By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
The NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway marks the first of two home races for Brandon Brown.
The Woodbridge, VA native grew up on short tracks. The 0.75-mile tri-oval in Richmond, VA is among those that best suit Brown’s driving style. The Xfinity Series veteran has one top-10 finish at Richmond, eighth, in last year’s race.
“Everything that I raced up until the Xfinity Series were short tracks,” explained Brown. “It’s like a return to my roots. Both Martinsville and Richmond are pretty close to home, so I like to consider them both to be my home tracks.”
“I’d like to learn how to better manage the restarts at Richmond. It’s one of those tracks where it’s so inviting to try to pass on the initial starts. It makes you want to push hard to get to the front. But here, you have to be careful about managing your equipment, mainly tires. I think if I can have that mindset during the race Saturday, I’ll put myself into good positions.”
Brown will have a familiar look on his No. 68 Chevrolet Camaro SS this weekend. Jabs Construction returns to the Brandonbilt Motorsports team for the fourth season in a row. The company has sponsored Brown, as a primary sponsor, 10 times in the past, dating back to 2019 at Dover Motor Speedway. With Jabs Construction onboard, Brown has earned one top-five and three top-10 finishes.
“Jabs Construction returns this weekend, and I couldn’t be more thrilled,” revealed Brown. “They’ve partnered with us in the past and are amazing to work with. They’ll have a smaller sponsorship throughout the rest of the season, so it doesn’t stop after Richmond. I look forward to working with them all year.”
Richmond Raceway hosts the first of four Xfinity Dash 4 Cash races. The top-four finishing eligible drivers compete for a $100,000 bonus. Brown will be competing at Richmond to be a part of the Dash 4 Cash drivers at his home track, Martinsville Speedway.
“That would be huge to our team,” admitted Brown. “I mean $100,000 bonus is magnificent, and would go a long way in this sport. All you can hope for is to qualify for it. Just to get a chance to win it. We would love to qualify for the Dash 4 Cash.”
Brown enters Richmond 13th in the Xfinity Series points standings. The 28-year-old is 10-points behind the points cutline, currently held by Riley Herbst.
The ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, at 1:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
Featured Photo Credit: Photo by Brandonbilt Motorsports