Brandon Jones scored his first career NASCAR National Series victory on Saturday at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. Jones, piloting the No. 19 Flow Toyota, started second on the leaderboard for the Kansas Lottery 300 and led only 10 laps of the event.
“This is incredible. I knew this was going to happen – that we were going to come here and have an amazing run like we did today,” said Jones after the race. It’s only because of those guys here. They have fought with me for a long time, and this feels way better because it has been tough to get to this point. I don’t think I could have done this without the manufacturer. I wish my parents were here. They have been through a bunch of wins with me. All-in-all, I cannot wait to celebrate with these guys.”
The win did not come easy for the Georgia native as he survived a late-race restart with five laps to go. Jones previously took the lead on a restart with 10 laps left after a wad of cars raced for the second position that allowed the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to advance the gap even further.
“I’m not going to lie about this. My foot was literally shaking on the accelerator on that last lap,” said Jones regarding the final laps of the race. “I’m not even sure if I was wide open at the time, when I was doing it. There was a lot of nerves. A lot of emotion going through my mind, but I saw it coming and got pretty pumped.”
Noah Gragson and Joey Gase had incidents in turn one that brought out the yellow flag with seven circuits to go. Gragson went on to finish 13th while Gase took home the 32nd spot.
Jones will leave Kansas with five top five and 14 top 10 finishes through 30 completed races.
Tyler Reddick sat second when the checkered flag waved while in the process of catching race winner Brandon Jones. Reddick, finishing stage one in fourth and stage two in third, was involved in a post-race scuffle with 11th place finisher and stage two winner Cole Custer after the race because of a move made on the track. The two exchanged words while putting hands on each other after the event on pit road.
The second-place finish in the Kansas Lottery 300 marks Reddick’s 22nd top five and 25th top 10 finish of 2019.
Chase Briscoe, leading 33 of the 200 circuits on Saturday, crossed the line in third. The driver of the No. 98 Ford sat seventh in stage one and fifth in stage two.
Michael Annett, who started 38th on the leaderboard, and Justin Allgaier, who started seventh, rounded out the top five.
Jeremy Clements, Justin Haley, John Hunter Nemechek, Ryan Sieg and Ross Chastain rounded out the top 10.
Several contenders were involved in incidents throughout the 200-lap event. The second yellow flag of the afternoon involved Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton in turn four. The incident ended the day for Burton while Cindric continued to a 25th-place finish.
On lap 164, John Hunter Nemechek ran into an issue in turn two. The No. 23 Chevrolet, after starting 15th on the leaderboard, went on to an eighth-place run.
On lap 185, with 15 laps remaining, leaders Chase Briscoe and Christopher Bell were involved in an incident with a lap car of Garrett Smithley on the frontstretch. Bell, winner of stage one, and Briscoe continued while Smithley went behind the wall following the three-car incident. Briscoe finished third while Bell finished the afternoon in 12th.
The series will take another weekend off before returning at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2nd. The O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 will take place at 8:30 p.m. ET. live on NBCSN.