FREDERICKSBURG, VA – (December 3, 2019)
The inaugural full-time season for Brandonbilt Motorsports (BMS) began as the No. 86 unsponsored Chevrolet unloaded in Daytona back in February. Donning the yellow & red familiar with BMS as well as the trademark No. 86, Brandonbilt Motorsports and driver Brandon Brown prepared for the daunting task of completing the grueling 33 race schedule over the course of 40 weeks.
The biggest task for 2019 was not the results, as those came quick. A 18th at Daytona, followed by 13th, 17th, 15th, 15th, 17th in the next five starts, Brown and company found that by keeping the nose clean and focusing on the task at hand, they could compete with the best the NASCAR Xfinity Series has to offer.
Following the first seven races of the 2019 NXS Season, Brown found himself on the edge of the playoff bubble; 13th to be exact (12 make playoffs). Pause.
Enter Mason Diaz, Mason who has made each of his NASCAR National Series starts with Brandonbilt Motorsports signed with BMS for two (2) starts in 2019, first where he made his debut back in 2018 and secondly at Charlotte (his first 1.5 mile endeavor). Mason unfortunately had a mechanical failure at Richmond and struggled to get a grip on the fast, steep mile-and-a-half that is Charlotte Motor Speedway. Finishing 36th and 30th respectively.
By this point, Brown had rallied off four more consecutive top-20 finishes (20th, 15th, 13th, 20th) at Richmond, Talladega, Dover and Charlotte found himself still on the edge of the playoff bubble, hoping to help the little family-owned team from Fredericksburg, VA make the playoffs in their inaugural season.
Charlotte in May was a historic weekend for Brandonbilt Motorsports. It was not only the first race with new partner Vero – True Social (a new brand focusing on the social media market, that stays true to their small business values) but it was also the first time in 40 National Series events that BMS would field two (2) entries in the same event. Something BMS would successfully do four more times in 2019.
The Summer Months had their ups and downs, but none more so up than Brown and BMS’s best finish to date, a sixth place run at the Daytona International Speedway on 4th of July weekend in the Firecracker 250. Brandon avoided a melee and snuck around to the end and captured his first top-10 in the NXS.
BMS would then sign on developmental driver Will Rodgers. Will had a flurry of success in NASCAR’s regional touring divisions, winning K&N East & West races as well as competing for victories in the ARCA Menards Series. Will signed on for two (3) and eventually a 4th race for the 2019 season. Will provided BMS with their best career NXS qualifying effort (10th at Roval) as well as an average finish of 22nd, which is skewed considering his 28th at Charlotte Roval was caused by contact while running 12th on the final lap. Will would also run Iowa 2 in the No. 68 as well as Mid-Ohio and Homestead-Miami in the No. 86.
Not to be forgotten, Brandon was hit hard by troubles in the latter part of the season. A handful of mechanical failures and crashes pushed the Coastal Carolina University Alumni outside of playoff contention, back to 15th in points. Brown ended the season on a high note, running 79% of the final 1,000 laps inside the top-15, including an 11th at Dover and a 13th in the Season Finale at Miami.
We would like to thank everyone who helped to make this first full season a success: ABS Vans, Coastal Carolina University, USMC HMX-1, Jabs Construction, Kelly Benefit Strategies, Mid Atlantic Wrecker Service, OpenEye, Pifer Brothers BBQ, Rollin Smoke BBQ, Solid Rock Carries, Touchrate, Tour Stafford County – VA, Vector Security and Vero – True Social.