MI auto racing highlights - from Daytona to Kalamazoo

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Asked why there seemed to be so many wrecks happening at the front of the field Saturday night, Stenhouse said, "You try to be so aggressive to stay up front". Rounding out the top 10 were Ty Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon and Alex Bowman. The only lap Jones led was the last one.

"How about that boys and girls", Jones shouted to the crowd as he climbed out of his race winning ride. "I didn't think we were going to have a shot to win this one about halfway". Jones was involved in one of the many wrecks, but his No. 20 Toyota was still in good enough shape to get by Martin Truex Jr. AJ Allmendinger finished third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher.

Who Had a Bad Day: It seemed nobody was immune to getting caught in a huge accident Saturday night and that tone started on lap 54 when almost half the field was involved in a multi-car melee.

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 auto caused a tire rub and eventually a tire failure.

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. Both Keselowski and Byron got wrapped up in two separate wrecks, but that didn't stop Keselowski from directing his frustration at the 20-year-old rookie.

Stenhouse won the first stage, taking the lead from pole-sitter Chase Elliott on the 14th lap.

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Stenhouse tapped Kyle Busch and caused him to lose control. Eight laps later, Byron and Kyle Busch were involved and the caution resulted in Byron losing his spot.

"For them to get it here at a really big race was cool to see". "Ricky (Stenhouse) 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 just threw a late, bad block, Keselowski said".

"The 2 got wrecked and so did everyone else", Hamlin said.

"There was a ton of torn-up cars so I figured we'd be able to salvage something", Larson said, not knowing there would be a few more added to the wreckage by night's end.

Last year's victor Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was out in front for 51 laps and won the first two stages of the race, but, with 36 laps to go, he and Kyle Larson were involved in a collision.

Daytona 500 victor Austin Dillon didn't seem to be much of a factor, but he made it to the end of the night and finished ninth.

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