Jones wins 1st Cup race at crash-filled Daytona

Jun 30 2018 Joliet IL USA NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson during practice for the Overton's 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Mand

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17) crosses the finish line to win the first stage of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was leading when the wreck happened, but was penalized one lap for pitting outside his box during a stop a few laps earlier.

"Oh boy, how 'bout that race boys and girls?"

"That was something else, man. That's my fault. I'll take the credit for my team, and we'll go to Talladega, and we'll wreck everybody that throws a bad block like that". Wow, what an awesome race. It was Stenhouse's first stage win of the year.

"What an awesome day", he said afterward. AJ Allmendinger finished third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher. He's worked hard. I don't know the repercussions of him winning here, what they're going to be.

"I think it's a little bit typical plate racing, " reigning Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon told NBC Sports after Saturday's Cup race.

The race's defending champion, Stenhouse had a fast auto once again, and won the race's first two stages. Jones joins a list of many drivers who got their first win in this race.

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With a push from Kahne, Truex got the lead after the final restart on Lap 167 but couldn't hold it. Thanks to a push from Chris Buescher, Jones was able to get ahead of Truex Jr. and stretched the advantage to a couple of auto lengths as the field raced through Turns 3 and 4. It also saw the first career victories of one of NASCAR's new and young faces of the sport. The second crash sent the race into overtime and the wreck involved Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Bubba Wallace Jr, Jimmie Johnson, Ross Chastain, Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Brendan Gaughan and Alex Bowman.

STAGE ONE: Stenhouse dominated the race's first stage and edged Kyle Busch for the stage win. The No. 78 auto led for 20 laps on the night, but ultimately he just didn't have enough to hold off Jones.

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 vehicle caused a tire rub and eventually a tire failure.

With 11 laps left to go in the stage, things got back underway with Stenhouse Jr. leading the way.

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

The overtime period was initially set up by a wreck with four laps to go in the original 160-lap distance involving Michael McDowell, Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Gase. But some drivers felt he drove too aggressively. Survival was the key component for success and those that were able to avoid the many melees had a shot to win as Jones proved.

For Jones, a 22-year-old MI native driving in his first season for Joe Gibbs Racing, the breakthrough victory came in his 57th career start.

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