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JR Motorsports Driver Unexpectedly Drops to Last Despite Clinching Pole at Martinsville

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In a thrilling qualifying session at Martinsville, Brandon Jones blazed around the track, recording a lightning-fast lap time of 19.694 seconds in his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. His impressive performance secured him the pole position for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race. This marks Jones’s ninth pole award in the Xfinity Series, tying the track record set by Ty Gibbs.

However, fate dealt him a bittersweet hand. Despite clinching the pole, Brandon Jones will start from the rear of the field due to a broken brake rotor. Martinsville’s tight turns and short track layout can be brutal on brakes, and Jones unfortunately had to replace a crucial component before the race.

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Bib Posckrass shared the difference between Cup and Xfinity in terms of the Brake rotor. His tweet read: “Brandon Jones will have to drop to the rear tomorrow as the team will have to change a brake rotor. In Cup, that change is not to-the-rear b/c single-sourced part. In Xfinity, it is not so it is to-the-rear.”

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FOX shared a post on X highlighting an unexpected twist in the fastest track record challenge, revealing that #9 set a new track record. However, if he doesn’t break his own record, he will start last.

What was the unexpected twist at Martinsville?

Brandon Jones, who initially secured the pole position with a blazing qualifying time of 19.694 seconds at the 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series DUDE Wipes 250 at Martinsville Speedway, encountered an unexpected twist. The No. 9 Chevrolet JR Motorsports team discovered a hairline crack in his brake rotor after his qualifying run.

As a result, Jones will have to start from the rear during the race. Despite his impressive qualifying performance, the brake rotor issue necessitates this change, and he’ll be aiming to make up ground as the green flag drops

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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