Brandon Jones showed speed all day long, but ultimately chased teammate Denny Hamlin who proved to be the strongest in the race. In the closing laps, Hamlin battled the No. 10 of Ross Chastain for the win and the duo ultimately tangled to allow Jones to skirt his way by and take the lead for the white-flag lap. The Georgia-native, held on to win his third Xfinity Series race of 2020 and more importantly honored Robert Huffman and his 2003 Goody’s Dash championship winning paint scheme perfectly.
“I’ve been in this position actually a few times. I did it at Kansas when I won, and that’s what came to mind. I knew I need to back the entry up whenever they were racing really hard, and that was my only option to try to get a better exit than them,” Jones said.
Overall the weekend and racing proved to be fun for Jones…even with a Darlington Stripe. “I mean, look at the right side of this thing. I think everybody’s looks like this and that is what is so much fun about this track. This is a tough place to get around. You saw them really racing hard, and I knew I was catching them. We knew we was going to pull that big slider and that’s what you have to do sometimes to clear them. All-in-all, we had the Robert Huffman paint scheme. This is so big for Toyota. Myself, oh my gosh, this place is huge on so many levels on Southern 500 weekend. We will take it. Three wins this year. We will keep going. I think more to come.”
Teammate Riley Herbst persevered for another top-five finish on the season, but it didn’t come without a battle. “We had that motor issue in the first 10 laps or so. We were behind the eight ball all day and just kept chipping forward, moving forward and got fourth out it, that’s cool. This place is hard man, but proud of our team and keep working, heads down and looking for that first win. It’s coming.”
Austin Hill brought home a ninth-place finish with his Hattori Racing Enterprises Truck Series crew, a good omen as to what’s to come when the NASCAR Truck Series returns to Darlington Raceway tomorrow.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Richmond Raceway next for Friday night action under the lights. Coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET on NBCSN and can be heard on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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Source: Toyota Racing