Race Recap for the Zippo 200
Sunday, August 4th, Race Recap
Date: August 3, 2019
Event: Zippo 200 (Round 20 of 33)
Location: Watkins Glen International (2.454-mile road course)
Format: 82 laps in three stages (20 laps/20 laps/42 laps)
Start/Finish: No. 86 Vero – True Social Chevrolet – 27th/18th (completed 82/82 laps)
17th – No. 86 (354 points, 251 out of the playoffs)
15th – Brandon Brown (361 points, 154 out of the playoffs)
Race Winner: Austin Cindric of Team Penske
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-40):
● Brandon Brown started 27th and finished 26th.
● “Smooth day, take care of the car and get some valuable experience” were the words from crew chief Doug Randolph to driver Brandon Brown before his first road course race.
● Brown started 27th and spent the first stage getting acclimated and by lap 18 had turned his best lap of the weekend, staying on-track and outpacing a large handful of his competitors.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40):
● Brandon Brown started 24th and finished 25th.
● Brown fought hard all day avoiding cars going off-course and keeping himself in a good position. The No. 86 had one hiccup all day, being spun late in Stage 2 from the 21st position. Brown would recover, stay on the lead lap and jump right back into a rhythm
Stage 3 Recap (Lap 41-82):
● Brandon Brown started 24th and finished 18th
● Everything got crazy at the start of the third and final stage. Brown would gain a handful of positions and Randolph’s strategy would have Brown inside the top-10 between laps 56-69. A timely caution allowed Brown to put on four sticker tires and restarting from the 16th position.
● Brown would avoid a melee in turn 1, resulting in a caution and Brown being in the 12th position. On the ensuing restart with 6 laps remaining, Brown would be put three-wide and forced out of the groove, costing him eight spots, but he would only get two back. This resulted in Brown coming home 18th in his first road course start, out-running drivers that have been road course racing their entire careers.
Next Up: The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the B&L Transport 170 @ Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The race starts at 3:00 pm EST on NBCSN.