NASCAR: Brandon Jones to run for RCR part-time in 2015 XFINITY Series season


17-year-old NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver Brandon Jones has secured a part-time seat for 2015 with Richard Childress Racing and its No. 33 NASCAR XFINITY Series program.

This year, Jones finished fourth in the K&N East standings on the strength of one win at Iowa Speedway, five Top-5s, and 11 Top-10 finishes.

He has also run select events in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (best finish of fourth at Dover in May) and the ARCA Racing Series, where he won twice at Winchester (Ind.) and Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to driving RCR cars with ECR Engines next year,” Jones said in a statement. “They are a multi-championship team in the XFINITY Series and I know I have a lot of work and learning ahead of me. I couldn’t think of a better team to race with than RCR.”

Team owner Richard Childress said in his own thoughts that he had been keeping tabs on Jones’ progress for several years and liked what he saw in him as both a driver and a person.

“Adding him to our developmental program and putting him in our No. 33 Chevrolet is a good move for us and his career,” Childress added. “I look forward to seeing his progression next year and welcome him to the RCR family.”

Like it has done this season with the No. 33, RCR said in the release that Jones would share the car in 2015 with other drivers to be named later. Jones will also continue to run limited Truck Series and ARCA schedules.

In 2014, RCR has called upon Cale Conley (11 starts); two of the their Sprint Cup regulars, Paul Menard and Austin Dillon (one start each); and defending Truck Series champion Matt Crafton (one start) to drive the No. 33. Menard won with the car back in June at Michigan International Speedway.