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Sunday April 7th, Race Recap
Date: April 6, 2019
Event: Alsco 300 (Round 7 of 33)
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway (0.5 Mile Oval)
Format: 300 laps in three stages (80 laps/80 laps/170 laps)
Start/Finish: 22nd/23rd (Running, completed 292/300 laps)
Point Standing: 14th (127 points, 48 out of the playoffs)
Race Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 1 Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsport
Stage 2 Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):
Brandon Brown started 22nd, finished 26th.
● Brandon Brown started 22nd and quickly found himself in the 16th position. Following a caution on lap 41, Brown was down one lap and the #86 Chevrolet was very tight. The crew told him “Hold out until the stage break.”
● At the end of Stage 1 the crew looked over the tires and found ‘cording’ on the left front tire. “Cording” is where the rubber on the tire is gone and allows for minimal grip.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-170):
● Started 21st, finished 19th.
● Crew Chief Adam Brenner made a huge swing in the chassis adjustment and it helped Brown rotate through the center of the corner. Brown said “it helped a 5 or 6 out of 10.”
● When the Stage 2 ended Brown found himself down three laps and fighting for 17th-20th on the track. The crew went to work on continuing the adjustment in the same direction, hoping to find take advantage of future yellow flag wave around and/or lucky dog situations.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 171-300):
● Started 20th, finished 23rd.
● The promising day and potential top-20 took a turn for the worst on lap 95 as Brown reported a vibration, followed shortly by “I have a flat I need to pit,”
● Pitting under green at Bristol is perhaps the most dangerous move of all. Other cars are turning 15 second lap times as our No. 86 crew awaited for the car to enter pit road.
● We lost four laps after pitting under green accompanied by a commitment line violation.
● We were scored P27 after the mishap and Brandon and our crew worked diligently to not finish there as we brought the BMS Chevy home P23. All in all, disappointing.

Next Up: The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Toyota Care 250 on Friday April 12th at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, VA. The race starts at 7pm EST with live coverage provided by FS1.