Jones battled back from damage sustained in a multicar wreck on Lap 65, an accident that cost him a lap.
"Oh boy, how 'bout that race boys and girls?" Jones shouted to the fans in the grandstands after his celebratory burnout in front of the flag stand.
"What an awesome day", he said afterward. Truex blamed himself for failing to see Jones' run coming in his rear-view mirror. That wreck provided the coup de grace for Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Trevor Bayne. "I think he would have exceeded me on my excitement crossing the start-finish line". Ty Dillon was sixth, followed by Matt DiBenedetto and Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon.
With a push from Kahne, Truex got the lead after the final restart on Lap 167 but couldn't hold it. "We needed to win to get in the playoffs".
Jones was involved in one of the many wrecks, but his No. 20 Toyota was still in good enough shape to get by Truex late. "But it's just stupid because guys have got to focus a little bit".
"I was really bummed".
Truex lapped the 2.5-mile tri-oval in 47.069 seconds at 191.209 miles per hour.
That Jones Boy got it done tonight at ol' Daytona!
With a speed of 194.045 miles per hour, Chase Elliott will lead the Coke Zero Sugar 400 field to green Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
But Keselowski didn't blame Stenhouse. Byron and Busch were running 1-2 at the time.
"He wrapped his hand around mine twice when I shook it", Dillon said. "I made the mistake of lifting instead of just driving through him, and that's my fault".
"The 2 got wrecked and so did everyone else", Hamlin said. I thought we were out of it and all of a sudden we were right back in it, take the lead and ran away. I raced up front as long as I could.
Stenhouse tapped Kyle Busch and caused him to lose control.
Jones, a native of Byron, Mich., wished his mother, Carol, had been there for the race, given all she had done to make the victory happen, too. "He just told me some pretty cool things, so it was cool hanging out with him because I've always been a great fan of him".
"Unfortunate for us, but we had a good race going". But it stinks to be on that side of it. It doesn't mean anything to lead these laps in the middle of the race. Stenhouse and his team experienced that the hard way on Saturday night, winning the first two stages but watching Erik Jones get the victory while the 17 came come 17th.
Dillon, who was involved in one incident, finished ninth Saturday. 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.