Sunday March 31st, Race Recap
Date: March 30, 2019
Event: My Bariatric Solutions 300 (Round 6 of 33)
Location: Texas (Fort Worth) Motor Speedway (1.5 Mile Oval)
Format: 200 laps in three stages (45 laps/45 laps/110 laps)
Start/Finish: 21st/17th (Running, completed 199/200 laps)
Point Standing: 14th (127 points, 48 out of the playoffs)
Race Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 1 Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Sieg of RSS Racing
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):
● Brandon Brown started 21st, finished 22nd.
● Qualifying went a lot better than practice as Crew Chief Adam Brenner made a big swing towards loosening the car up. This did not last long. Quickly, the car tightened up. Brandon struggled to rotate the car and pick the throttle up off the corner.
● Brown got lapped with just under 10 to go in Stage 1. This began the uphill battle the No. 86 team had in front of them during the 300-mile event in Texas.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90):
● Started 23rd, finished 20th.
● After being able to work on the No. 86 Chevy, Brown found a little bit more grip through the turns that allowed him to pick up speed. Unfortunately the 2nd Stage was mired in cautions so the team was unable to grasp if the changes had helped or hurt the car.
● On lap 83 the caution flag flew putting the BMS car back on the lead lap via the lucky dog position. This could not had come at a more perfect time as they made the call to stay out under that caution. Puttering around until the end of the stage (lap 90), helped to preserve the extra sets of tires sitting in pit road.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-200):
● Started 20th, finished 17th.
● Ahead of pitting under the caution it was decided the team was going to make another big swing to try and help the car. With Brandon being the last car on the lead lap, the team had nothing to lose.
● Brown found himself struggling still saying “I need more rotation”. As the tires wore out, Brown got back on the mic stating “I think I figured something out in 1 & 2”. With this insight, lap times picked up significantly.
● During green flag pit stops the No. 86 took right side tires only. Unfortunately the caution flew just before the rest of the field needed to come to pit road, catching our car 2 laps down with under 10 laps to go.
● After receiving the wave around, Brown was racing the No. 90 and No. 4 for position in the dash to the end. Avoiding late race incidents of multiple cars in the wall, Brown brought the car home in one piece once again and in the 17th position.
Next Up: The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Alsco 300 on Saturday April 6th at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. The race starts at 1pm EST with live coverage provided by FS1.