Stenhouse wins another stage at Daytona

Lynette Rowe
July 12, 2018

Erik Jones survived several gnarly wrecks, defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. on his bumper late and the pressure of overtime at NASCAR's most famous track.

"I didn't give him anything", Truex Jr. said of Jones. It doesn't mean anything to lead these laps in the middle of the race.

"How about that boys and girls", Jones shouted to the crowd as he climbed out of his race winning ride.

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"There's so much smoke in the vehicle from that burnout, I can hardly breathe, but what an awesome finish".

Truex finished second, followed by AJ Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher - another odd top 10 at Daytona. That wreck provided the coup de grace for Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Trevor Bayne. Jones shouted to the crowd when he climbed out of his vehicle.

On the final restart, Jones started second on the outside of Truex, his former teammate at Furniture Row Racing. The American automaker hasn't been to victory lane since and hadn't really gotten close to a checkered.

"He got hit from behind, so I didn't get hit anywhere", Byron said. He just hit from behind me. "But it's just stupid because guys have got to focus a little bit". I've got to get better at my mirror-driving. "It's discouraging because even if you're fast and you get up there and race, there's a good shot you're still going to get in a wreck".

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was involved in five crashes Saturday night.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the first two stages of the race.

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That Jones Boy got it done tonight at ol' Daytona!

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: The race was marred by two large wrecks in Stage 2, with the first on Lap 54 involving 24 cars and eliminating pole-sitter Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and other contenders ...

But Keselowski didn't blame Stenhouse.

The first crash happened when Keselowski tried to go for the lead on William Byron, who threw a block. "He just told me some pretty cool things, so it was cool hanging out with him because I've always been a great fan of him".

"The 2 got wrecked and so did everyone else", Hamlin said. I thought we were out of it and all of a sudden we were right back in it, take the lead and ran away.

Byron didn't stay up front for long. Both Byron and Busch were knocked out of the race in that accident.

The No. 18 vehicle finished in 33rd place.

Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's chief racing development officer, said NASCAR does not plan to change the package for the Talladega playoff race, the final restrictor-plate race of the season. But it stinks to be on that side of it. Ty Dillon had his first career top-10 finish in his 72nd race and it was the first top-10 finish for Germain Racing since Casey Mears finished sixth in the 2015 Daytona 500.

Dillon, who was involved in one incident, finished ninth Saturday.

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