Erik Jones earns a victory at Daytona Speedway

Chase Elliott

She had pitted in more than 25 Xfinity, Truck and ARCA races and made her Cup debut on Saturday night.

At the end of a week in which talk of younger drivers needing to show force in NASCAR racing edged into the conversation, one did. Ty Dillon was sixth, followed by Matt DiBenedetto and Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Brendan Gaughan and D.J. Kennington were the final cars on the lead lap. Erik Jones won his first career Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. My first Cup win, my first win at Daytona, my first superspeedway win.

"It was okay, I think - you never know what you're going to get here", said Truex. That saw a couple of questionable moves made by one driver that caused to big wrecks that knocked out many of NASCAR's major drivers.

Jones, 22, beat Martin Truex Jr, AJ Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher in a two-lap shootout.

STENHOUSE, AGAIN: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the focus of much of the evening's caution activity, caused the eighth caution with 11 laps to go when damage on his vehicle caused a tire rub and eventually a tire failure.

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.

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Jimmie Johnson led for a season-high 10 laps, but was pretty much out of contention when with less than 40 laps to go he was assessed a one-lap penalty for a pit-road violation.

Stenhouse was involved in five crashes and was the root cause of two of them. Busch's No. 18 Toyota slide right and took out William Byron.

"I felt like when I was in the front I could kind of control the field and make them do what I wanted them to do".

Stenhouse took out Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and others. 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. Keselowski's No. 2 Ford slammed into the side of Busch, and more than a dozen cars were unable to slow down. "It usually happens much later in the night".

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.

Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman are on the front row at Daytona, a needed boost for both the team and manufacturer Chevrolet.

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