Erik Jones gets 1st Cup win in crash-filled race at Daytona

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Plenty of drivers were mad after Saturday night's crash-filled NASCAR race at Daytona, but Ricky Stenhouse Jr.is the only one who needed a security escort afterward.

"Oh boy, how 'bout that race boys and girls?" Jones shouted to the crowd when he climbed out of his auto.

The win comes in Joe Gibbs Racing driver's 57th career start.

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

"There was a ton of torn-up cars so I figured we'd be able to salvage something", Larson said, not knowing there would be a few more added to the wreckage by night's end. The outside lane was more organized as the final lap unfolded, and Jones got a strong run through Turns 1 and 2. "If he would've hit me, I would've tried to move or save it, but I never got hit". But to get here tonight, that's pretty awesome. My first Cup win.

In a Coke Zero Sugar 400 that went eight laps beyond its scheduled 160, Jones passed the reigning series champion on the backstretch of the final lap and held on to win by.125 seconds.


Because the race featured so many wrecks, only 13 cars finished on the lead lap, and may drivers recorded their best finish of the season.

AJ Allmendinger was third, with Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher rounding out the top five.

Daytona 500 victor Austin Dillon didn't seem to be much of a factor, but he made it to the end of the night and finished ninth. As the race got going again rookie William Byron looked like he was becoming a contender when Ricky Stenhouse turned Kyle Busch into Byron sending them crashing in a wreck that also included Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne, Erik Jones and Corey Lajoie. He spun onto the frontstretch grass. Jones was one of the lucky ones who avoided major damage.

KENNINGTON SPINS: D.J. Kennington, who ran as high as second after much of the field was pounded in accidents, caused the night's seventh caution with a spin with 27 laps to go.

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

Saturday nights race was full of action. He was penalized a lap, drawing a complaint from crew chief Chad Knaus.


Even worse, Stenhouse was right at the center of the night's two biggest wrecks, including one early on that involved a number of top cars.

Stenhouse took out Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and others. 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. Cars in the following group were swept into the accident.

In fact, he went as far as saying that he "should have wrecked" William Byron, who used unsafe blocking maneuvers that collected several cars in one of the crashes. And it was my fault because I lifted. I've got to get better at my mirror-driving.

"I should have wrecked him and sent a message to the whole field".

"There's so much smoke in the auto from that burnout, I can hardly breathe, but what an awesome finish". Menard took a ride in the dirt on the backstretch, which tore up his auto.


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