Rinnai 250

Monday, February 25th Race Recap
Date: February 23, 2019
Event: Rinnai 250 (Round 2 of 33)
Location: Atlanta (GA) Motor Speedway (1.5 Mile Oval)
Format: 163 laps in three stages (40 laps/40 laps/83 laps)
Start/Finish: 11th/13th (Running, completed 163/163 laps)
Point Standing: 15th (43 points, 17 out of the playoffs)
Race Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 1 Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 2 Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-40):
Brandon Brown started 11th, finished 15th.
● With a career-best start in the eleventh position, Brown quickly found himself around much faster cars and much more aggressive drivers.  Brandon played it safe and fell back and rode in the 15th position.
● Not saying much on the radio, Brown made one comment saying “just a tick tight through the center, this thing is fast guys.”

 

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 41-80):
Started 16th, finished 15th.
A small track bar adjustment to help the car rotate under initial throttle was the only change on the ensuing pit stop.  Brown picked up a few positions on the start as staying on the lead lap through this second stage was very important.
The adjustment helped the No. 86 as Brown started working in the third groove in turns 1-2, saying he was getting “killer runs” down the backstretch, into turn 3.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 80-163):

Started 17th, finished 13th.
The third and final stage began after a mishap on pit road, costing the team 3 positions prior to some penalties being handed out to other drivers.
● Brown quickly made up positions and with 50 laps to go, made a pass into the 14th position on the No. 9 JR Motorsports car.
Green Flag pit stops began, the BMS team got as high as third before they pitted, coming in for 4 tires and no adjustments, the team was still on the lead lap as stops cycled through.
A caution and a wave around found the No. 86 in P13, on the lead lap with a short dash to the finish, where Brandon was told “take care of the car, nothing to gain and nothing to lose.”  He did exactly that, bringing the BMS No. 86 Chevy home in the 13th position, our best ever!

Brandon Brown, driver of the BMS No. 86 Chevrolet for Brandonbilt Motorsports:

A new career-best finish for you in the Xfinity Series, what are your emotions right now?
“The emotions are pretty crazy, having our career-best run at a mile-and-a-half really shows the improvements everybody at BMS has made in the offseason, it shows all of the hard work these guys have put into the cars and the day as a whole was pretty complete, nothing went wrong, which is what we need if we’re going to be competitive in this series.”

A new track for you the next 3 weeks, how do you prepare for the West Coast?
“A lot of film and seat time on the simulator, no matter how much you prepare there is going to be a learning curve when you hit the track, I feel like my job is to minimize the time I have to learn the track so the guys can work on making it faster. Other than that, we have had luck going to places for the first time, Darlington and Texas were both top-20’s so hopefully we can keep that up.”

Next Up: The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday March 2nd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. The race starts at 4pm EST with live coverage provided by FS1.