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Brandon Jones back with Joe Gibbs Racing for second Xfinity season

NASCAR Xfinity Series Bar Harbor 200 - Practice

DOVER, DE - OCTOBER 05: Brandon Jones, driver of the #19 Menards/Atlas Toyota, climbs into his car during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Bar Harbor 200 presented by Sea Watch International at Dover International Speedway on October 5, 2018 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Brandon Jones will return for a second season with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the team announced Friday.

Jones will pilot the No. 19 JGR Toyota Supra. After a run with Richard Childress Racing in 2016 and 2017, Jones spent the 2018 campaign with JGR, qualified for the playoffs and finished a career-best ninth in the Xfinity standings.

In 33 starts, he had two top-five and 17 top-10 finishes, led 173 laps and scored one pole. His best showing was runner-up in the spring Xfinity race at Talladega.

Jones will be paired this season with a new crew chief, Jeff Meendering.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our 19 team and the huge strides and experience we gained last year,” Jones said in a JGR media release. “There is no doubt it was a big team effort and I am very excited about being back at Joe Gibbs Racing this season.

“With the addition of our new crew chief Jeff Meendering and his leadership, we should be in the mix every weekend competing for a championship.”

Sponsorship will be announced at a later date, the team said.

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