Erik Jones Gets First Win in Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona

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Jones shouted to the crowd when he climbed out of his auto. Stenhouse and his team experienced that the hard way on Saturday night, winning the first two stages but watching Erik Jones get the victory while the 17 came come 17th.

Chase Elliott is on the pole and the green flag has dropped for the start of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

The race's defending champion, Stenhouse had a fast vehicle once again, and won the race's first two stages. "We needed to win to get in the playoffs, so it is what it is". 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.

AJ Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher rounded out the top five. "It's a first win".

That ended in a flash as Jones wrote a fairy tale finish to a crash-filled night by zipping past reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr., his former teammate at Furniture Row Racing, for the lead on the last lap of the second overtime.

Maybe these so-called "Young Guns" do know how to find victory lane.

Even worse, Stenhouse was right at the center of the night's two biggest wrecks, including one early on that involved a number of top cars. However, he was not able to hold on to the lead he held at the start of the first overtime.

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He must get past three-time champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals on Friday for another shot at the title. But he blew those three set points, the last with a double-fault he later called "a big mistake".

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.

But the Roush Fenway Racing driver didn't feel a need to apologize.

"Certainly never want to see that many cars torn up, but we don't control what goes on behind the wheel", O'Donnell said Monday at a media event announcing the distance for the Charlotte road course playoff race. Keselowski had a push from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the time and had nowhere to go. Cars in the following group were swept into the accident. Truex beat him off the restart, and the No. 4 vehicle wound up getting caught up in a wreck that forced another overtime. She had pitted in more than 25 Xfinity, Truck and ARCA races and made her Cup debut on Saturday night.

"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". "He just told me some pretty cool things, so it was cool hanging out with him because I've always been a great fan of him". "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".

"I thought it felt typical as far as the way the cars were driving", he said after finishing second and being involved in one incident.

STAGE ONE: Stenhouse dominated the race's first stage and edged Kyle Busch for the stage win.

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