Erik Jones captures first career victory in a wild race at Daytona

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Jones shouted to the crowd when he climbed out of his vehicle.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones (20) celebrates after winning the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., July 7, 2018.

The victory was the first Cup win for the 22-year-old Jones, a driver nurtured by Toyota's motorsports program and one of the leading representatives of the young group of drivers expected to gain traction over the next few years. He won the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion. "I thought we were out of it and all of a sudden we're right back in it".

"Again, he's put a lot of effort in to getting here and he's in a good position and he's got a lot of pressure on him, so to finally get that first one out of the way, I think it'll help him a bunch".

Erik Jones won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway in a second overtime attempt, claiming his first Cup Series win. But to get here tonight, that's pretty awesome. Survival was the key component for success and those that were able to avoid the many melees had a shot to win as Jones proved. Stage One top 10 was as follows #17Ricky Stenhouse Jr, #18 Kyle Busch, #42 Kyle Larson, #24 William Byron, #9 Chase Elliott, #41 Kurt Busch, #31 Ryan Newman, #2 Brad Keselowski, #3 Austin Dillon, and #88 Alex Bowman rounded out the top 10.

AJ Allmendinger finished third, followed by Kasey Kahne, Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon. Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. made contact with Clint Bowyer, who spun and collected Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Trevor Bayne and Ross Chastain. The outside lane was more organized as the final lap unfolded, and Jones got a strong run through Turns 1 and 2.

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Even worse, Stenhouse was right at the center of the night's two biggest wrecks, including one early on that involved a number of top cars.

After rookie William Byron took the lead, a wreck on the 57th didn't impact the front group. And it was my fault because I lifted. 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.

"I should have wrecked him and sent a message to the whole field". 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.

Two massive wrecks in Stage 2, both involving Ricky Stenhouse Jr., eliminated the majority of the contending cars and opened the door for a new victor.

"I just think it's cool for Erik", said Truex, who had Jones as a teammate at Furniture Row Racing previous year.

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