Brandon Jones will take over the No. 9 Chevrolet entry for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series full-time in 2023, the team announced on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
“To watch how competitive JRM has been over the years is really impressive,” Jones said in a team press release. “They’re a threat to win every week, and one of the premier teams in our series. I’m so thankful to Dale (Earnhardt Jr.), Kelley and Mr. Hendrick for allowing me to be part of it.
The announcement comes around a month after the team’s current driver, Noah Gragson, revealed he would be leaving the group to race full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series next year with Petty GMS Racing.
“Brandon’s been a tough competitor over the years, and he’s a talented addition to JR Motorsports,” Kelley Earnhardt Miller, JRM co-owner and general manager said. “He’s a series veteran that brings a lot of experience, and we’re going to see big things from Brandon and the No. 9 team in 2023.”
Jones currently sits as the seventh seed in the playoff field for the Xfinity Series and is already locked into the post-season thanks to his win at Martinsville Speedway earlier this year with his current team of Joe Gibbs Racing.
On top of his win, the 25-year-old has earned five top fives and nine top 10s so far in 2022. The driver is in his seventh full-time NXS season. his fifth with JGR, and has five career wins.
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A B-rate Xfinity lifer moves from one ride to another of equal quality. Meh
Reminds me of Elliott Sadler.