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

Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott

Then Willam Byron would overtake the lead on the ensuing lap.

"How about that race boys and girls?" said Jones, who replaced 2004 series champion Matt Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing this year. My first Cup win, my first win at Daytona, my first superspeedway win.

"I didn't think we had a shot to win it there about halfway", Jones said. That saw a couple of questionable moves made by one driver that caused to big wrecks that knocked out many of NASCAR's major drivers.

AJ Allmendinger finished third, followed by Kasey Kahne, Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon.

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.

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.

Jimmie Johnson led for a season-high 10 laps, but was pretty much out of contention when with less than 40 laps to go he was assessed a one-lap penalty for a pit-road violation.

STAGE TWO: Stenhouse won the second stage over Michael McDowell as the field, decimated by two big wrecks, finished lap 80.

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Stenhouse won the first stage, taking the lead from pole-sitter Chase Elliott on the 14th lap. Stenhouse bumped Kyle Busch and sent the No. 18 Toyota into the wall.

Stenhouse tapped Kyle Busch and caused him to lose control. Byron and Busch were running 1-2 at the time.

Defending race victor Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started the melee when he tapped and turned Keselowski, who was running third. Those are the kinds of things that get other drivers heated, potentially even to the point where they want to start throwing punches.

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After winning the first two stages, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was involved in three accidents, with Kyle Larson with 37 laps to go, a single-car spin with 11 laps to go and the wreck on the first overtime restart.

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.

Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman are on the front row at Daytona, a needed boost for both the team and manufacturer Chevrolet.

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