Aric Almirola, left, loses a tire as he goes by Michael McDowell after they were involved in a crash during NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The win for Jones, 22, was a landmark moment for the Michigan-born driver, as he broke through to claim the victory in his first season and 57th start with Joe Gibbs racing. He won the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.
"I didn't think we had a shot to win it there about halfway", Jones said. Got ourselves back into contention, and our guys did a great job getting this thing fixed up and getting the buyatoyota.com into victory lane. "If he would've hit me, I would've tried to move or save it, but I never got hit".
In a wild war of attrition that went to two overtimes, Erik Jones outdueled Martin Truex Jr. on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway to seize the first victory of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. But to get here tonight, that's pretty awesome. Jones was one of the lucky ones who avoided major damage. Rounding out the top 10 were Ty Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon and Alex Bowman.
Truex finished second, followed by AJ Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne, and Chris Buescher - another odd top 10 at Daytona. My first Cup win, my first win at Daytona, my first superspeedway win. Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. made contact with Clint Bowyer, who spun and collected Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Trevor Bayne and Ross Chastain.
Last year's race victor, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., had the most memorable run.
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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.
JOHNSON PENALIZED: Jimmie Johnson, seeking to end a 40-race winless streak, was running up front with 40 laps to go when his crew serviced the auto outside its pit box. However, this wasn't the only big wreck that rocked the field during stage two. Busch's No. 18 Toyota slide right and took out William Byron.
Two massive wrecks in Stage 2, both involving Ricky Stenhouse Jr., eliminated the majority of the contending cars and opened the door for a new victor.
Dillon has enjoyed the spoils that come with winning NASCAR's biggest race, including a visit with retired National Basketball Association great Shaquille O'Neal.
"I should have wrecked him and sent a message to the whole field". Then as Keselowski was trying to get the lead back, Stenhouse Jr. got into the back of Keselowski and turned him into Kurt Busch, causing the "Big One" in turn 3.