The second crash sent the race into overtime and the wreck involved Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Bubba Wallace Jr, Jimmie Johnson, Ross Chastain, Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Brendan Gaughan and Alex Bowman. "It was just a little bit of survival and at the end trying to make the right moves". Took the lead and ran away. "What an awesome day, man". I am out of breath.
Erik Jones created so much smoke during his burnout that he had trouble breathing afterward. "He's a good kid".
"He won it straight up", Truex said. "There was nothing I could do". "We'll wait until Talladega, and every one of those rookie drivers and guys that don't know what the hell they're doing, we'll drive through them and wreck them until they stop blocking us and we don't have this problem anymore". Kurt Busch, who was involved in one of the wrecks, expressed his frustration in a tweet.
"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".
Most were not so lucky.
Stenhouse was most frustrated with the fact his Roush Fenway Racing team had provided him with a No. 17 Ford that appeared more than capable of winning the race.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Chase Elliott turned a lap of 194.045 miles per hour to win the pole at Daytona International Speedway and give sagging Chevrolet a much-needed boost.
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By winning the race at the four-turn, 2.5-mile (4.023-kilometer) Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida in his #20 Toyota, Jones became the seventh different driver to win at least one of the 18 races that have been held so far this season.
Stenhouse, who finished 17th, admitted he erred in causing those two crashes.
"It was okay, I think - you never know what you're going to get here", said Truex.
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. It was fun for awhile.
"Ricky was doing the best he could to give me a good push and had a great run to take the lead, and the vehicle in front of me (Byron) just threw a late, bad block", Keselowski said. "You don't want to be riding around".
Pandemonium at Daytona is nothing new.
When the dust settled, the baby-faced Jones was a victor with a journey anyone could embrace and a bright future ahead. "I think it's a great night, and it's a huge deal, and we're going to celebrate it".
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