iK9 Service Dog 200
Monday, March 11th Race Recap
Date: March 9, 2019
Event: iK9 Service Dog 200 (Round 4 of 33)
Location: ISM (Avondale, AZ) Raceway (1 Mile DogLeg Oval)
Format: 200 laps in three stages (45 laps/45 laps/110 laps)
Start/Finish: 19th/15th (Running, completed 199/200 laps)
Point Standing: 15th (85 points, 31 out of the playoffs)
Race Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 1 Winner: Austin Cindric of Penske Racing
Stage 2 Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):
- Brandon Brown started 19th, finished 15th.
- Brandon turned 63 laps in the two practice sessions Friday, but it was not until the race when he found his rhythm and speed. Brown quickly made up positions, battling the No. 4 and No. 51 hard throughout the first stage, running 16th when the caution flew with 12 laps remaining in Stage 1.
- Crew Chief Adam Brenner made the call to stay out and try to gain stage points. A six-lap shootout to end the stage, Brandon did not have a buffer to the cars with 30+ lap fresher tires and he quickly faded, ending up 15th when the green-checkered flew.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90):
- Started 14th, finished 16th.
- The pit crew had a heck of a stop, not making any adjustments, gaining one spot on pit road. Brown quickly found his groove, getting passed only by the 19 and 98 who had penalties and were required to start from the rear of the field.
- The driver of the No. 86 Chevy stayed on the lead lap through the entirety of the second stage, battling hard with the No. 4 for over 20 laps, finally getting passed him with 12 laps remaining in Stage 2.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-200):
- Started 16th, finished 15th.
- The final stage started with Brandon rolling the top side, passed some traffic that got bogged down on the bottom, finding himself in 14th when the caution flew on lap 131, just inside the window of making it to the end of the race on fuel.
- Brown got on the radio saying “don’t make any adjustments, turns 1-2 is on me, I will fix it.”
- Coming off pit road in the 17th position, Brown worked hard to get passed the No. 4 who he battled for the majority of the day, staying on the lead lap until lap 179, where the No. 86 was in the lucky dog position until inside 10-laps-to-go.
- The final stage went green-to-checkered from that final caution and without any additional yellows the No. 86 and Brandon Brown came home in the 15th position. His 2nd top-15 in 4 starts in 2019, and his 4th consecutive top-18 finish. He is 14th in points, the No. 86 is 15th.
Next Up: The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Production Alliance Group 300 on Saturday March 16th at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. The race starts at 5pm EST with live coverage provided by FS1.