Jones snatches dramatic win in crash-filled Daytona race


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 generated caution just before the field took the white flag thanks to a hard crash involving Harvick, Bowyer, Trevor Bayne, Bowman, Johnson and Wallace. Ty Dillon was sixth, followed by Matt DiBenedetto and Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon. Then Willam Byron would overtake the lead on the ensuing lap.

"Oh boy, how 'bout that race boys and girls?" It was Stenhouse's first stage win of the year. "The first one, (William Byron) blocked (Brad Keselowski) and from where I was sitting, I thought we were going to get to the inside of him, so I wasn't really expecting (Keselowski) to check up that quick", Stenhouse said. AJ Allmendinger finished third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher.

In fact, he went as far as saying that he "should have wrecked" William Byron, who used unsafe blocking maneuvers that collected several cars in one of the crashes.

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was leading when the wreck happened, but was penalized one lap for pitting outside his box during a stop a few laps earlier.

STENHOUSE, AGAIN: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the focus of much of the evening's caution activity, caused the eighth caution with 11 laps to go when damage on his auto caused a tire rub and eventually a tire failure.

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Stenhouse was involved in five crashes and was the root cause of two of them. It also saw the first career victories of one of NASCAR's new and young faces of the sport.

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

After rookie William Byron took the lead, a wreck on the 57th didn't impact the front group. Those are the kinds of things that get other drivers heated, potentially even to the point where they want to start throwing punches. "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 auto in front of me just threw a late, bad block, Keselowski said". Keselowski's No. 2 Ford slammed into the side of Busch, and more than a dozen cars were unable to slow down.

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.

Elliott was on the pole on the front with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman.