Erik Jones wins at Daytona in final lap

Erik Jones wins at Daytona in final lap

Two massive wrecks in Stage 2, both involving Ricky Stenhouse Jr., eliminated the majority of the contending cars and opened the door for a new victor. My first Cup win, my first win at Daytona, my first superspeedway win.

Austin Dillon gave Chevy its lone win of the season at the season-opening Daytona 500.

"Definitely happy to see those guys get their first win, " said Truex, who had Jones as a teammate at Furniture Row Racing past year.

Saunders said this week the sport needed the stable of young drivers to come along and "start to win and build their brands". "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".

Because the race featured so many wrecks, only 13 cars finished on the lead lap, and may drivers recorded their best finish of the season.

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. 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 victory was the first Cup win for the 22-year-old Jones, a driver nurtured by Toyota's motorsports program and one of the leading representatives of the young group of drivers expected to gain traction over the next few years. So happy for him, happy for his family and his fans. I've got to get better at my mirror-driving.

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Chevrolet extended its winless streak to 18 races, its longest since a 31-race drought in 1981-82.

Elliott, who sprained his right ankle earlier this week "horsing around in the pool", had won two poles at the Daytona 500. It's been a tradition for each Daytona 500 champ since 1996.

"I've got to wreck more people, and then they'll stop blocking me late and behind like that".

"He wrapped his hand around mine twice when I shook it", Dillon said. And it was my fault because I lifted.

"There's so much smoke in the vehicle from that burnout, I can hardly breathe, but what an awesome finish". Thanks to a push from Chris Buescher, Jones was able to get ahead of Truex Jr. and stretched the advantage to a couple of vehicle lengths as the field raced through Turns 3 and 4. "It's been so rewarding to be part of history while at the same time inspiring others to take on challenges they thought might not be possible".

O'Leary and Daniels, roommates in North Carolina, are the fifth and sixth female NASCAR Drive for Diversity crew members to reach the Cup series.

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