February 18th, 2016
Yes, we know Brandon Jones is a NASCAR XFINITY Series driver for Richard Childress Racing. Yes, we know he drives the No. 33 Chevrolet. Yes, you should know that today is his 19th birthday – Happy Birthday, Brandon! But he’s not your average young racer. Here are five things about Brandon you probably didn’t know:
NOVICE BANJO PLAYER – Brandon is an avid country music listener and decided he would learn to play the banjo. With some patience and determination, he’s learned to pick Dueling Banjo but hasn’t quite mastered the ending of the song.
DOWN ON THE FARM – Brandon hails from Atlanta, Ga., so you wouldn’t necessarily think he knows how to farm; on the contrary, he’s quite talented in the agriculture department. Early in the year before racing season gets underway, Brandon spends his days preparing his farm for the year’s crops. He especially enjoys growing corn.
CHEF IN TRAINING – With a garden full of luscious vegetables, Brandon can’t help but express interest in the kitchen. Jones has been taking on the challenge of learning how to cook. He even recently purchased a Big Green Egg cooker over the off-season and plans to learn the tricks of the trade on how to become a master barbecuer.
ANTIQUE HOT RODDER – One of Brandon’s most prized possessions is a family heirloom that was graciously handed down to him. Brandon owns a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro that’s outfitted with a Richard Childress Racing SP2 engine. It may not be his everyday ride, but he does take it out on occasion to cruise around Mooresville, N.C., where he lives.
AVID OUTDOORSMAN – When Brandon isn’t racing, he thoroughly enjoys the outdoors. If he’s not fishing, he’s shooting bow and arrow and practicing target shooting. Brandon
showed off those skills when he took first place in the “Steel Showdown” competition at Ryan Newman’s Lock and Load charity event at Rescue Ranch during the off-season.
WOOD CRAFTSMAN – Brandon first found his passion for woodworking by watching tutorials on YouTube. In his spare time, Brandon tools around in his workshop building and carving different objects. He even built himself a table for his house.