Erik Jones snatched a dramatic victory after a crash-filled Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Brendan Gaughan and D.J. Kennington were the final cars on the lead lap.
"That was something else, man".
"I didn't think we had a shot to win it there about halfway", Jones said. "It's a first win. What an awesome day".
Truex finished second, followed by AJ Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher - another odd top 10 at Daytona.
"He wrapped his hand around mine twice when I shook it", Dillon said. Ty Dillon was sixth, followed by Matt DiBenedetto and Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon.
Defending race victor Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has won the first stage of the Cup Series race at Daytona.
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.
How Jones Won: He was in position on the second overtime restart to get to the front and took advantage of the opportunity.
Jones was involved in one of the many wrecks Saturday night, but his No. 20 Toyota was still in good enough shape to get by Truex.
Who Had a Bad Day: It seemed nobody was immune to getting caught in a huge accident Saturday night and that tone started on lap 54 when almost half the field was involved in a multi-car melee. Shortly thereafter, carnage once again struck, again coming at the hands of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who was running in 3rd at the time, clipped the 18 of Kyle Busch, who clipped William Byron who was leading and they both took a ride.
Byron, who was knocked out 11 laps after Keselowski, responded to Keselowski's comments, claiming the wreck was more of Stenhouse's fault than his own. Stenhouse Jr. was able to continue but cut a tire later in the race to take him from contention...
At the end of a week in which talk of younger drivers needing to show force in NASCAR racing edged into the conversation, one did. Aggressiveness was on display in the early going and unfortunately was blamed by some drivers for the chaos and accidents that permeated the night.
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.
Jones, 23, earned Monster Energy Cup Rookie of the Year honors a year ago with Furniture Row Racing before joining Joe Gibbs Racing this season.