Erik Jones has a knack for shining on NASCAR's biggest stages with wins at Daytona International Speedway and Darlington.
1. Showcase winner
Erik Jones has five Top-5 finishes (and could have won Bristol) in his last seven starts, so his win at Darlington was no fluke. The victory came in his 100th Cup Series start. He now boasts wins at two historic tracks — Daytona and Darlington. Not shabby.
2. Late race
The Darlington race had a late start thanks to a wandering rainstorm that passed over the track. It was 1:54 a.m. Monday when NASCAR displayed the checkered flag to Jones. “I’m wore out mentally and physically,” Jones said, adding “I guarantee I ain’t going to bed.”
3. Darlington stripe
Kyle Busch blew his right front tire on the penultimate lap but was able to finish third in the race. He used the outside wall as a guide to get him to the checkered flag. “We were able to salvage a third, just dragging the fence for the last two laps,” said Busch, who clinched the regular-season title.