Jones wins night race at Daytona

Jones wins night race at Daytona

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Kentucky Speedway next Saturday night.

The win comes in Joe Gibbs Racing driver's 57th career start.

"No, it's aggressive speedway racing", he said.

Stage One: Polesitter #9 Chase Elliott was able to lead the first 10 laps until #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr traded the lead between himself and Elliott for a couple laps before leading the rest of the stage and capturing his first stage win of the year. "We needed to win to get in the playoffs, so it is what it is". Part two happened just 10 laps later when Stenhouse Jr. made contact with Kyle Busch who spun into William Byron and from there more with nowhere to go with McMurray again among the unfortunate (See Also: Stenhouse Spotlight)...

Truex finished second, followed by AJ Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher. "If he would've hit me, I would've tried to move or save it, but I never got hit". My first Cup win.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17) crosses the finish line to win the first stage of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Got ourselves back into contention, and our guys did a great job getting this thing fixed up and getting the into victory lane.

FIRST OVERTIME: Just before the leaders took the white flag, a multicar collision took out another set of contenders and brought out the red flag. However, he was not able to hold on to the lead he held at the start of the first overtime.

Jones passed Martin Truex Jr. with about a lap remaining after one of several earlier wrecks denied Truex from what looked like a sure victory.

Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O'Leary worked as tire changers for Rick Ware Racing driver Ray Black Jr. With 36 laps to go Larson had a tire go down and Stenhouse Jr. drove into the rear of the No. 42 Chevrolet.

THE BIG ONE: More than half of the 40-car field was involved in the first big crash of the night.

Shortly before the wreck on the initial would-be final lap, Kahne and Kevin Harvick were side-by-side with six laps to go when another wreck caused a significant delay with cars spread around the infield. I know better than that.

Truex had posted only one other top-five finish - a second in the 2016 Daytona 500 - in 26 previous starts at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. I thought we were out of it and all of a sudden we were right back in it, take the lead and ran away.

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. "I made the mistake of lifting instead of just driving through him, and that's my fault". After a clean race to this point, on lap 47, the first caution of the day came out as Paul Menard got a bump from Jimmie Johnson on the backstretch.