Race Recap for the Circle-K Firecracker 250
Friday, July 5th Race Recap
Date: July 6, 2019
Event: Circle-K Firecracker 250(Round 16 of 33
Location: Daytona International Speedway (2.500 Tri-Oval)
Format: 100 laps in three stages (30/30/40 laps)
Start/Finish: No. 86 HMX Marine Squadron One Chevrolet – 33rd/6th (completed 100/100 laps)
Point Standing: 18th- No. 86 (282 points, 203 out of the playoffs)
14th – Brandon Brown (308 points, 125 out of the playoffs)
Race Winner: Ross Chastain of Kaulig Racing
Stage 1 Winner: Ross Chastain of Kaulig Racing
Stage 2 Winner: Michael Annett of JR Motorsports
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):
● Brandon Brown started 33rd, finished 9th.
● Brown and Spotter Tony Raines communicated before the race “we don’t ride, let’s go race” and that’s exactly what the No. 86 team did, wasting no time cracking the top-15.
● After a pair of early wrecks and wreck avoidance, Brown found himself in the top lane and carrying momentum inside the top-10 for Stage 1 Points for the first time in his career!
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-60):
● Brandon Brown started 13th, finished 14th.
● Brown said the car handled well but was struggling with handling on exit, a quick adjustment, 2 right side tires and he was on his way.
● Brown was held stagnant at the back of the lead pack as the competitors diced, Brandon struggled to gain momentum and was relegated to a 14th place finish in Stage 2.
Stage 3 Recap (Lap 61-100):
● Brandon Brown started 28th, finished 6th
● This is where things get crazy. Brown came in and topped off on fuel coming to One To Green to ensure enough fuel for the end of the race.
● After this, Brown started pushing his way to the front and contact with the No. 93 started a melee that the No. 86 came through with just a tiny bit of nose damage.
● Then Brandon Brown proceeded to avoid 3 more major accidents that he should not have made it through. Brown crosses the finish line in a career-best 7th (later 6th after No. 10 DQ).
Next Up: The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is in the Alsco 300 on Friday, July 12th at the Kentucky Speedway. The race starts at 7:30 pm EST with live coverage provided by NBCSN.