Production Alliance Group 300
Sunday March 17th, Race Recap
Date: March 16, 2019
Event: Production Alliance Group 300 (Round 5 of 33)
Location: Auto Club (Fontana, CA) Speedway (2 Mile Tri-Oval)
Format: 150 laps in three stages (35 laps/35 laps/80 laps)
Start/Finish: 18th/15th (Running, completed 150/150 laps)
Point Standing: 14th (107 points, 36 out of the playoffs)
Race Winner: Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-35):
● Brandon Brown started 18th, finished 15th.
● For the third week in a row, the No. 86 team and driver spent Friday Afternoon learning the track completing over 1/3 of the race’s total distance in practice alone. Brown picked up over 1.2 seconds from first practice to second and used this knowledge at the beginning of Saturday’s 300 mile event.
● Brown was the last car on the lead lap at the end of Stage 1, which went flag-to-flag in its entirety. Brown was able to pick up three positions from his starting spot.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 36-70):
● Started 13th, finished 13th.
● For the third week in a row, the pit crew was solid, gaining spots on every stop (including the first) where they went from 15th to 13th, gaining track position was key to setting up a solid stage.
● The only adjustment CC Adam Brenner made was an air pressure adjustment in the right rear, to help Brown’s “tight on initial throttle” complaint.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 71-150):
● Started 12th, finished 15th.
● The next pit stop the No. 86 crew picked up an additional position, where they also made a track bar adjustment to keep moving in the right direction.
● Brown found himself battling with the 11, 23, 22, 39 and 51 for position when contact between the 39 and 23 caused the No. 86 to narrowly avoid disaster. That caution brought the team back down pit road to change 4 tires and another track bar adjustment.
● After another six laps, yet another yellow flag, this one with 33 laps remaining. Brown would be running 14th at the time, the team restarted 9th and would fall back slightly behind the dominant cars of the day (Ky Busch & T Reddick).
● When it was all said and done, the No. 86 team brought the car home in one piece, in the 15th position. Their 3rd top-15 and 5th top-18 in as many races.
Brandon Brown, driver of the BMS No. 86 Chevrolet for Brandonbilt Motorsports:
14th in points, on the cusp of the playoffs… What does that say about your improvements as a driver and the team’s improvements as a
“Overall it goes to show that having the whole team together, with great communication and the research of the previous limited
schedules that we can prove that we deserve to be here. For myself, I have been constantly learning about these new tracks and have
been able to do better communicate to my team the car’s needs and that allows them to translate it to the car. Under Adam (Brenner)’s
leadership we are constantly getting better, learning new things to try so we can do better each time. Lance and Ryan have really
stepped up in their roles and that shows in the car’s speed and preparedness when we get to the track. I can’t say enough about how
these guys have improved our equipment and we have fortunately been able to give the results needed to show off their work.”
What are your plans for the off week? You’ve been out west for 17 days!?
“Now we go back to work… Searching for sponsors to try and alleviate some financial stress off of the team and to take my girlfriend on a
date or two, she’s been very supportive of me and the lifestyle racing demands and I can’t say enough for her and hows she’s been
Next Up: The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the My Bariatric Solutions 300 on Saturday March 30th at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX. The race starts at 1pm EST with live coverage provided by FS1.