Erik Jones wins at Daytona in final lap

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

The 51 laps he led Saturday night were the most he's led in a race this season.

Stenhouse's luck was met with cheers after the Roush Fenway Racing driver started two accidents that wrecked more than half the field in Stage 2. Those are the kinds of things that get other drivers heated, potentially even to the point where they want to start throwing punches.

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. "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".

"There was a ton of torn-up cars so I figured we'd be able to salvage something", Larson said, not knowing there would be a few more added to the wreckage by night's end. This wreck involved the following cars; 22, 3, 9, 4, 2, 12, 19, 95, 88, 11, 41, 32, 14, 10, 48, 43. "It usually happens much later in the night".

"The second one with (Kyle Busch), I was just too aggressive trying to get to his left-rear, trying to get back to the lead and back out front where our (car) was really dominant".

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"I've never been that good on superspeedways and never thought this was our shot to win". 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.

Busch was second after starting 15th, followed by Kyle Larson, William Byron and pole-sitter Elliott.

Defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. was penalized during pit stops for having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman are on the front row at Daytona, a needed boost for both the team and manufacturer Chevrolet. It's the longest losing winless stretch for the American manufacturer since a 31-race drought in 1981-82.

Austin Dillon celebrated his Daytona 500 victory by putting his signature, hand prints and right foot on a cement block on the track's Walk of Fame earlier Saturday. Got ourselves back into contention, and our guys did a great job getting this thing fixed up and getting the into victory lane. Toyota and Ford have pulled away in the standings.

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