Following a successful rookie season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Brandon Jones returns as the driver of the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro for the 2017 season. During his rookie campaign, the Atlanta, Georgia, native qualified for the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase, earned 12 top-10 finishes and led 36 laps on the season.
In addition to his full-time XFINITY Series schedule for RCR, Jones ran a limited schedule of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races in 2016 under the Ranier Racing with MDM banner. Jones was able to earn his third-career ARCA Racing Series victory in June at Michigan International Speedway.
Jones reached the NASCAR ranks through a traditional progression to stock car success by winning at nearly every level. The Atlanta, Georgia, native began his racing career in 2010 at the age of 13. The following year, he completed his first full season earning the Super Trucks points championships at Lanier Speedway and Gresham Motorsports Park, acquiring six pole awards, five wins, five second-place finishes and 16 top-five finishes in 17 starts.
Jones advanced his career in 2012 by competing in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and the United Auto Racing Association (UARA) Late Models, winning his first UARA-STARS race at Concord Speedway. At 15 years old, he made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at Greenville Pickens Speedway.
In 2013, Jones competed in an intense and diverse schedule racing in various Late Model series and K&N Pro Series East events, as well as making his Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Jones raced full-time in the K&N Pro Series East in 2014, scoring his first series victory at Iowa Speedway. The rookie driver finished fourth in the driver championship point standings that season on the strength of five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
In addition to competing in the K&N Pro Series East, Jones made five Camping World Truck Series starts, posting a career-best finish of fourth at Dover International Speedway.
Jones also made three ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts in 2014. With victories at Winchester Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway, he became the first driver in the series’62-year history to have back-to-back wins in his first two starts. He narrowly missed a three-peat at Madison International Speedway the following week.
During his limited XFINITY Series schedule with RCR in 2015, the young driver made 34 starts across four different racing divisions; XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series, K&N Pro Series East and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, earning 11 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes, with 166 laps led.
Crew chief Nick Harrison returns to Richard Childress Racing for the 2017 season, working with sophomore driver Brandon Jones in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
During the 2016 season, Harrison was partnered with Ty Dillon and qualified for the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase. Together, Harrison and Dillon finished fifth in the XFINITY Series point standings on the strength of nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. The duo also earned a pole award at Daytona International Speedway in February.
The Columbia, Tennessee, native, began his racing career at the age of 14, where he and best friend Steadman Marlin – son of veteran NASCAR driver, Sterling Marlin – started racing late models at the local fairgrounds in Nashville. These local short track races were Harrison’s first experience serving as a crew chief.
After graduating high school, Harrison took a job as crew chief at Sadler Racing. During the 2001 and 2002 seasons, he and Steadman Marlin competed in 10 XFINITY Series races. During the winter of 2002, Harrison moved to Mooresville, North Carolina, where he served as crew chief for Marlin during Braun Racing’s first venture in the XFINITY Series.
In 2005, Harrison assumed the role as car chief at Brewco Motorsports in Central City, Kentucky for driver David Green. The following year he teamed back up with Marlin for several races on the XFINITY Series schedule with Sadler Brothers Racing.
Harrison joined Phoenix Racing as car chief in 2008 and moved into the role of crew chief during the 2010 season. While not officially listed as crew chief, Harrison earned his first premiere series victory atop the pit box with Brad Keselowski in the April 2009 race at Talladega Superspeedway. He earned his first-career XFINITY Series win with Kurt Busch at Daytona International Speedway in July 2012.
Harrison first joined the RCR organization in October 2013. During the 2014 season, Harrison served a combined role, acting as crew chief of the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro in the XFINITY Series and as crew chief on a limited basis in the premiere series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as part of a R&D program, working with drivers Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Matt Crafton and Cale Conley.
That season, Harrison scored an XFINITY Series win with Menard at Michigan International Speedway and a Camping World Truck Series win with Austin Dillon at Pocono Raceway. He also earned a pole award in the premiere series with Scott at Talladega Superspeedway. In 2015, Harrison and Austin Dillon went to Victory Lane twice, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March and Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.