Erik Jones wins Daytona crash-fest

Sunday 8th July, 2018 - 3:30pm

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Erik Jones

Erik Jones has earned his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory after a Coke Zero Sugar 400 crash-fest at Daytona International Speedway.

The #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver swung by Martin Truex Jnr on the final lap during the second overtime of the race to win in what is his 57th start.

AJ Allmendinger crossed the line a close third ahead of Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher in fifth.

The race changed complexion on Lap 121 when the front running cars kicked off a cycle of green-flag pit stops for the run to the flag.

Race leader at the time, Jimmie Johnson, stopped outside his pit box and received a one-lap penalty for the matter, while Clint Bowyer also copped a sanction for having a loose wheel on pit road.

With four laps to go, a major crash unfolded at Turn 2, with big hitters Johnson, Joey Gase, Aric Almirola and Michael McDowell all involved, pushing the race into overtime.

Kevin Harvick led the field into overtime, but Truex Jnr took over the top spot as another multi-car wreck occurred before the field could take the white flag.

Darrell Wallace Jnr and Clint Bowyer made contact on the main straight, firing the #14 of Bowyer into the wall and triggering chaos behind.

On the second overtime restart, Truex Jnr once again led the pack to green until Jones powered his way by and into the lead on the last lap to take the victory.

Ricky Stenhouse Jnr swept first two stages of the race but finished a lap down in 17th after taking damage in a later crash.

He also initiated a pair of accidents in the second stage which together accounted for more than half the field, including series leader Kyle Busch.

Busch wasn’t running at the finish but holds onto the points lead having been classified 23rd.

Ty Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon and Alex Bowman rounded out the top 10.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway next for the Quaker State 400 on July 13-14 (local time).

Race highlights

Results: Coke Zero Sugar 400, Daytona International Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 20 Erik Jones Toyota 168 1 Running
2 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 168 20 Running
3 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 168 1 Running
4 95 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 168 17 Running
5 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 168 0 Running
6 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 168 3 Running
7 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 168 0 Running
8 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 168 1 Running
9 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 168 0 Running
10 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 168 1 Running
11 7 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 168 0 Running
12 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 168 0 Running
13 96 DJ Kennington Toyota 168 0 Running
14 43 Bubba Wallace Chevrolet 167 0 Running
15 38 David Ragan Ford 167 0 Running
16 51 Ray Black Jnr Chevrolet 167 0 Running
17 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 167 51 Running
18 23 JJ Yeley Toyota 166 0 Running
19 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 162 8 Crash
20 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 162 0 Crash
21 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 162 0 Crash
22 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 162 2 Crash
23 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 162 10 Crash
24 99 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 162 0 Running
25 00 Joey Gase Chevrolet 161 0 Crash
26 34 Michael McDowell Ford 155 20 Crash
27 10 Aric Almirola Ford 155 0 Crash
28 21 Paul Menard Ford 152 0 Running
29 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 123 0 Crash
30 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 68 0 Crash
31 72 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 65 0 Crash
32 24 William Byron Chevrolet 64 12 Crash
33 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 64 1 Crash
34 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 54 11 Crash
35 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 54 0 Crash
36 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 53 9 Crash
37 41 Kurt Busch Ford 53 0 Crash
38 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 53 0 Crash
39 22 Joey Logano Ford 53 0 Crash
40 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 53 0 Crash

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Playoff pts
1 Kyle Busch 749   18 5 30
2 Kevin Harvick 692 -57 18 5 27
3 Martin Truex Jnr 629 -120 18 3 18
4 Joey Logano 618 -131 18 1 7
5 Brad Keselowski 596 -153 18 0 4
6 Clint Bowyer 594 -155 18 2 10
7 Kurt Busch 566 -183 18 0 2
8 Kyle Larson 544 -205 18 0 0
9 Denny Hamlin 538 -211 18 0 2
10 Aric Almirola 503 -246 18 0 1
11 Ryan Blaney 496 -253 18 0 4
12 Jimmie Johnson 461 -288 18 0 0
13 Erik Jones 448 -301 18 1 5
14 Chase Elliott 444 -305 18 0 0
15 Alex Bowman 426 -323 18 0 0
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 407 -342 18 0 2
17 Paul Menard 371 -378 18 0 1
18 Austin Dillon 347 -402 18 1 5
19 Ryan Newman 332 -417 18 0 0
20 Daniel Suarez 318 -431 18 0 0
21 William Byron 318 -431 18 0 0
22 Jamie McMurray 316 -433 18 0 0
23 AJ Allmendinger 307 -442 18 0 1
24 Chris Buescher 293 -456 18 0 0
25 Bubba Wallace 292 -457 18 0 0
26 Kasey Kahne 269 -480 18 0 0
27 David Ragan 263 -486 18 0 0
28 Michael McDowell 260 -489 18 0 0
29 Ty Dillon 244 -505 18 0 0
30 Matt DiBenedetto 214 -535 18 0 0
31 Trevor Bayne 185 -564 14 0 0
32 Gray Gaulding 113 -636 17 0 0
33 Landon Cassill 89 -660 11 0 0
34 Cole Whitt 87 -662 9 0 0
35 DJ Kennington 82 -667 7 0 0
36 Jeffrey Earnhardt 61 -688 7 0 0
37 Corey LaJoie 58 -691 9 0 0
38 Brendan Gaughan 49 -700 3 0 0
39 Matt Kenseth 49 -700 4 0 0
40 Reed Sorenson 36 -713 8 0 0
41 Harrison Rhodes 23 -726 5 0 0
42 Mark Thompson 15 -734 1 0 0
43 Chris Cook 6 -743 1 0 0
44 Tomy Drissi 5 -744 1 0 0
45 Kyle Weatherman 4 -745 1 0 0
46 Derrike Cope 4 -745 2 0 0
47 Danica Patrick 2 -747 1 0 0
48 Cody Ware 1 -748 2 0 0
49 Justin Marks 0 -749 2 0 0
50 David Gilliland 0 -749 1 0 0
51 Ray Black Jnr 0 -749 1 0 0
52 Ross Chastain 0 -749 16 0 0
53 JJ Yeley 0 -749 4 0 0
54 Parker Kligerman 0 -749 2 0 0
55 Timothy Peters 0 -749 1 0 0
56 Cole Custer 0 -749 2 0 0
57 Joey Gase 0 -749 3 0 0
58 Timmy Hill 0 -749 7 0 0
59 Daniel Hemric 0 -749 1 0 0

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