Erik Jones gets first Cup win in crash-filled race at Daytona

Erik Jones gets first Cup win in crash-filled race at Daytona

In NASCAR, though, the only thing that matters is who crosses the finish line.

For Jones, this probably wasn't how he envisioned his first Cup victory.

Jones, 23, earned Monster Energy Cup Rookie of the Year honors a year ago with Furniture Row Racing before joining Joe Gibbs Racing this season.

"No, it's aggressive speedway racing", Stenhouse said.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the first two stages of the race.

"He (Jones) got a big run getting into (Turn) 1 and through the center, and I just didn't block him good enough in the middle of 1 and 2", Truex said.

STENHOUSE, AGAIN: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the focus of much of the evening's caution activity, caused the eighth caution with 11 laps to go when damage on his auto caused a tire rub and eventually a tire failure.

Jones, 22, beat Martin Truex Jr, AJ Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher in a two-lap shootout. "If he would've hit me, I would've tried to move or save it, but I never got hit". "It's a first win".

Erik Jones survived several gnarly wrecks, defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. on his bumper late and the pressure of overtime at NASCAR's most famous track.

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"It was a lot of hard work to be here", he said of Victory Lane. Harvick led the field to green on Lap 162 to start the first overtime, but he fell victim to the nine-car wreck before that circuit was completed.

Stenhouse was involved in five crashes and was the root cause of two of them.

Although it was a relatively early point in the race, Lap 53 proved to be one of the defining moments of the night. The caution enabled Jimmie Johnson to return to the lead lap.

Busch's brother, Kyle, got knocked out in a subsequent crash sparked by Stenhouse, and noted, "Same guy that caused the first one caused the second one there".

Shortly before the wreck on the initial would-be final lap, Kahne and Kevin Harvick were side-by-side with six laps to go when another wreck caused a significant delay with cars spread around the infield.

But the Roush Fenway Racing driver didn't feel a need to apologize. That crash ended their respective nights. The wreck occurred on lap 54 after contact between Brad Keselowski and Stenhouse near the front of the pack. I know better than that.

Jones was in second place trailing Truex at the time of that near-finish mark. "I thought we were out of it and all of a sudden we're right back in it".

Quotable: "My fault...we're not wrecking enough people, people are throwing too many bad blocks", Brad Keselowski after getting eliminated from the race in the night's 20 vehicle crash. "He just told me some pretty cool things, so it was cool hanging out with him because I've always been a great fan of him".

Notes: Stenhouse won the first and second stages, garnering his first playoff points of the season, before sustaining serious damage in a Lap 124 wreck.

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