Jones earns 1st career Cup win at Daytona

  • Jones earns 1st career Cup win at Daytona

Jones earns 1st career Cup win at Daytona

He led one lap, the final circuit. "How about that race boys and girls!"

"That was something else, man". "I thought we were out of it and all of a sudden we're right back in it". "It's a first win".

"What an awesome day", he said afterward.

Truex finished second, followed by AJ Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher.

"He got hit from behind, so I didn't get hit anywhere", Byron 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.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Kentucky Speedway next Saturday night.

The photo above was taken nine years ago at Owosso Speedway by Patrick McNamara, and it shows Jones being interviewed by track announcer Matt Prieur.

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.

The first overtime restart saw a crash right before the start-finish line the involved Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Bubba Wallace, Johnson, Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ross Chastain, Brendan Gaughan and Ryan Newman. "I'm just here praying for a top-10 and some stage points". He started two early accidents that wrecked more than half the field and was part of two more cautions late. 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. The 51 laps he led Saturday night were the most he's led in a race this season. Then as Keselowski was trying to get the lead back, Stenhouse Jr. got into the back of Keselowski and turned him into Kurt Busch, causing the "Big One" in turn 3. The first occurred on lap 157 involving Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Joey Gase and Michael McDowell. Aggressiveness was on display in the early going and unfortunately was blamed by some drivers for the chaos and accidents that permeated the night. Jones was one of the lucky ones who avoided major damage.

Quotable: "My fault...we're not wrecking enough people, people are throwing too many bad blocks", Brad Keselowski after getting eliminated from the race in the night's 20 auto crash.

The win for Jones, 22, was a landmark moment for the Michigan-born driver, as he broke through to claim the victory in his first season and 57th start with Joe Gibbs racing.