Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Erik Jones earns 1st career Cup win at Daytona

Erik Jones earns 1st career Cup win at Daytona

Regarding Saturday night's race Truex said, "You have to be as aggressive as you can to stay up front". Ty Dillon was sixth, followed by Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Newman and Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon.

"Oh boy, how 'bout that race boys and girls?" "It's a first win. The first one, (William Byron) blocked (Brad Keselowski) and from where I was sitting, I thought we were going to get to the inside of him, so I wasn't really expecting (Keselowski) to check up that quick", Stenhouse said.

Truex finished second, followed by AJ Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher.

In fact, he went as far as saying that he "should have wrecked" William Byron, who used risky blocking maneuvers that collected several cars in one of the crashes.

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.

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

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. It also saw the first career victories of one of NASCAR's new and young faces of the sport.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got caught in a wreck after causing two earlier at Daytona. Stenhouse bumped Kyle Busch and sent the No. 18 Toyota into the wall.

THE BIG ONE: More than half of the 40-car field was involved in the first big crash of the night. 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.

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.

Defending race victor Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started the melee when he tapped and turned Keselowski, who was running third. This wreck involved the following cars; 22, 3, 9, 4, 2, 12, 19, 95, 88, 11, 41, 32, 14, 10, 48, 43.

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.

Last year's race victor, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., had the most memorable run of the night. "It usually happens much later in the night".

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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