Jones Earns a Top 10 in First Start with KBM
Brandon Jones made his first start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Friday night at Kansas Speedway. After qualifying his No. 51 Lyons Industries/Menards Tundra 13th, Jones worked the entire race to communicate the changes he needed to crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., and the duo worked well together to earn a hard-fought ninth-place finish.
Stage One Recap:
- Jones started 13th and moved up to ninth within the first 30 laps of the race. He reported the Lyons Industries/Menards Tundra was a little tight throughout the corners.
- When Stage One ended on lap 40, Jones was in seventh place.
- He pitted on lap 44 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment to help free-up the handling.
Stage Two Recap:
- After quick work by the pit crew, Jones started the second stage in fourth place and remained there during the entire 40-lap stage.
- The changes during the previous stop helped quite a bit, but the truck was still a little tight when Jones was in traffic.
- When the pits opened on lap 83, he pitted for fresh tires and another air pressure adjustment.
Stage Three Recap:
- Jones started the final 87-lap stage in seventh place.
- His Tundra was still tight and with 50 laps to go he had fallen back to 11th place.
- Without a caution in the final 50 laps, the teams were forced to make green-flag pit stops to finish the race. Jones came to pit road on lap 135 for final adjustments and four tires.
- He was 15th with 20 laps to go, but as the rest of the field cycled through their green-flag stops Jones moved up to 12th.
- In the final four laps of the race, he fought his way into the top 10 for a ninth-place finish.
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