Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

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

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

Stage One: Polesitter #9 Chase Elliott was able to lead the first 10 laps until #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr traded the lead between himself and Elliott for a couple laps before leading the rest of the stage and capturing his first stage win of the year. He led one lap, the final circuit.

"How about that race boys and girls?" said Jones, who replaced 2004 series champion Matt Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing this year.

"That was something else, man". "I thought we were out of it and all of a sudden we're right back in it". Wow, what an awesome race. "It's a first win. What an awesome day". "Ricky (Stenhouse) was doing the best he could to give me a good push and had a great run to take the lead, and the vehicle in front of me just threw a late, bad block, Keselowski said".

Last year's victor Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was out in front for 51 laps and won the first two stages of the race, but, with 36 laps to go, he and Kyle Larson were involved in a collision.

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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.

With a push from Kahne, Truex got the lead after the final restart on Lap 167 but couldn't hold it.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was involved in five crashes Saturday night.

Relive the wrecks, drama and celebrations as Erik Jones takes the checkered flag in the Florida night.

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AJ Allmendinger ran third after a nine-car wreck ended the first overtime attempt with Truex approaching the finish line just short of the end of the white-flag lap.

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.

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. 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.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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Stenhouse took out Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and others. "It seemed like he was being really aggressive, and that's the second time we've kind of been on the wrong end of something with him". Jones battled back from damage sustained in a multicar wreck on Lap 65, an accident that cost him a lap. Keselowski's No. 2 Ford slammed into the side of Busch, and more than a dozen cars were unable to slow down.

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