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

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

The photo above was taken nine years ago at Owosso Speedway by Patrick McNamara, and it shows Jones being interviewed by track announcer Matt Prieur.

Jul 7, 2018; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones (20) celebrates after winning the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's chief racing development officer, said NASCAR does not plan to change the package for the Talladega playoff race, the final restrictor-plate race of the season.

Last year's race victor, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., had the most memorable run of the night.

"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. He turned Kyle Busch who went to pass Byron for the lead. Stage two was also one by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. the rest of the top 10 on the stage included #34 Michael McDowell, #88 Alex Bowman, #95 Kasey Kahne, #13 Ty Dillon, #48 Jimmie Johnson, #42 Kyle Larson, #3 Austin Dillon, #6 Trevor Bayne and #31 Ryan Newman rounded out the top 10. But I think for me, it's a good story. My first Cup win, my first win at Daytona, my first superspeedway win.

That ended in a flash as Jones wrote a fairy tale finish to a crash-filled night by zipping past reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr., his former teammate at Furniture Row Racing, for the lead on the last lap of the second overtime.

FIRST OVERTIME: Just before the leaders took the white flag, a multicar collision took out another set of contenders and brought out the red flag.


Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson starts fourth in the No. 48 Chevrolet, giving Hendrick three of the top four spots.

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

Jones passed Martin Truex Jr. with about a lap remaining after one of several earlier wrecks denied Truex from what looked like a sure victory. He went crashing off Stenhouse's bumper and chaos ensued.

Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O'Leary worked as tire changers for Rick Ware Racing driver Ray Black Jr. Keselowski's No. 2 Ford slammed into the side of Busch, and more than a dozen cars were unable to slow down.

Twenty of the 40 cars were eliminated by accidents in Saturday's race. Truex beat him off the restart, and the No. 4 vehicle wound up getting caught up in a wreck that forced another overtime. I know better than that. I thought we were out of it and all of a sudden we were right back in it, take the lead and ran away.

After rookie William Byron took the lead, a wreck on the 57th didn't impact the front group. "I made the mistake of lifting instead of just driving through him, and that's my fault".

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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