Race Recap for NASCAR Racing Experience 300

Monday, Feb. 18 Race Recap
Date: Feb. 16, 2019
Event: NASCAR Racing Experience 300 (Round 1 of 33)
Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
Format: 120 laps in three stages (30 laps/30 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish: 28th/18th (Running, completed 120 of 120 laps)
Point Standing: 18th (19 points, 12 out of the playoffs)
Race Winner: Michael Annett of JR Motorsports
Stage 1 Winner: Justin Haley of Kaulig Racing
Stage 2 Winner: Ross Chastain of Kaulig Racing

 

 

 

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):
● Brandon Brown started 28th, finished 33rd.
● The BMS/Touchrate Chevrolet team was patient in the early going, after only single car runs
throughout the weekend leading up to the green flag. The team, spotter and driver were all
patient in the first stage, knowing that the last 2 Season Openers have seen multiple cautions
within the first 30 laps.
● Brown moved his way up to the top 25, all while not pushing the issue, this was not without
trouble as losing the main pack cost the BMS Chevy a few positions.
● Stage 1 went 30 laps under Green Flag conditions as Brown found himself in a pack with the
38, 15 and 01.

 

 

 

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-60):
● Started 19th, finished 25th.
● Brown pitted after the stage break where he stopped for 2 right side tires and a full tank of
fuel. The Pit Crew picked him up a large amount of positions as he restarted 24th on the
ensuing restart.
● It was mid-way through Stage 2 that the driver and spotter noticed the problems the BMS
Chevy faced once the car was at the tail-end of the “congo line” at the top of the race track.
● Once Brown settled in, the patience came back and the #86 drove back to the greencheckered
flag in 25th.

 

 

 

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 61-120):
● Started 24th, finished 18th.
● Brown restarted 24th and rode at the tail end of the lead pack, expecting “The Big One”,
before anything could happen the yellow flag flew for debris on lap 71.
● The top-17 pitted and Brandon Brown took his BMS Chevrolet to the front row, leading his first
laps in a NASCAR National Touring Series event. Crew Chief Adam Brenner made the call
because of worries of not making it on fuel to the scheduled distance of 120 laps/300 miles.
Brown led 2 laps and was the car Michael Annett passed for the win on lap 76.
● The Woodbridge, VA native found his way in the 2nd pack, waiting for “The Big One” which
never happened. The former Chanticleer was running 24th with 10 laps to go, following the 11
of Justin Haley all the way to the 18th when the checkered flag flew in Daytona Beach.

 

 

 

 

Brandon Brown, driver of the BMS/Touchrate Chevrolet for Brandonbilt Motorsports:

What does it mean to your team to come away from Daytona with a top-20 and a clean
race car as BMS deals with the challenges of racing week in and week out?

“Coming away from Daytona with a clean car and a top 20 is incredible for our team. This allows us to
take the car home and learn about the setup in comparison to the performance. This also helps us with
the stress being less than it would be having to worry about a torn up race car.”

Leading with under 50 to go! What was it like leading the field back to green from P1 as
the laps winded down at Daytona? What went through your head during the pace laps
and coming into the restart zone?

“Restarting p1 was an intense moment, it brought on a lot of pressure and a lot of eyes watching. I felt
that we were going to struggle because we got there from not pitting which meant fresher tires were
behind us but I had trusted the strategy coming from the top of the box. I really felt like I needed to hit my
marks and make the most of the restart. This won’t be the only time you see our team up front and we will
be sure to show that BMS is going to be in contention this year. I am very proud of this team and I am
optimistic looking towards the rest of our season.”

Next Up: The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Rinnai 250 on Saturday,
February 23rd at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race starts at 2:00 pm EST with live coverage provided by
FS1.