TOLEDO, Ohio – NASCAR Xfinity Series veteran Brandon Jones doesn’t show up on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour much anymore, but there’s a reason you’ll see him in the line-up at Michigan Int’l Speedway when the ZOMONGO 200 rolls off Friday night, June 8.
Jones will be going for three straight wins at Michigan in the No. 12 Mobile 1-TRD Toyota for MDM Motorsports.
“That’s the main reason we’re coming back and do that…to try and win three straight,” said Jones. “I’m really looking forward to going back. We’re always strong…we know we always have something to go with there. But winning that third straight…that’s our main goal.”
Jeff Purvis is the only ARCA driver to win three consecutive races at Michigan, in 1993, ’94 and ’95. No driver has ever won four straight.
Jones has clearly found the “sweet spot” at Michigan.
“It’s just always worked out for us. I’ve found a rhythm there that really works. I’ve found the right line…I really haven’t had to search for it.
“Michigan has multiple grooves, but there’s one specific line there that works the best. I seem to take to the bigger tracks where you have one specific line…I tend to take to that better. Michigan has been pretty good to us in the Xfinity car too.”
Jones is also well aware of the increasingly competitive ARCA fields.
“Oh absolutely…there are a lot of great cars in the ARCA Series. It’s going to be hard enough to beat my MDM teammates. You’ve got Riley Herbst in the Joe Gibbs car, Venturini Motorsports and all the rest. There won’t be anything easy about it. It seems to get harder year after year over there (ARCA). The good news is that the Xfinity Series continues to teach me so much. There’s a lot of learning in Xfinity, and that’s always played into my favor.”
Jones not only won back-to-back ARCA races at Michigan, the Atlanta, Georgia driver won in his first two ARCA starts in 2014 at Winchester Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway.
The 37th running of the ZOMONGO 200 is Friday, June 8. The ZOMONGO 200 serves as the weekend show-opener for the Sunday afternoon grand finale – the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400.
The on-track ARCA action begins Friday with practice from 9 – 11 a.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. The ZOMONGO 200 is scheduled to get underway Friday at 5:30 with live coverage on MAVTV. ARCAracing.com will provide live timing, scoring and chat.
-ARCA Press Release & Photo