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  • Associated Press Pole-sitter Chase Elliott climbs into his car before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Saturday, July 07, 2018 11:30 pm

Erik Jones gets 1st Cup win in crash-filled race at Daytona

MARK LONG | Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Erik Jones has won a crash-filled NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, passing defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. on the final lap and then crossing the finish line for the first victory of his Cup Series career.

Jones was involved in one of the many wrecks, but his No. 20 Toyota was still in good enough shape to get by Truex.

Truex finished second, followed by AJ Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher. It was another odd top 10 at Daytona. Ty Dillon was sixth, followed by Matt DiBenedetto and Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon.

Last year's race winner, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., had the most memorable run. He started two early accidents that wrecked more than half the field and was part of two more cautions late.

Chevrolet extended its winless streak to 18 races, its longest since a 31-race drought in 1981-82.

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