NASCAR: Joe Gibbs Racing confirm Brandon Jones for 2021

Brandon Jones is set to return to Joe Gibbs Racing for a fourth year in the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, the team confirmed Tuesday.

Brandon Jones is in the midst of a career year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in what is his third season behind the wheel of the #19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, and the team confirmed on Tuesday that he is slated to return for a fourth next year.

Jones, who advanced to the round of 8 of the playoffs for the first time in five attempts at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval this past weekend, sits in sixth place in the championship standings through 29 of the season’s 33 races.

Here is what the 23-year-old Atlanta, Georgia native had to say about returning to the team next year in a team release.

“This has been a dream season so far and I couldn’t be prouder of our 19 team. It’s been great to have Jeff Meendering as my crew chief for the second consecutive year and his leadership along with the consistency is exactly what this team needed. I also realize how fortunate I am to have partners like Menards and Toyota; their support means the world to me. This has been a phenomenal year and I couldn’t be more excited about being back at Joe Gibbs Racing next season.  Right now, I remain focused on our championship run and making it to Phoenix where I won earlier this year for a shot at the Xfinity Series title.”

Here is what team owner Joe Gibbs had to say about the matter.

“It has been a real thrill to watch Brandon’s development over the past few years with us in the Xfinity Series. He is a Championship contender of course and his veteran leadership has been a real asset to our overall program. We’re excited about the opportunity he has the rest of this year and that he will return next season and continue to build upon that success.”

Jones secured his first career victory at Kansas Speedway last October in what was his 134th career start, and he has won a career-high three races so far this year.

With Christopher Bell leaving the team following two seasons during which he won a combined 15 races, Jones was thrust into the veteran role for the team this season when they hired rookies Harrison Burton and Riley Herbst to drive the #20 Toyota and #18 Toyota, respectively.

Jones won at Phoenix Raceway back in March before winning again at Kansas Speedway in July and then at Darlington Raceway in September. He has recorded nine top five finishes, bettering his previous career-high of six from last year, and 16 top 10 finishes, one shy of his career-high of 17 from 2018.

He is the lone Joe Gibbs Racing driver remaining in this year’s playoffs and is poised to top his career-high finish of ninth place in the championship standings from 2018.

Additionally, nobody is looking forward to the round of 8 opener at Kansas Speedway this Saturday, October 17 more than he is, given his status as the two-time reigning winner at the track. A win in this race would lock him into the Championship 4 at Phoenix Raceway.

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Tune in to NBC Sports Network at 7:00 p.m. ET this Saturday, October 17 for the live broadcast of the Kansas Lottery 300 from Kansas Speedway, the first of three races in the round of 8.