Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jones Wins First NASCAR Race

Jones Wins First NASCAR Race

He starts from the top Saturday night as the Hendrick Motorsports driver goes for his first career win.

There were 10 total cautions during the race and several top competitors were involved in crashes, including Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, who were all knocked out after a pile-up during the 54th lap.

A young driver took home the checkered flag on Saturday night in NASCAR's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher rounded out the top five.

JOHNSON PENALIZED: Jimmie Johnson, seeking to end a 40-race winless streak, was running up front with 40 laps to go when his crew serviced the auto outside its pit box. Harvick led the field to green on Lap 162 to start the first overtime, but he fell victim to the nine-car wreck before that circuit was completed. Busch's No. 18 Toyota slide right and took out William Byron. Stenhouse Jr. was able to continue but cut a tire later in the race to take him from contention... He pointed the finger at Byron, who moved down the track to put a late block on the No. 2 and forced Keselowski to check up.

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.

"Ricky 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 (Byron) just threw a late, bad block", Keselowski said.

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"When one auto sits sideways in front of the field at 200 miles per hour, you can't get through it", driver Joey Logano said of the mishaps. 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. My first Cup win.

After winning the first two stages, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was involved in three accidents, with Kyle Larson with 37 laps to go, a single-car spin with 11 laps to go and the wreck on the first overtime restart.

Chase Elliott won the pole.

Chevrolet has been mostly noncompetitive since Austin Dillon won the season-opening Daytona 500 in February.

Defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. was penalized during pit stops for having an uncontrolled tire on pit road. Bowman won the pole for this year's Daytona 500 in the debut race for the Chevy Camaro.

Daytona 500 victor Austin Dillon didn't seem to be much of a factor, but he made it to the end of the night and finished ninth.

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