Jones snatches dramatic win in crash-filled Daytona race

The pole is the fourth of his career

The pole is the fourth of his career

NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. reportedly needed a security escort after he was blamed for causing a pair of crashes during Saturday night's Coca-Cola 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

"How about that race, boys and girls?"

Only 20 of the 40 cars that started the race were running at the finish, and only 13 finished on the lead lap.

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.

"He (Jones) got a big run getting into (Turn) 1 and through the center, and I just didn't block him good enough in the middle of 1 and 2", Truex said.

"There was a ton of torn-up cars so I figured we'd be able to salvage something", Larson said, not knowing there would be a few more added to the wreckage by night's end.

"It was a lot of hard work to be here", he said of Victory Lane. But I think for me, it's a good story.

That Jones Boy got it done tonight at ol' Daytona! It was Stenhouse's first stage win of the year. Jones and other drivers in the under-30 group were expected to make noise this season with the departure of several leading drivers, but the younger drivers have been slow to produce.

In a Coke Zero Sugar 400 that went eight laps beyond its scheduled 160, Jones passed the reigning series champion on the backstretch of the final lap and held on to win by.125 seconds.

Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O'Leary worked as tire changers for Rick Ware Racing driver Ray Black Jr.

Ty Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon and Alex Bowman completed the first 10 finishers. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Brendan Gaughan and D.J. Kennington were the final cars on the lead lap.

Relive the wrecks, drama and celebrations as Erik Jones takes the checkered flag in the Florida night. Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. made contact with Clint Bowyer, who spun and collected Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Trevor Bayne and Ross Chastain. The only lap Jones led was the last one.

STENHOUSE, LARSON CRASH: Kyle Larson lost control of his vehicle with 37 laps to go, apparently because of a tire issue, and his spin collected Stenhouse putting the field under caution for the sixth time.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was involved in five crashes Saturday night. He was penalized a lap, drawing a complaint from crew chief Chad Knaus.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got caught in a wreck after causing two earlier at Daytona.

THE SECOND BIG ONE: The night's second major crash occurred on lap 65.

Stenhouse took out Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and others.

Stenhouse started two accidents in the second stage, wrecking more than half of the field.

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