RCRracing) March 5, 2016 Told the old lady to find another machine. I'm on a heater. You never walk away when you're on a heater. #19inVEGAS pic.twitter.com/lw21oaIjpA — RCR (@RCRracing) March 5, 2016 #Winning . Now what the hell do I do with this?? #19inVEGAS pic.twitter.com/o1czfyZwda — RCR (@RCRracing) March 5, 2016
Brandon Jones' Texas ride carrying MLB team's logo
RELATED: Buy tickets for Texas Worlds will be colliding as Brandon Jones will sport the colors of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers during next weekend's NASCAR XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (Friday, April 8, 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1) at the 1.5-mile track. Jones' No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet will carry the logo of the defending American League West division champions on the hood of the car. Watch how it came together below. ⚾️ meets ! Introducing the #Rangers33Car to be driven by @BrandonJonesRac on April 8th @TXMotorSpeedway ! pic.twitter.com/KwzmJQX71D — Texas Rangers (@Rangers) March 30, 2016 Jones is in his first full season in the XFINITY Series. The 19-year-old Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate ranks fourth in the series standings with three top 10s through the series' first five races. The scheme's running coincides with the opening week of the Major League Baseball season. A tripleheader of games kicks off the season this Sunday, April 3, with the traditional "Opening Day" for most of the other teams on Monday afternoon. Texas Motor Speedway is located in Fort Worth, Texas, while the Texas Rangers play in nearby Arlington.
XFINITY rookie Brandon Jones to tackle Auto Club
FONTANA, Calif. -- The sprawling and lightning fast Auto Club Speedway can be a little daunting for rookie drivers. Just ask NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Brandon Jones . "The first time I pulled up here a couple hours ago -- man, this place is really big," Jones said on Friday at the speedway. "It looked a little intimidating when you pulled up at first." But while Jones is contending for Sunoco Rookie of the Year, his performance on-track isn't reminiscent of a beginner. In his four starts this season, Jones, 19, has finished 11th or better in every race in his No. 33 Richard Childress Chevrolet, making his XFINITY debut on all four tracks. For Jones, the new tracks have been opportunities to be a student of the sport, studying as much as he can as a young driver. "The biggest thing is just trying to learn these places I haven't been to yet," Jones said. "We kind of kicked off with a pretty tough schedule going from Daytona to pretty bumpy Atlanta. ... So some of these places that I haven't seen so far, it's been kind of tough to learn right off the trailer. "(But) every time we've unloaded so far, we've been top 10 on the speed charts, so I've been really happy about where we've been firing up at these places." He'll hit the books again this weekend, as he makes his debut at Auto Club Speedway in Saturday's TreatMyClot.com 300 (4 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM Radio). There's uncertainty that comes with the tricky seams and speed characteristic of the California track -- but there's also confidence that comes from having strong teammates. "I know a couple of our RCR teammates -- Brendan Gaughan being one of them -- (have) finished pretty high up," Jones said. "I've been talking to him a little bit at the race track, going back and watching a couple videos to see how they run over the seams. Like you said, that's a pretty big deal, so learn how to take that to your advantage during the race, making your car better over those is going to be a big key. "I'm just going to try to go out there this first practice session and learn the place as best I can, get behind some people that have been here a lot and try and follow them and see if I can pick up a couple things. But I think we'll be just fine -- I think we'll be pretty fast right off the hauler and we'll start going to work on our Nexteer Chevy."
NASCAR looking to limit XFINITY tandem drafting
NASCAR implemented rule changes two years ago in its Sprint Cup Series aimed at limiting the action known as tandem drafting, the ability for two cars to lock up and advance past another competitor. Changes now are being considered to halt the activity for the XFINITY Series after a one-day test at Daytona International Speedway July 2. "You no longer see that in the Sprint Cup Series and that's what we wanted to try and accomplish," XFINITY Series Director Wayne Auton told NASCAR.com. "We stayed in Daytona and tested several things to make sure two XFINITY Series cars can't lock up. Then NASCAR doesn't have to try and police the cars locking bumpers in an effort to beat another competitor. "We have a rule that says two cars cannot lock bumpers in an effort to push another car. As we saw in the past, the Sprint Cup cars used to be able to push, but the aerodynamics of their cars today don't allow them to do that. "We're trying to get our cars more like the Sprint Cup cars to where they can't lock bumpers." NASCAR outlawed the practice of tandem drafting, the process of two cars hooking up nose-to-tail to increase overall speed, by implementing changes that affected engine cooling, thus increasing the likelihood of overheating the engines if the practice continued. Cars still use the draft, run nose-to-tail with minimal or no contact to advance, but they are not allowed to lock onto the back of another car and push the car in front around the track. Auton called policing the practice of locking up "the hardest thing I've ever done at a race track by far. "There's a way we can fix the cars after what we saw Sunday to not have to worry about it, go back to Daytona and have great racing," he said. Officials worked with three drivers and teams at Daytona during the four-hour test – Daniel Suarez (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota), Ryan Blaney (Team Penske No. 22 Ford) and Brandon Jones (Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet). "You can find out a lot about the aero package with just three cars," Auton said. "The way we did the test, we had two cars that went out and tried to hook up with the aero packages that we put on them. And we had another car with all kinds of devices on it to see what the air was actually doing with the car. "We then took all that off and put all three cars out there together. We found that the third car is very instrumental in getting the second car to the car up front. "The drivers could tell you whether it was possible to get locked up. We put the spoiler on that we ran Friday night with one of the configurations on the front end and it didn't take them two seconds to get locked up. "We put a device on the front and reduced the spoiler on the rear end and they couldn't get locked up. So you don't need a lot of cars." Specific changes likely won't be announced until the 2017 rules package for the XFINITY Series is unveiled, but it is possible that some of what was learned during the test could be implemented across the board for the series. NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series rules package, which features a reduction in downforce, has improved competition and XFINITY Series teams appear willing to go down a similar road. The XFINITY series will not compete in a restrictor-plate race again until it returns to Daytona in February 2017. "I'm pretty confident that it was a very successful test," Auton said. "With everything we threw at it, we found out a lot of information about our cars in four hours. "We made multiple, multiple runs. Mid-30 to 40-lap runs (again and again) on the race track to accomplish the goals we had. The drivers hardly ever got out of the cars."
NASCAR penalizes No. 86 team in Truck Series
RELATED: Current series standings NASCAR handed down penalties Wednesday to the Brandonbilt Motorsports team in the Camping World Truck Series for a lug-nut infraction incurred during last weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway . NASCAR assessed a P3-grade penalty to the No. 86 Chevrolet operation for improper lug nut installation. NASCAR officials suspended crew chief Adam Brenner through July 27, which makes him ineligible for the series' next race, July 20 at Eldora Speedway . Brenner was also fined $5,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year. Brandon Brown finished 20th in the No. 86 Chevy during last Thursday's Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 . Brown -- who has competed in all but one event this season -- ranks 20th in the drivers' standings ahead of the series' lone race on a dirt track, next Wednesday's Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).
Three XFINITY Series teams to test at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR XFINITY Series teams ran their last restrictor-plate race of the season Friday night at Daytona International Speedway . On Sunday, three of those teams will return to the 2.5-mile speedway to work with NASCAR officials, testing potential changes in the cars that could lessen the tandem drafting that occurs when one car intentionally pushes another for an extended period of time, enabling the two to move more quickly through the field. The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with driver Daniel Suarez , the No. 22 of Team Penske with driver Ryan Blaney and the No. 33 of Brandon Jones ( Richard Childress Racing ) are scheduled to participate in the one-day test. While NASCAR polices such incidents with a no-push rule, it's one that has been scrutinized often in restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway . Instituted in 2014, the edict allows drivers to "bump-draft" or shove another car in an effort to pass others, but constant contact will draw a penalty from officials. Officials are expected to look at several changes aimed at making the cars more similar to those in the Sprint Cup Series, where the front and rear of the cars don't match up sufficiently to enable one car to push another effectively. Sprint Cup cars currently cannot run an extended number of laps without risking damage to the engine of the trailing car due to overheating. Friday night’s race, won by Sprint Cup Series competitor Aric Almirola , was the 15th of 33 on this year's schedule. The series' inaugural Chase will consist of the final seven races of the season, and will begin at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24.